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ABOUT DURANT BARRISTERS

At Durant Barristers, our founder Erin Durant's goal is to practice law differently. Operating throughout Ontario but based in the Ottawa area, the firm is selective with potential clients. It is not a volume practice. The firm aims to provide efficient, practical and timely representation to a small roster of dedicated clients. By focusing on quality over quantity, the firm is always there when clients need urgent assistance. 


The firm works with a network of lawyers throughout Ontario to ensure that each mandate has the expertise required. Our technology allows us to work as a team from anywhere. Led by an exceptional networker and experienced litigator, we can build the team necessary to handle your litigation or dispute resolution mandate. 


Existing clients can see our availability and book meetings and telephone calls with us at anytime using convenient online scheduling tools. We take pride in being open and accessible and in offering various flexible billing and payment options. Register for the DB Membership Plan for regular, customized risk management information and training for your organization at a set cost. 

Explore our website to learn more about our: talented team,  prior mandates and accomplishments

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A brief summary of our legal practice is outlined below. You can find more details of our areas of practice online here. 

DISPUTES

The firm focuses primarily on professional liability matters. It is our greatest passion to represent lawyer colleagues in their time of need either in negligence actions or before the Law Society Tribunal. We also represent individuals and corporations in various disputes before courts and tribunals in real estate disputes, negligence claims, and commercial matters. 

 

Experienced with both trials and appeals, Durant Barristers is willing to assist other lawyers take their matters to court either as agent, co-counsel or strategic advisor. Various flexible billing options are available for discussion depending on the nature of the dispute, length of commitment, complexity of matter and role required. Typically assistance is provided to small firms that need temporary additional bench strength or firms that require assistance with modern trial technology. 

 

INVESTIGATIONS

Experience conducting investigations for workplaces, municipalities, educational institutions and sport associations including: harassment, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, fraud, code of conduct violations and Safe Sport complaints.


Advice is also available for individuals who are the subject of investigations or who have been asked to participate in an investigation as a witness.

In addition to fact-finding and disciplinary investigations, we are also available to conduct independent systemic reviews to improve culture, safety and compliance with best practices. 

The entire Durant Barristers team has completed the Lancaster House and University of Toronto's Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resource's "Workplace Investigations Essentials: Ensuring the use of fair and effective procedures and practices" course. We are also pursuing ongoing education on trauma-informed investigations. 

SPORTS

Provides a wide variety of legal advice and representation to sports associations, administrators, athletes and coaches including doping disputes, policy development and interpretation, Return to Play, Rowan's Law, team selection matters, SDRCC hearings, mediations, arbitrations and Safe Sport matters. 

Recently, we have been engaged by a variety of organizations to assist national and provincial sports organizations with reviews of their culture, high performance systems, and board structures with a view of making sport a safer and more inclusive place for all. Our diverse team of professionals takes pride in our ability to help sport in Canada move past it's current challenges and towards a better future for all. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been very busy providing advice to sports organizations and institutions on the ever-changing government regulations and have assisted in drafting COVID-19 protocols. We have recently given advice on COVID-19 vaccinations, requests for exemptions and human rights claims. 

As a proud supporter of the Canadian sport system, the firm is willing to provide flexible financial arrangements, such as flat fees or monthly payment plans, on many mandates.