AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Derek is a Partner at SIMPSONWIGLE LAW who specializes in construction law and commercial litigation.

Derek routinely acts for the various parties in the construction project, including general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, owners, developers, mortgagees and trustees in bankruptcy. As a result, he has extensive experience in all aspects of construction.

His advice is practical and timely and is regularly sought in the areas of liens, breach of trust, delay claims, labour & material payment bonds, debt collection, performance bonds, contract preparation and the resolution of all types of construction related disputes whether by way of litigation, mediation or arbitration.

Derek assists clients on a daily basis with the many ongoing challenges faced by the construction industry and is regularly involved with some of the largest and most complex disputes that arise. He is skilled at making business sense of complex and unusual matters. Several large clients retain him on an ongoing basis to provide pro-active advice.

Derek has an excellent track record, having successfully argued cases in all levels of the Ontario courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. Several of his cases are recognized as leading cases on construction law or practice.

In his younger days, Derek played hockey at the Junior A and semi-professional levels. He continues to enjoy many sports including skiing, hockey and golf.

A PRACTICAL, BUSINESS-ORIENTED APPROACH

"My approach is to be frank, work hard and don’t get bogged down with academic legal arguments that don’t benefit the client.”

WHAT SETS DEREK APART

"I’m one of the few lawyers in the Hamilton/Halton/Niagara region who has achieved certification as a specialist in construction law by the Law Society of Ontario.” 

THE BEST PART OF THE JOB

“I take a lot of satisfaction from helping a client resolve a dispute on good terms. You’d be surprised how often a messy situation can be solved by quick, practical advice.”

ACTIVE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

In order to give back, Derek has volunteered for many boards in his community.
 

Admissions

  • Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1984

Education

  • LL.B. University of Western Ontario, 1982
  • B.A. University of Waterloo, 1978

Associations

  • Hamilton Law Association
  • Hamilton/Halton Construction Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

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