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22CE - Contract Law

08 May 2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session will be offered again Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Course outline

This session will illustrate principles of contract law and negligence as well as aspects of the Ontario Court system from a practical perspective, based on actual cases involving professional liability claims against Ontario architects. The presentation will review in detail 4-5 cases based on professional liability claims which have been litigated against Ontario architects.  Causes of action in contract and negligence will be reviewed.  In each case, the Plaintiff's theory of liability and the Architect's defence will be covered along with the process followed for dispute resolution. The final outcome of each case will also be reviewed. Sometime will be allotted for questions or discussion regarding each case study.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide an overview of the Ontario court system;
  2. To provide an overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution;
  3. To describe basic elements of contract law and how contract claims are litigated and defended;
  4. To describe basic elements of the law of negligence, duty of care and standard of care and liability to persons outside of the contract.


Charles Simco has been with Shibley Righton LLP since 1985, and is an expert in construction law. He is a litigator with an emphasis on construction litigation, surety, professional liability litigation, and employment law. Charles has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario and has also appeared before several tribunals and inquests. The depth and breadth of his experience allows him to guide clients through the most technical of construction disputes, and to provide practical advice and direction on issues involving employment law.

He has been recognized as an expert in the practice of construction law and professional liability by L’Expert. Charles has also been recognized by such legal and construction organizations as the Ontario Bar Association, Surety Association of Canada, Ontario Association of Architects, University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, and Ontario Real Estate Association, all of which have invited him to speak on a variety of topics related to construction and professional liability issues.