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Former Chief Justice McLachlin joins Arbitration Place

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 11:13 AM | By John Chunn


Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada, has joined Arbitration Place and will work as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally.

McLachlin brings broad and deep experience from over 35 years in deciding a wide range of business and public law disputes, in both common law and civil law.

“Chief Justice McLachlin will be in high demand as an arbitrator and mediator nationally and especially internationally where she enjoys a tremendous reputation in the global legal community,” said former Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie, who has become a highly regarded international and Canadian arbitrator also based at Arbitration Place. “She was an experienced trial judge before rocketing up to the Supreme Court. With her legal experience at the B.C. bar and over 30 years on the bench, combined with personal warmth and great people skills, she has made a valuable contribution to practically every area of the law. She has yet another great career ahead of her.”

Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada

McLachlin served as chief justice from 2000 to mid-December 2017.

Her judicial career began in 1981 in British Columbia. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia later that year and was elevated to the B.C. Court of Appeal in 1985. She was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1988 and seven months later, she was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

McLachlin is the first and only woman to be chief justice of Canada, and she was Canada’s longest serving chief justice. It is generally recognized that the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada during her tenure have affirmed Canada as a jurisdiction that is very supportive of arbitration.

“I am delighted and honoured to be joining Arbitration Place and its amazing roster of arbitrators and mediators” said McLachlin. “I look forward to working in the fields of arbitration and mediation, both of which are important, effective and efficient forms for resolving commercial and other disputes.”

McLachlin added, “Canada has all the attributes to be one of the world’s leading places for arbitration, and I look forward to working with Arbitration Place and others in the Canadian arbitration community to achieve that goal.”

In June 2018, McLachlin was appointed to the Order of Canada as a recipient of its highest accolade, companion of the Order of Canada. She has received over 35 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad and numerous other honours and awards.