At Chand & Co.'s practice, our core business is commercial and civil litigation. Given our diverse experience, we have what it takes to represent you in various business disputes. It does not matter how simple or complex your case is. Our lawyers have what it takes to negotiate the best outcome for you. We only take on the number of cases we can handle to ensure we give every case the attention it deserves. We take pride in our impeccable attention to detail and personalized client interactions. All our lawyers are responsive and will walk with you from the commencement of your case to its conclusion. We will provide you with valuable legal counsel throughout the case process.
Why Work With Us
hearings, trials &
$10 million +
In judgements obtained
expertise in high-value
Guelph Civil and Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Given the complex nature of business disputes, it’s best to have an aggressive lawyer, Guelph, by your side. Chand & Co. has a great team of lawyers who will go out of their way to protect your rights and secure the most favourable outcome for your case. You can count on our effective legal representation, whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff. We have the experience and resources to handle even the most complex and demanding civil litigation cases. Our lawyers will take time to analyze your case before working to meet and even exceed your expectations. We seek to resolve legal matters quickly to minimize the cost and distraction of your business. With our many years of experience in Guelph, we can predict the outcome of a case if it proceeds to trial. Sometimes, we can recommend arbitration if we feel it offers a better resolution path. However, we will aggressively represent you even if your case proceeds to trial. We understand the trial process and are not intimidated by it.
civil and commercial
professional regulation and
Breach of contract
Condominium Litigation Law
and administrative law
Toronto Civil and Commercial
Business disputes can be stressful and costly so getting the right advice is essential. At Chand & Co. we offer a formidable team of lawyers with expertise in high-value, high-stakes litigation. We are tenacious, creative and pragmatic, working to protect and advance your interests while attaining the outcome you require even in the most demanding, complex cases. Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, we are able to anticipate your needs and will work tirelessly to meet or exceed your expectations. We understand the importance of your bottom line so we will diligently advocate to get you the most cost-effective settlement possible. Our experience as litigators allows us to forecast how a case will end up if it goes to court and, in many cases, arbitration might offer the most expedient and prudent path to a resolution. However, we do some of our finest work at trial so when the need arises, we are ready to fight on your behalf. At Chand & Co., you can be confident that we will do our utmost to protect your interests.
Ideally, contracts are designed to serve the best interest of all parties involved but they are not all created equally. Agreements are not always clear and the terms can be complicated, which is why knowledgeable counsel is essential to ensure your rights are protected.
Toronto Commercial Lease Dispute Lawyer
Our commercial lease dispute lawyers at Chand & Co. possess a diversity of experience to guide you through the process. We can review your lease to identify the applicable legal issue to help you develop a sound strategy to resolve it, which may include alternative dispute resolution. Remember, we are at your side, ready to litigate on your behalf.
Toronto Condominium Litigation Lawyer
At Chand & Co., we have gained insight from years of experience, and we can cut through the complex issues, whether at the development phase or the ownership stage. We will work tirelessly to find the most appropriate and cost-effective solution.
Toronto Public & Administrative
Our public and administrative law practice deals with representing clients before administrative tribunals and guiding our clients through investigations initiated by the government and regulators.
From the boardroom to the courtroom, from administrative and regulatory tribunals to the Superior Court,
our clients trust us to navigate complex litigation and deliver results.
Our clients entrust us with their most complex legal disputes when the stakes are at their highest and the outcome is of vital importance. We treat our client’s needs as if they are our own and stand beside them in their time of need.
When you hire our team, you will be choosing an accomplished and respected litigation firm with a proven track record of success that will have your best interests in mind. We pride ourselves in delivering unparalleled legal representation and professional excellence to our clients.
We take pride in providing exceptional personal and professional representation. We are available around the clock to protect, defend and advance your interests.
OUR UNIQUE SERVICE THAT HAS EARNED US OUR REPUTATION AND THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCE OF OUR CLIENTS.
Understanding The Steps In A Civil Lawsuit
In the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Commencing a Claim
The best place to start an action is at the Ontario Small Claims Court if you are suing for $35,000 or less. You must commence the claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice if the claim is above $35,000. Let’s consider actions commenced in the Superior Court of Justice for claims above $35,000. Before commencing a claim, the plaintiff prepares a statement of claim outlining the figure they are suing for. The statement also outlines the material facts that will be relied on in court. After preparing the statement of claim and paying the applicable filing fee, the court will authorize the issuance of a statement of claim. The plaintiff pays the filing fee to the Minister of Finance.
The claim is initiated under Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure if the claim is $200,000 or less. This process is also known as the simplified procedure. Claims above $200,000 are commenced under the ordinary rules. If the parties involved agree, they can rely on the simplified procedure even for claims above $200,000.
After issuing the statement of claim with the court, the plaintiff should serve the claim to all the listed defendants. The plaintiff must also file an affidavit of service with the court.
Defending a Claim
The defendant prepares a statement of defence if they intend to challenge the action commenced against them. This statement is served to the plaintiff and all relevant parties as outlined under the Rules of Civil Procedure. The defendant pays a service fee. The defendant also prepares an affidavit of service to show that the defence statement has been served to the relevant parties.
At this point, the defendant can commence a counterclaim against the plaintiff or a cross-claim against a co-defendant. There is also an option of making a 3rd party claim against any other party not listed.
The plaintiff can have a defendant noted in default if the defendant fails to defend action within 20 days of receiving the statement of claim. If this happens, the defendant can no longer file a defence without first seeking the plaintiff’s consent or filing a motion for an order to allow them to file a defence. Failing to defend a statement of claim could also mean that the defendant has accepted all the allegations contained in the statement. This allows the plaintiff to seek a default judgment against the defendant.
At this stage, the parties involved can agree to exchange evidence through the discovery process. The parties must first agree on a discovery plan to use this method to gather evidence. As of January 1, 2010, this agreement must be within 60 days following the close of pleadings and before alternative attempts to gather evidence.
All the parties involved in civil litigation will receive an affidavit of documents. Either party can serve a notice of examination to the other party outlining the place and time when the parties will come together and answer questions under oath. These examinations are transcribed and recorded. The transcripts serve as evidence that can be used in court to challenge the presented evidence.
The parties involved can agree to settle the case out of court through mediation. Mediation saves the parties time and money. As stated under rule 24.1 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, parties are subject to mandatory mediation for civil actions commenced in Toronto, Windsor, or Ottawa. Each party creates a mediation brief and serves it to the other party before mediation. A mediator is a neutral party that encourages the parties involved to dialogue and resolve their issues. All details, including the settlement offers made during mediation, are confidential.
Setting Down for Trial
At this point, a party sets down an action for trial. After the registrar places the action on the trial list, the parties attend an assignment court to choose when they will be available to attend the trial.
A pre-trial conference occurs before trial whereby the parties involved appear before the judge to narrow down the issues and concerns involved before trial. At this point, the parties will have an open dialogue to determine whether they can resolve the issues before trial.
If the parties cannot resolve their issues or reach an agreement at the pre-trial conference, the case will proceed to trial. During the trial, both the plaintiff and defendant and their lawyers will have an opportunity to make opening statements and introduce the case to the judge or jury. Both parties will present evidence by providing documents as exhibits and calling witnesses. The plaintiff witnesses come first. After they testify, the other party will cross-examine them. The defence will also have an opportunity to call their witnesses. After presenting evidence and calling witnesses, the plaintiff and defendant will make the closing submissions.
After the closing submissions, the judge can give a judgment or reserve this decision and give judgment later.
Find a Litigation Lawyer in Guelph Near Me
At Chand &Co.’s practice, commercial and civil litigation has always been our core business. We have what it takes to represent clients in various disputes. If you need a lawyer in Guelph or the southwestern Ontario area with services that you can rely on, we invite you to contact us today. Call us today for solid legal services and representation at 416-583-2377.
Headquartered on Bay St. in Toronto, Chand & Co., serves valued clients all across the province of Ontario and beyond. Our firm specializes in litigation matters ranging from civil/commercial to regulatory and criminal defence. From Toronto to Windsor and beyond, we have the resources and experience to represent all individuals and businesses of various sizes. Call us for a consult.
We are proud to have helped many clients with their legal needs with our personalized and attentive service. We are grateful that our clients endorse us heartily and without reservation. See some testimonials of what some of our valued clients are saying about us:
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding legal services you recently provided to us. As a result of your efforts, we have just received our settlement cheque. When we first approached you, we were quite distraught about the process of entering into litigation, but your sensitivity to our concerns immediately put us at ease. Your approach to our situation was at all times both creative and pragmatic. You were always accessible when we contacted to you and were extremely diligent in protecting our interests.
We will be recommending you enthusiastically to any of our friends and colleagues who find themselves in need of your legal services.
AT THE REQUEST OF CLIENT
In early 2009, we needed a great litigation lawyer for a particularly difficult regulatory matter. Pradeep Chand meet with us only two days after our initial phone call. He took time to understand our situation and to explain his approach to litigation. Pradeep's guidance, counsel and style yielded the desired results. Pradeep has represented us on subsequent litigation matters, all with successful results for our establishment.
Pradeep has earned our complete confidence. We now rely on his guidance and direction on all liquor license and litigation matters. We look forward to working with him for many years to come.
OWNER, SILVER CITY BAR & GRILL
Pradeep is one of the brightest and most tenacious litigators in liquor license and regulatory matters. I have had the chance to work with him on several different matters, and in each case his preparation was flawless and his arguments were well crafted. He is passionate about defending his clients. He has my highest recommendation.
CO-OWNER, STIRLING ROOM
Chand & Co is our go-to firm for any high-stakes litigation. They are smart, tough and effective.
AT THE REQUEST OF CLIENT
I am happy and proud as a client to commend Pradeep as a skilled and true advocate. Pradeep has also become our friend and trusted advisor. When you need a real lawyer, he’s your guy.
I wanted to thank the lawyers at Chand Snider for defending me in my case. I was absolutely impressed with their work as a criminal defence lawyer. Although I hope I don’t require your services again for obvious reasons, I would recommend you in a heartbeat to anyone I know in need.
AT THE REQUEST OF CLIENT
When your business needs a tough and clever litigation lawyer, you can’t afford to compromise on quality. Pradeep is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer in various areas of law and creative in resolving many challenging situations. He provides prompt, expedient service, and is extremely comfortable to work with!
PRESIDENT, ANZANO PAVING AND GENERAL CONSTRUCTION
I have been around and used a number of law firms and lawyers over the years for various matters. This includes the top large firms and litigation boutique firms in Toronto. Chand & Co are as good as it gets. I would recommend Pradeep and Murray to anyone who has any litigation issues.