Simon Chester Counsel Head – Client and Matter Acceptance Team

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1988 - England & Wales

Year of Call: 1982 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7263

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Simon Chester

Simon Chester is Counsel, Conflicts and Regulatory Matters within the firm’s General Counsel team. He leads the Camat team which handles conflict of interest issues which have a global dimension, through a shared Canadian / European database. He also leads a group which analyses Outside Counsel Guidelines, using Kira Artificial Intelligence software. 

Simon’s career has spanned law teaching, a decade in the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and eclectic experience as a partner in other Bay Street firms, dealing with research, knowledge management, intellectual property and legal opinions.

He held senior leadership positions in the American Bar Association, being the first non-American to chair ABA TechShow, and served as a Consultant on conflicts of interest to both the International Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. He was the first non-American to be President of the College of Law Practice Management. He co-founded Slaw, the most widely-read legal blog in Canada.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2013

    • Education
      Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics
  • 2003

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM
  • 1996

    • Education
      Fellow College of Law Practice Management
  • 1988

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, England & Wales
  • 1982

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1979

    • Education
      University of Oxford, BA, MA
  • 1971

    • Education
      Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation Scholarship


  • American Bar Association: Former chair - American Bar Association TechShow, Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board, Education Board, New Media and Internet Board
  • Canadian Bar Association: Consultant on conflicts of interest; member task force on conflicts of interest
  • College of Law Practice Management: Former president