William Blakeney has been legal counsel on
many of Canada's high profile class action, institutional
sexual abuse and environmental cases.
in complex insurance litigation, representing insurers in
property & casualty claims, manufacturer's liability and fire
Bill has an extensive background in
professional liability work including lawsuits against
contractors, engineers and architects.
represented film and telelvision productions, publishers,
musical instrument manufacturers, record labels, recording
studios and concert promotion companies in errors and omissions matters.
In addition to
litigation support, he advises insurers, reinsurance companies
and not for profit corporations on policy wordings and privacy
He has argued cases at many levels of court
from Federal Court to the Supreme Court of Canada.
extensively on current insurance topics for the CIP Society,
the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Insurance Bureau of
Canada. He has been a featured writer for Without Prejudice and
Canadian Underwriter magazines.
In 2002, he was
presented with the Lew Dunn Award by WICC for his fundraising
efforts with the organization.
Originally from the
Maritimes, Bill obtained an Honours degree in English from the
University of Kings College and an LL.B through Dalhousie Law
Schools' Marine & Environmental Law Program. He has obtained
an LLM degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution
in 2011 from Osgoode Hall Law School.