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Ian Binnie

Lenczner Slaght LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1967


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Lenczner Slaght LLP
199 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1A9
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Ian Binnie, C.C., K.C., serves as Of Counsel at Lenczner Slaght, bringing a wealth of knowledge from his distinguished career. Known as one of Canada's most esteemed arbitrators and advocates, Binnie's legacy includes nearly 14 years on the Supreme Court of Canada, where his judicial prowess earned him widespread acclaim. His retirement in 2011 was marked by national recognition of his unparalleled contributions to Canadian jurisprudence.

Appointed directly from the bar as only the fourth modern Justice to achieve this, Binnie authored over 170 opinions on the Supreme Court, covering a vast array of legal territories including corporate and commercial disputes, constitutional, criminal, and administrative law, aboriginal rights, and intellectual property, among others.

In his current role, Binnie imparts strategic counsel and dispute resolution expertise, drawing from both his judicial experience and decades as a leading litigator in Canada. His legal battles spanned across the country, advocating in the Supreme Court on critical constitutional, civil, and criminal matters.

Binnie's commitment to public service is evident in his tenure as Canada's Associate Deputy Minister of Justice in the early 1980s and his appointment as Special Parliamentary Counsel. His international engagements include membership in the International Commission of Jurists, appearances before the International Court of Justice, and representation of Canada in significant international disputes.

His practice areas include appeals, commercial litigation, defamation and media, intellectual property, professional liability and regulation, and public law. Binnie's bar admissions are extensive, reflecting a legal career of significant breadth and depth, including Ontario (1967), England (1966), and several others over the years.

Binnie's academic background is equally impressive, with law degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Toronto, alongside an earlier education at McGill University.


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