Our Clients

Where human rights or disability issues are at stake, bakerlaw is the advocate of choice. Whether as an individual or organization, we have unique experience acting for clients before specialized tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the Special Education Tribunal of Ontario, the Social Benefits Tribunal, and regulatory colleges.  

Bakerlaw can provide you with the advice or representation you are seeking for your legal matter. We take pride in our ability to help individuals and organizations create a positive change in society and fight for the rights you deserve. Visit our Legal Services page (link) to find out more about the work we do.  

Need advice or legal representation? Contact us (link) to see how we can help you.  

Individual Interests

At bakerlaw, it is our privilege to represent a diverse clientele. We assist individual clients with an array of legal matters; whether it is obtaining redress for discrimination, or fighting for access to needed services, whatever the issue, we are skilled at furthering a client’s cause.

This commitment to individual rights has a long history at bakerlaw. One of our earliest clients, Justin Clark, found himself faced with a difficult legal dilemma at the heart of personal liberty: he was asked to prove to a court of law that he was “mentally competent”, in order to retain the right to make decisions about his life. It was our privilege to act for Justin in his courageous campaign to assert his legal rights. Ultimately, Judge J. Matheson found in Justin’s favour, recognizing, in Justin, “a gentle, trusting, believing spirit and very much a thinking human being who has his unique part to play in our compassionate interdependent society.”

Clients like Justin give our firm the inspiration and ability to promote accessible justice from the grassroots up. To learn more about our representation of Justin, review his case online at Clark v. Clark (link). For more information about Justin, including an interview with CBC’s Barbara Frum, click here (link):

Another example is our work for a client who suffered prolonged and horrific sexual harassment and assaults by her employer and landlord. We achieved a landmark award of general damages for our client (link). 

Of course, civil litigation is also a large part of our practice. Not only have we appeared before trial courts, but we also have a significant record of appellate advocacy at the federal and provincial level. This includes a proud and continuing tradition of advocacy before the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Interested? Learn more about our legal services here (link).

Organizational Interests

At bakerlaw, we are proud to represent organizational and institutional clients which are working to change the law at a macro-level for the benefit of their members and Canadians in general 

Over the years, we have acted for various community groups, national organizations, not-for-profits, and other actors, including the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (link), the Canadian Association for Community Living (now called Inclusion Canada) (link)Democracy Watch (link); the National Anti-Poverty Organization (link); and the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association. By voicing our clients’ causes in landmark cases, we help our clients influence the direction of the law. 

We have also contributed research, policy recommendations, and consulting services to research bodies and policy-making groups domestically and abroad, including law reform commissions; civil liberties associations; human rights commissions; and government task forces. By doing so, we help facilitate progressive law-making that promotes human rights, accessibility, and individual and societal interests. 

Want to learn more? Click here (link).

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