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D. Lynne Watt
Partner, Leader - Supreme Court of Canada Services Group

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1994 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

D. Lynne Watt

Lynne Watt is a partner practising in the Ottawa office. Her areas of expertise are commercial litigation, copyright (in particular, the certification of tariffs under the Copyright Act and copyright infringement claims) and appellate advocacy. She is the leader of Gowling WLG's Supreme Court of Canada Services Group.

Lynne has appeared before a variety of tribunals and in all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. As a member of the firm's Supreme Court of Canada Services Group, she prepares applications for leave to appeal, represents clients on appeals and motions in the Supreme Court and advises clients on all aspects of Supreme Court practice and procedure. She is an author of the text Supreme Court of Canada Practice (Carswell).

Lynne has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, enforcing proprietary rights and intellectual property, shareholder and executive disputes, oppression remedy proceedings, and arbitration. With respect to copyright matters, Lynne appears regularly in proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada and in judicial review proceedings and appeals of those decisions.

Lynne has been a member of the board of trustees of the County of Carleton Law Association since 2009. She will be president of the CCLA in 2016. Lynne was previously a member of the board of directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute from 2006 to 2014 where she sat on the Executive Committee and served as chair of its Government Relations Committee. She was also formerly on the board of directors of the Canadian Hearing Society from 1997 to 2002, serving as chair of that board from 2000 to 2002.

Lynne has been a lecturer and course director of the IPIC Copyright Master Class at the McGill School of Continuing Studies since 2013. She supervised fellows in the Dean's Research and Writing Fellowship at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law for a number of year and was also an adjunct professor at the law school teaching trial advocacy. She is a frequent speaker and instructor in continuing legal education courses for the Advocates Society and for the CCLA.


Lynne is a senior litigator skilled in commercial litigation, appellate advocacy and copyright matters.

March2016

CCLA - President

September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

April2015

CCLA, Vice-President

December2014

Award for Excellence in Associate Mentoring 2014

Featured insights & resources

What to expect from the SCC in 2018

D. Lynne Watt

Articles January 8, 2018

2017: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Articles January 4, 2018

Saadati v. Moorhead: The repudiation of a dubious perception of mental illness

D. Lynne Watt, Manon Arbour

Articles June 5, 2017

2016: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Articles January 5, 2017

Changes to the Supreme Court of Canada Rules and Guidelines

D. Lynne Watt

Articles December 5, 2016

2015: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Articles December 15, 2015

Supreme Court refines the test for damages for non-disclosure: Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General)

D. Lynne Watt, Matthew Estabrooks

Articles May 1, 2015

Career & Recognition

2016

March 2016

CCLA - President

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

April 2015

CCLA, Vice-President

2014

December 2014

Award for Excellence in Associate Mentoring 2014

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013

2009

2009

CCLA, Trustee

2009 - 2015

2006

2006

Gowlings, Partner

2006 - 2015

2006

2006

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Board of Directors

2006 - 2014

2000

2000

Canadian Hearing Society, Chair

2000 - 2002

1997

1997

Canadian Hearing Society, Board of Directors

1997 - 2002

1996

1996

McCarthy Tétrault, Associate and Partner

1996 - 2006

1994

October 1994

Pupillage in Chambers, London U.K.

October 1994 - September 1995

1994

September 1994

Harold G. Fox Scholarship

1994

February 1994

Federal Court of Appeal, Clerk to Justice Linden

February 1994 - September 1994

1994

1994

Year of Call, Ontario

1992

July 1992

Gold Medal, Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa

1992

June 1992

University of Ottawa, LLB

1983

1983

York University, BA Hons.

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D. Watt

Lynne Watt is a partner practising in the Ottawa office. Her areas of expertise are comme...

D. Watt
Featured insights & resources

What to expect from the SCC in 2018

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 8, 2018

Insights & Resources

What to expect from the SCC in 2018

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 8, 2018

2017: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 4, 2018

Saadati v. Moorhead: The repudiation of a dubious perception of mental illness

D. Lynne Watt, Manon Arbour

Article June 5, 2017

2016: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 5, 2017

Changes to the Supreme Court of Canada Rules and Guidelines

D. Lynne Watt

Article December 5, 2016

Federal Court of Appeal: SOCAN successful in confirming validity of tariff for the transmission of ringtones

D. Lynne Watt

Article March 14, 2016

2015: The SCC year in review

D. Lynne Watt

Article December 15, 2015

Supreme Court refines the test for damages for non-disclosure: Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General)

D. Lynne Watt, Matthew Estabrooks

Article May 1, 2015

Supreme Court clarifies the test for civil contempt of court

D. Lynne Watt

Article April 1, 2015

Federal Court: SOCAN's members to retain royalties paid for use of ringtones and ringbacks

Multiple Authors

Article April 1, 2015

2014: An exceptional year for the SCC

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 1, 2015

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Client Work

Federal Court rules in SOCAN's favor on copyright dispute with mobile telecommunications services providers for return of royalties paid to SOCAN for ringtones and rin...

Client Work March 6, 2015

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Lynne Watt is a partner practising in the Ottawa office. Her areas of expertise are comme...

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What to expect from the SCC in 2018

D. Lynne Watt

Article January 8, 2018

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