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William S. Chalmers

Managing Partner

"I am absolutely committed to my clients. I work hard to help them achieve their business outcomes."
Bill ChalmersBill Chalmers

Bio

William (Bill) Chalmers graduated from the University of Toronto in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. He attended Osgoode Hall Law School where he received several academic awards including the prizes in Criminal and Contract Law.

Bill has exclusively practiced insurance litigation at Hughes Amys in Toronto, since his call to the bar in 1987. He has been a partner of the firm since 1990.

Over his legal career, Bill has developed a focus on first party insurance disputes; in particular coverage, property and disability claims. He has extensive courtroom experience with a number of reported decisions at all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared as counsel in other jurisdictions in Canada, and as an expert witness on Ontario law in the Superior Court of Quebec. Bill frequently speaks at seminars, most recently on issues of fraud/arson, coverage and disability claims.

Since 2006, Bill has been the Managing Partner of Hughes Amys. He is a director of the ARC group of Canadian insurance counsel and is also on the Board of Directors of the Insuralex Group; an international organization of insurance defence firms. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers and the Advocates Society. Bill is listed as a 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyer and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in the field of Insurance Law.

Bill is an active member of his community and has volunteered his time as a hockey and basketball coach and is involved in a number of charitable endeavours.

Education

  • Certificate of Achievement, Commercial Mediation – Canadian Dispute Resolution, 1996
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1987
  • Osgoode Hall, LL.B., 1985
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1982

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocates Society
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

Involvement

  • Bill is active in his community, having been involved in coaching hockey and basketball, and as a Boy Scout leader.

Decisions

Sep
22
2015

Aquatech Logistics Inc. v. Lombard Insurance Co.

2015 ONSC 5858

Application - duty to defend and contribution to costs - pollution incident at public pool - duty of to defend and to contribute to costs on a pro rata basis

Jun
25
2015

William Osler Health Centre v. Compass Construction Resources Ltd.

2015 ONSC 3959

Feb
04
2014

Schmitz v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada

2014 ONCA 88

Jan
27
2014

Heydary Hamilton PC v. Muhammad

2014 ONCA 84

Nov
23
2011

Godoy v. Yallen

2011 ONSC 6999

Sep
19
2011

Walker v. Sovereign General Insurance Co.

2011 ONCA 597

Nov
22
2010

Corchis v. Essex Condominium Corp. No. 28

2010 ONCA 787

Jul
07
2010

Walker v. Sovereign General Insurance Co.

2010 ONSC 3283

Apr
22
2010

1044589 Ontario Inc. v. AB Autorama Ltd.

2009 ONCA 654

Publications of Note

  • Managing and Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Canadian Institute, 2012
  • Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure  and SABS, Ontario Bar Association, 2011
  • Fraud and Arson – Case Study of Rathwell v. Zenith Insurance – Lombard/Northbridge Insurance 2005 to 2013
  • Assessment of Damages in a Fatal Case – RBC General Insurance, 2011
  • Small Claims and Simplified Procedure Litigation, 3rd Ed., Butterworths Canada, Toronto, 1998

Presentations of Note

  • Duty to Defend Coverage Workshop and Seminar, Lombard/Northbridge Insurance, 2001 to 2013

BLAWG Posts

Sep
14
2016

LAWPRO Magazine article on alternative fee arrangements, feat. Bill Chalmers

Please find attached an article by Ian Hu of LAWPRO from the Vol. 15, No. 3 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, published in September 2016, about alternative fee arrangements in litigation, in which our very own Bill Chalmers is interviewed about Hughes Am......

News

Jan
03
2017

Small but mighty - Part 1

Bill Chalmers, managing partner at Hughes Amys LLP in Toronto, says he would like to expand his firm's use of AFAs — in particular fixed fees.

Aug
16
2016

Three Hughes Amys lawyers have been included in 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

We are pleased to announce that William (Bill) Chalmers, Richard F. Horak, and Michael S. Teitelbaum have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 guide under Insurance Law. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regar......

Jul
08
2016

Hughes Amys LLP lawyers receive 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyer distinction

Hughes Amys LLP wishes to congratulate William S. Chalmers, Jack F. Fitch, Richard F. Horak, A. Jarvis Scott, Mary A. Teal and Michael S. Teitelbaum on receiving the 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyer distinction. Chosen by their peers, this recognition a......

  • Canadian Lawyer - Top 10 Boutique 2017-18
  • The ARC Group
  • Best Lawyers 2017
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016

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