Commercial Litigation


Gowling WLG can get to the heart of any commercial dispute and provide you with the best possible outcome. We frequently handle challenging, high-profile litigation matters, and know what it takes to get you the result you need.

Our approach is strategic: we'll understand your commercial objectives, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and explore the pathways open to you - from mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to a day in court.

At all times, we aim to minimise disruption to your business, maintain important relationships and protect your reputation.

To learn more about our commercial litigation expertise, please contact us.


Ranked among the strongest litigation teams in Canada, the Gowling WLG Commercial Litigation Group can get to the heart of your legal issue to resolve your commercial dispute, be it large or small, and help you get back to business.

As longstanding legal advisers to corporate Canada - from public and private companies to startups, national corporations and other market participants - we've handled some of the most challenging, high-profile litigation files in recent years and know what it takes to get you the best result.

Our expertise covers a full range of corporate and commercial disputes, including:

  • Banking litigation
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Breach of contract
  • Class actions
  • Construction liens
  • Crisis and risk management
  • Derivatives litigation
  • Insurance and professional liability
  • International arbitration
  • Internal investigations
  • Medical defence and health law
  • Negligence
  • Partnership disputes
  • Product liability
  • Securities litigation
  • Shareholder disputes and oppression

Practical, responsive and cost-efficient, we'll partner with you to develop and execute an effective litigation strategy that results in the best possible outcome for your business.

A strong, diverse legal team

By choosing Gowling WLG, you'll benefit from the top-tier litigation skills of our lawyers, who are repeatedly recognized in prestigious legal directories such as Chambers Global, Lexpert, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Canada. Working seamlessly with you from seven offices across Canada, as well as in the U.K., Europe, Asia and the Middle East, our leading litigators are equipped to assemble the right resources to address your commercial disputes - no matter where they may arise.


Committed to formulating litigation strategies that are closely aligned with your commercial objectives, we work with you to gain an in-depth understanding of the key issues, goals, risks and opportunities surrounding your business. Through a negotiated settlement, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or the courtroom, we'll work with you to achieve the best possible results that meet your business needs.

Key commercial leadership roles

Our team is on the cutting edge of the industry, and works hard to keep on top of leading trends and developments in the corporate world to serve you better.

We hold key leadership positions within respected industry organizations (such as the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Professional Liability Underwriters' Society, the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Construction Specifications Canada and The Empire Club of Canada), commercial litigation committees (for example, the Ontario Civil Rules Committee), professional organizations (such as the American Bar Association's Securities Litigation Committee and the International Bar Association's Media Law Committee).

We've also authored leading texts on commercial litigation matters (e.g., Class Actions: Law and Practice The Paperless Trials Manual).

Expertise in complex litigation and international disputes

Whether your issue involves a multijurisdictional class action, bet-the-company litigation, forensic internal investigation or a product liability case, Gowling WLG can provide strategic counsel on any high-stakes commercial matter - both in Canada and internationally. Regardless of the scale or complexity of the dispute, we offer smart, creative solutions that are always tailored to your unique needs.

Extensive crisis and risk management expertise

With expert knowledge of the legal, business, employment, reputational and media issues and risks that can impact your business in times of trouble, our crisis management team can help you avoid, manage and recover from a wide variety of critical situations. We can also work proactively with you to help identify and mitigate risks, and provide effective crisis management plans for your business.

Efficient solutions

We bring you enhanced cost-certainty and value through Practical LPM™, our collaborative legal project management platform that helps keep your legal matters on track, on time and on budget. We also reduce your costs and provide quick answers to your concerns using Go.Plead™, our extensive legal research and precedents database.

Learn more

To learn more about how we can help you resolve your commercial litigation dispute, please contact any member of our team.