Robert Charles Dunford Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1995 - United Kingdom

Primary phone: +1 905-540-2472

Fax: +1 905-523-2948


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Primary office:  Hamilton

Robert Charles Dunford

Robert Charles Dunford is a partner in Gowling WLG's Hamilton office where he is a highly experienced trial advocate. Robert routinely acts for major financial institutions, non-institutional lenders and corporate clients both within Canada and internationally.

His practice covers a wide range of areas, including:

  • Banking and mortgage fraud
  • Negligence claims
  • Contractual disputes
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Human rights
  • Construction law
  • Appellate advocacy

In addition, Robert supports key industry clients with risk assessments and defending prosecutions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Having been called to the Bar in the United Kingdom in 1995, Robert practised as a barrister in England and taught international business law and European constitutional law at a number of universities across the U.K. before returning to Canada in 2006, where he began his journey with the firm.

Robert appreciates that, for clients, litigation is a business investment, and that ensuring a reasonable return on their investment is a top priority. With this in mind, Robert works whenever possible to attain a satisfactory resolution of his cases without trial, and in the instances when a trial is necessary, he works hard to achieve successful results.

In addition to his role as an advocate, Robert occupies a number of additional roles in the firm, including associate editor of the Commercial Litigation Review, leader of the student committee, and heading the Hamilton office's pro bono partnership program with McMaster Children's Hospital.

Outside the firm, Robert sits on the board of directors of Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia and CSVR Schizophrenia, Inc.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2013

    • Community
      February 2013
      Board of Directors, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2007

    • Education
      University of Toronto, NCA
  • 2003

    • Education
      London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM
  • 1995

    • Education
      Inns of Court School of Law
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, United Kingdom
  • 1994

    • Education
      City University London, Dip.Law
  • 1992

    • Education
      University of Toronto, BA

Representative Work

  • Representing major financial institutions in numerous actions involving complex fraud schemes both domestically and abroad
  • Counsel in CCAA proceedings involving the purchase of a Canadian clothing manufacture for $87.9 million
  • Provided successful defence for a construction lien claim in connection with the construction of a major food production facility
  • Successfully represented a landowner in a dispute involving easements and rights of drainage with respect to neighbouring properties