COVID-19 Restart Series: How the Pandemic May Impact the Canadian Legal Landscape in the Short and Long Term
How might the law change over time in light of COVID-19? In this interactive session, lawyers from Lenczner Slaght and their in-house counsel guest will present a fact scenario that will allow for discussion of the potential legal issues surrounding the pandemic now and in the future. The goal of the session will be to spot emerging issues and anticipate potential changes to the law brought on by COVID-19. The discussion will include:
When does a pandemic allow you to get out of a contract? How do you protect your client’s contractual rights?
• Material adverse change
• Force majeure
• Good faith during changed circumstances
• Risk management considerations from a GC perspective
Can you get insurance coverage for business losses?
How do you deal with insolvent counterparties and the coming wave of insolvencies?
What does litigation look like after COVID-19?
• Interim Remedies / Injunctions
• Real-time decision making
• How to do virtual hearings quickly
• Ethical considerations for litigating in the new reality
Scott is the Research Partner at Lenczner Slaght. He provides the firm's clients with strategic advice and analysis to solve complex legal problems quickly and effectively. Scott crafts creative solutions that are tailored specifically to each unique litigation objective. He has played an instrumental role in many high-profile and precedent-setting cases involving banking, corporate oppression, insolvency and restructuring, securities, pensions, derivatives, auditors' negligence and other complex commercial disputes – at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Monique is a Partner at Lenczner Slaght and a member of the firm’s management committee. She is litigation counsel in complex proceedings from inception through trial. She focuses on class actions, contract and shareholder disputes, civil fraud cases, injunctions, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and securities and derivatives cases. Monique’s clients include major financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, technology companies, and other multinational corporations who routinely face challenging, cross-border disputes. Monique is a member of the Toronto Commercial List Users’ Committee. The Advocates’ Society awarded her the Douglas K. Laidlaw for Excellence in Advocacy.
Jonathan is Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel and France-Canada Cluster Lead at Pfizer. He supports all aspects of business legal counsel for the company, including corporate law, risk management, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, contracts, corporate governance, competition, regulatory, negotiation, intellectual property, compliance, communications, drafting, strategy, financial issues and other legal matters.