News & Media

Auditors Owed No Duty of Care to “Client’s Clients” in Lavender

By Dana Carson
September 18, 2018

View Article

Anna Markiewicz appointed Chair of The Advocates’ Society Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy Practice Group

July 19, 2018

View Article

Melissa MacKewn of Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP named one of the Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation by Benchmark Litigation

July 17, 2018

View Article

Kate McGrann of Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP named in Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List

July 4, 2018

View Article

Moving a Book of Business - Potential Pitfalls

By Bruce O’Toole
May 31, 2018
Many financial advisors will change firms and have the experience of moving their book of business. There are many potential pitfalls that can occur in moving a book of business – both from a regulatory prospective and from a civil litigation prospective.

View Article

Last Call for Relevant Appeals from the OSC

by Alistair Crawley
May 16, 2018
To the extent it was ever really open, the door to relevant appeals from decisions of the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC” or the “Commission”) has inexorably been swinging closed.

View Article

Robert Brush and Michael L. Byers publish paper in Carswell's Annual Review of Civil Litigation

May 14, 2018
“Separate, Independent and Confounding: Understanding Personal Liability for Corporate Acts”

View Article

Benchmark Canada Publishes Analysis of Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP

May 1, 2018
Benchmark Canada provides extensive coverage of the Canadian litigation market. Their results are the culmination of a four-month research period that involves extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. According to their analysis, Crawley MacKewn Brush is seeing its profile swiftly elevating in the eyes of peers and its work appreciated immensely by vocal clients.

View Article

Bruce O'Toole quoted in Law Times: "Battle over ruling may be headed to Supreme Court"

April 23, 2018

View Article

OSC Publishes Initiatives Aimed at Protecting Seniors

by Clarke Tedesco
April 17, 2018
On March 20, 2018, the OSC published its Seniors Strategy, the purpose of which is to outline initiatives that the OSC is pursuing in relation to older individuals, recognizing that the financial lives of older Canadians have grown increasingly complex relative to previous generations.

View Article

Individual Acts and Corporate Benefits: Towards a More Expansive Standard for Company Liability

by Michael L. Byers
April 4, 2018
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision has arguably expanded the scope of a company’s liability for the actions of those who control it.

View Article

Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP named "Securities Litigation Firm of the Year" by Benchmark Canada for the second year in a row

March 7, 2018

View Article

OSC Whistleblower Program Explained

by Anna Markiewicz, PCMA E-News Brief
February 27, 2018

View Article

ONCA: Miller and Cheng “Ought Reasonably to Have Known” Better

by Dana Carson, Alistair Crawley and Bruce O’Toole
January 31, 2018

View Article

Should OBSI Have the Power to Make Binding Orders?

by Clarke Tedesco and Alexandra Grishanova, PCMA E-News Brief
January 30, 2018

View Article

A Fine Balance: The Characteristics of Effective AND Enforceable Restrictive Covenants

by Safina Lakhani and Alexandra Grishanova, PCMA E-News Brief
December 12, 2017
Non-competition and non-solicitation clauses are important tools for protecting your company’s trade connections and confidential information when key personnel leave. Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP discusses how to effectively protect your firm with restrictive covenants.

View Article

Uncharted Territory - Application of Securities Law to Cryptocurrency Offerings

by Natalia Vandervoort, PCMA E-News Brief
November 28, 2017
Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP comments on Staff’s recent guidance on the application of securities laws to cryptocurrency offerings.

View Article

Alistair Crawley, Melissa MacKewn and Robert Brush listed by Lexpert as leading litigation lawyers

November 24, 2017
The firm is pleased to announce that Alistair, Melissa and Rob have all been listed as leading litigation lawyers in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers and the Lexpert/ROB Special Edition - Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers.

View Article

Don't be the next Equifax: Cyber-liability in an Age of Data Insecurity - Recognizing and Managing Cyber-Risk

by Robert Brush and Michael L. Byers, PCMA E-News Brief
October 19, 2017
In today’s business climate, securities issuers and dealers are making a serious mistake if they fail to fully appreciate the implications of cyber-security for their business.

View Article

Robert Brush and Michael L. Byers publish paper in the 2017 edition of the Annual Review of Civil Litigation: "Separate, Independent and Confounding: Understanding Personal Liability For Corporate Acts"

October 10, 2017
While corporations might be legal fictions, the protection from personal liability they afford to their directors, officers and employees is very real.

View Article

When Is “Close” Close Enough? Assessing the Availability of the Family, Friends and Business Associates Prospectus Exemption

by Bruce O'Toole and Kate McGrann, PCMA E-News Brief
September 26, 2017
The introduction of the family, friends and business associates exemption (the “FFBA”) to the prospectus requirement in the Ontario Securities Act promised to “provide a cost effective way for issuers (other than investment funds) to raise capital from their networks of family, close personal friends and close business associates.”

View Article

Melissa MacKewn named 2018 Best Lawyers™ "Lawyer of the Year" for Securities Law in the Toronto area

August 22, 2017
Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP is pleased to announce that Melissa MacKewn was recently recognized by Best Lawyers™

View Article

3 Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP lawyers recognized in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers™ in Canada.

August 22, 2017
Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP is pleased to announce that Alistair Crawley, Melissa MacKewn and Robert Brush have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

View Article

Melissa MacKewn recognized by Benchmark Canada as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation for 2017

July 27, 2017
After months of research, Benchmark Litigation announced the winners of this year’s Top 25 Women in Litigation for Benchmark Canada.

View Article

Melissa MacKewn Featured on BNN: Home Capital settlement is a 'creative' solution

June 15, 2017
Home Capital Group has agreed to pay a total of $12 million in penalties to the Ontario Securities Commission.

View Article

Alistair Crawley quoted in article on "IIROC Shouldn’t Have Court Authority to Collect Fines"

May 12, 2017

View Article

Investment watchdogs have been asking for far too much power — and Ottawa just gave it to them Alistair Crawley, Financial Post

May 12, 2017
The siren call for the proposed expansion of the powers of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization Industry of Canada (IIROC) to enforce its fines through the courts in Ontario has been welcomed with open arms and few questions.

View Article

Alistair Crawley Featured on BNN: Why more legal trouble could be on the way for Home Capital

May 4, 2017
The OSC has set Home Capital's next hearing date for June 2nd.

View Article

Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP named “Securities Litigation Firm of the Year” and Alistair Crawley, Melissa MacKewn and Robert Brush all ranked as “Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Canada

February 27, 2017
Benchmark Canada honoured Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP with the award for “Securities Litigaton Firm of the Year” at the Benchmark Canada awards gala in Toronto.

View Article

Our Lawyers

Alistair Crawley


Melissa MacKewn


Robert Brush


Bruce O’Toole


Anna Markiewicz


Clarke Tedesco


Kate McGrann


Safina Lakhani


Michael L. Byers


Natalia Vandervoort


Dana Carson


Alexandra Grishanova


Mitchell Fournie