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Beverley McLachlin to work on dispute regulation outside courts at Arbitration Place

Thursday, 27th July 2018

"In a development that could well promote badly needed gender diversity among commercial arbitrators, Beverley McLachlin, the former chief justice of Canada, has joined Arbitration Place in Toronto as an arbitrator and mediator.

“Having (McLachlin) join Arbitration Place will be a real shot in the arm for women in the field,” said Louise Barrington, a member arbitrator at Arbitration Place, “It’s role modelling clear and simple.”

But that wasn’t the main reason behind McLachlin’s move.

“I love judging but my ability to judge in traditional courts in Canada is over,” McLachlin said. “I love the process of listening to counsel, sorting out the facts to the best of my ability and applying the law, and because I can no longer do any of that as a judge, I decided to give arbitration and mediation a try.”

With 35 years as a judge spent overseeing a wide range of common- and civil-law disputes, the bilingual McLachlin, who served as chief justice from 2000 to 2017 (a record tenure), seems tailor-made for her new role."

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Language: English
Contact: Julius Melnitzer

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