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Margaret Waddell

Bencher Candidate

Margaret Waddell is a founding partner of Waddell Phillips Barristers in Toronto, with expertise and experience in commercial litigation and class actions, particularly in commercial and consumer protection proceedings, product liability and institutional abuse. Unlike most class action lawyers, she acts for both plaintiffs and defendants. Margaret has broad experience acting for parties in acrimonious shareholder disputes and acts for both employers and employees in wrongful dismissal and breach of covenant injunction cases. Margaret is known for her strong advocacy and proactive problem solving skills.

Margaret has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Lexpert, and a Leading Lawyer in Class Actions by Chambers Global, Benchmark Canada, and Best Lawyers. Margaret is a member of the Civil Rules Committee. She is a past President of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association and a former Director of the Advocates’ Society. In addition, she is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Class Action Subsection, was a member of the Law Commission of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Class Action Reform, and she is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Class Actions Task Force on Multijurisdictional Proceedings.

Margaret holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University, and an LL.M. from Osgoode Law School at York University. She is called to the bar in Ontario and Alberta.

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Margaret Waddell

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