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For more than 70 years, Bell Temple LLP has provided legal services to corporations, insurers and other clients in all fields of civil litigation. This includes being appointed as counsel in some of the highest profile and precedent setting cases in the country, including complex, multi-million dollar disputes.

Our firm is preferred counsel for a number of large national and international insurers, construction and property management companies, and real estate investment trusts. We also represent some of Canada's leading chains of restaurants, bars, and grocery stores.

Lawyers at Bell Temple travel throughout all jurisdictions in the province and attend at all levels of court, from Small Claims to the Court of Appeal, and including matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. We are also regularly retained to advance our clients' interests at arbitrations, mediations, settlement conferences, and Tribunal hearings.

Insurance Litigation

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Accident Benefits/License Appeal Tribunal (LAT)

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We have a highly specialized team of lawyers practising in Accident Benefits, who defend claims before the License Appeal Tribunal (LAT), with prior extensive experience before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). Our lawyers have been at the forefront of Accident Benefits litigation through the various SABS regimes, defending arbitrations, civil suits and arguing appeals in the Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court.

The group also specializes in Priority and Loss Transfer disputes in private arbitration.

Bodily Injury Defence

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Bell Temple uses skilled and aggressive advocacy to defend bodily injury claims of all types, arising out of all manners of occurrence including slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, restaurant/bar altercations, food poisoning cases, and construction accidents. Our lawyers focus not only on results in the courtroom, but also on ensuring client satisfaction through regular reporting, providing efficient services, and ongoing collaboration regarding file strategy.

Commercial Host Liability

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We represent some of Canada’s leading chains of restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs, in claims involving over-serving, patron-on-patron assaults, and altercations with involving staff or security personnel.

Coverage Opinions/Disputes

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Our lawyers are regularly retained to provide coverage opinions to insurers and insureds regarding duty to defend/indemnify, bad faith claims, and policy exclusions. Our success in this area is based on a keen understanding of the interaction between policy wording, legislative statutes, and developing trends in the case law.

Life/Disability/Health

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Bell Temple represents clients in a wide range of disputes involving life insurance coverage and exclusions, short and long-term disability claims, and critical illness/health coverage.

Loss Transfer and Priority Disputes

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Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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For over 15 years, Derek Abreu has practiced in a variety of personal injury, occupiers’ liability, motor vehicle accident, subrogation, property damage and commercial litigation matters. Starting in 2018, he has broadened his practice by offering his services as a Mediator.

Derek has extensive court experience and has been recognized as highly skilled trial counsel with 40+ reported decisions from the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He has gained a reputation for treating opposing counsel and parties with courtesy, respect and professionalism, and for being able to reduce even the most complex, multi-party disputes, into simple and understandable components. He uses these skills as a Mediator to help parties reach resolutions for their claims.

Mediations conducted on Mondays to Thursdays are at Private Rates, while Mediations conducted on Fridays are at Roster Rates. Bookings are made through Derek’s assistant, Barbara Tobias: 416-581-8200; ext. 6236 btobias@belltemple.com

Occupiers’ Liability

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Bell Temple has considerable experience and expertise defending claims under both CGL and Homeowners’ policies. We are regularly retained in matters involving occupiers’ liability (slip/trip and falls), contractors’ negligence, and construction defect.

Products Liability

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We act for manufacturers, distributors, retailers and suppliers, in a wide range of product liability claims, including business interruption, property damage, breach of warranty, failure to warn, negligent misrepresentation, and personal injury.

Professional Negligence/Errors & Omissions

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Bell Temple handles professional liability defence litigation, disciplinary hearings and regulatory inquiries, for a variety of professionals facing errors and omissions claims, including lawyers, insurance brokers, real estate agents, architects and engineers.

Property and Commercial General Liability

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Our firm is preferred counsel for a number of large national and international insurers, along with some of Canada’s largest property management companies and real estate investment trusts. We handle a wide variety of first-party subrogated claims, fire/flood losses, construction defects, and general negligence matters arising out of commercial general liability.

Subrogation

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Bell Temple has extensive expertise in subrogation, including fire, flood and water losses, and first party claims. In these cases we believe the most effective approach for insurers is to get us involved very early to help develop a strategy for the investigation of potential litigation.

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For more than 70 years, Bell Temple LLP has provided legal services to corporations, insurers and other clients in all fields of civil litigation. This includes being appointed as counsel in some of the highest profile and precedent setting cases in the country, including complex, multi-million dollar disputes.

Our firm is preferred counsel for a number of large national and international insurers, construction and property management companies, and real estate investment trusts. We also represent some of Canada's leading chains of restaurants, bars, and grocery stores.

Lawyers at Bell Temple travel throughout all jurisdictions in the province and attend at all levels of court, from Small Claims to the Court of Appeal, and including matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. We are also regularly retained to advance our clients' interests at arbitrations, mediations, settlement conferences, and Tribunal hearings.

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