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Law Foundation of Ontario names counsel to Class Proceedings Fund

Friday, November 27, 2020 @ 2:22 PM | By John Chunn

The Law Foundation of Ontario and the Class Proceedings Committee announced Nov. 26 that Margaret Sims has joined the Class Proceedings Fund as counsel, effective January 2021.

According to a press release from the foundation, Sims brings a wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation including bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters. She has represented major corporations, not-for-profit organizations, court-appointed monitors and trustees, directors, officers, debtors, creditors and creditor committees from a wide range of industries in commercial disputes and in the insolvency context.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Margaret,” said Paul Evraire, chair of the Class Proceedings Committee. “She brings to us over 20 years of litigation experience in managing complex and multisector litigation which will help expertly guide the Class Proceedings Fund, particularly in the current dynamic class action and access to justice landscapes.”

Sims is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and Toronto Lawyers Association. She has served as the volunteer president as well as in other leadership roles on the board of directors of Portland Place, a non-profit housing corporation that provides stable and supportive housing to formerly homeless and hard-to-house men, women and families.

Sims earned her LL.B from the University of British Columbia, a BA in economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She was called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 1997.

The foundation administers the Class Proceedings Fund to support the independent Class Proceedings Committee in providing financial assistance to parties involved in public interest class actions. In her role, Sims will work closely with the associate counsel and with members of the Class Proceedings Committee in managing the increasing number of class action funding applications received by the Class Proceedings Fund and in ensuring its fiscal sustainability.