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Beverley McLachlin joins Arbitration Place

Arbitration Place proudly announces that former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, has joined Arbitration Place and will work as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally.

Ms. 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; her ability to work in both English and French; and her experience and skill in leading and consensus-building honed over many years as the head of a diverse nine-member court.

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, CC, CStJ served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017.

Her judicial career began in 1981 in the province of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia (a court of first instance) later that year and was elevated to the British Columbia 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.

Ms. 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.

In June 2018 Ms. 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.

Ms. McLachlin is the author of numerous legal articles and publications, as well as a mystery novel, Full Disclosure, published in 2018.

In addition to her role at Arbitration Place, Ms. McLachlin currently sits as a Justice of Singapore’s International Commercial Court and the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

For more information and to contact Ms. McLachlin in respect of your next arbitration, mediation, or mock hearing, please click here.

© Supreme Court of Canada, photographed by Roy Grogan

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