News —

What Waddell Phillips has been making the news for lately.


Nov 7, 2019 – Waddell Phillips lawyer Cory Wanless quoted in the New York Times regarding an attack against mine workers at a Canadian gold mine in West Africa. —

“It is highly distressing that Semafo made the decision to protect its expat workers by flying them to its mines precisely because of past attacks on ground convoys, and yet continues to rely on exposed ground convoys for its local workers,” Mr. Wanless said. “To me, this reeks of a Canadian company valuing the lives of Canadian and other Western expats over the lives of Africans.”

Waddell Phillips continues to support the need for legal accountability of Canadian mining companies for human rights abuses and other harms that occur in other nations.

Read the full article here.


September 20, 2019 – Julia Tremain comments on the best interest of the child in custody cases —

“No ‘one-size-fits-all’ in custody matters: Tremain”.  The original article was posted on  You can view it here.

It’s unwise to make presumptions when it comes to deciding what’s best for a child in a custody case, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain.


September 19, 2019 – Statement by Reece Maxwell-Crawford on the resolution of his lawsuit against the Toronto Transit Commission —

Waddell Phillips announces the following statement by Reece Maxwell-Crawford.


I am very happy that the events of February 18, 2018 will be put behind me.

Yesterday, I met with Rick Leary, the CEO of the TTC to discuss my experience and the steps that the TTC has committed to take to address to racial bias and discrimination.

It is very important to me that Mr. Leary has apologized on behalf of the TTC and that the lawsuit I started has been settled.

I am heartened to hear about the TTC’s commitment to implementing the Toronto Ombudsman’s report and engaging in a system-wide anti-racism strategy aimed directly at preventing racial profiling. I am also pleased to hear that the TTC is creating new training programs that will help TTC staff deal with and avoid conscious and unconscious bias, including through the Anti-Racism Task Force. I think the improvements that the TTC intends to make will make our City stronger.

In the interests of putting the matter behind me and focusing instead on moving forward, I will not be making any further statements regarding the incident or the resolution of my lawsuit.

Reece Maxwell-Crawford


Contact information:

Cory Wanless

Lawyer for Reece Maxwell-Crawford

Waddell Phillips PC



July 18, 2019 – Better communication with your ex? There’s an app for that —

Separated parents can stay in touch about childcare and other issues by simply downloading an app to facilitate that communication, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain.

The original article is posted on You can read the full article here.


Cory Wanless and John Phillips in the news regarding TTC racial profiling case —

On July 11, 2019, the Toronto Ombudsman released a report that was critical of a TTC investigation into an incident in which our client, Reece Maxwell-Crawford, a young black man, was shoved and pinned to the ground by TTC Fare Inspectors in February 2018. The Toronto Ombudsman found that the report failed to examine evidence of potential racial bias and was “not adequately thorough, fair, and transparent” to support its conclusions. Media coverage of the Ombudsman report includes:

Toronto Star, “City watchdog finds TTC did not adequately investigate officers who forcibly detained Black man on streetcar platform”

CBC News, “TTC probe into arrest of black man by fare inspectors fell short, Toronto ombudsman finds”

CBC Metro Morning, “Young man suing TTC for racial profiling reacts to ombudsman’s report”


July 3, 2019 – Waddell Phillips is hiring! —

Waddell Phillips is hiring an associate with 4 – 7 years’ class action experience.


May 1, 2019 – Waddell Phillips and Howie, Sacks and Henry launch the first of hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of Canadian veterans for harms caused by the anti-malarial drug Mefloquine lawsuits —

Three separate lawsuits have been filed in the Federal Court on behalf of eight former members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were ordered to take Mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug, while deployed on missions in Rwanda, Afghanistan and Somalia. This anti-malarial drug can cause severe and potentially permanent neurological and psychological side effects including mood issues, aggression, bouts of explosive anger, violent behavior, night terrors, panic attacks, anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts and more.

CTV, “Canadian veterans suing government over anti-malarial drug’s adverse effects”

Globe and Mail, “First of possibly one thousand suits to be filed Wednesday by soldiers and veterans forced to take mefloquine on deployment”

Read the Statement of Claims below:

McEachern and Brooks Statement of Claim

Arntsen, Rude and Lepine Statement of Claim

Bona, Lalancette and Elms Statement of Claim


April 23, 2019 – John Kingman Phillips ranked as one of Canada’s Top 50 Trial Lawyers —

Congratulations to founding partner, John Kingman Phillips, who was recognized in Benchmark Litigation as one of Canada’s Top 50 Trial Lawyers. The full list of Canada’s Top 50 Trial Lawyers can be found here.

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