James Bunting

Partner

James Bunting

James Bunting

Partner

Jim works in close partnership with clients to provide strategic, creative solutions for their complex litigation. They value his responsiveness and dedication. As one client states, he communicates “at a level for the business folks clearly and concisely.” (Chambers Global 2016)

He has significant trial expertise across a diverse range of areas. Known for his bold approach as a trial lawyer, Jim represents clients on their most challenging issues, including a precedent-setting case involving deceptive advertising allegations, a landmark case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and a variety of other matters including the alleged misuse of confidential information, franchise disputes, securities and tax issues.

Jim was awarded the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity & Inclusion to recognize his pro bono work with global athletes. He has also served as Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Jim is the chair of the board of directors of Camp Oochigeas and a member of the board of the Jays Care Foundation.

James Bunting

Partner

Jim works in close partnership with clients to provide strategic, creative solutions for their complex litigation. They value his responsiveness and dedication. As one client states, he communicates “at a level for the business folks clearly and concisely.” (Chambers Global 2016)

He has significant trial expertise across a diverse range of areas. Known for his bold approach as a trial lawyer, Jim represents clients on their most challenging issues, including a precedent-setting case involving deceptive advertising allegations, a landmark case before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and a variety of other matters including the alleged misuse of confidential information, franchise disputes, securities and tax issues.

Jim was awarded the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award for Diversity & Inclusion to recognize his pro bono work with global athletes. He has also served as Athlete Ombudsperson to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Jim is the chair of the board of directors of Camp Oochigeas and a member of the board of the Jays Care Foundation.

Robert Schad and Athena Automation Limited

Successfully acted for Robert Schad and his company Athena Automation Limited defending a series of claims for misuse of confidential information against them by Husky Injection Molding Systems Limited that were dismissed following a lengthy trial on the Commercial List.

Freshii Inc.

Acted for Freshii Inc. in a number of matters, including disputes with franchisees.

Wind Power Developers

Representing wind power developers before the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Divisional Court responding to challenges to three of the largest wind energy projects undertaken in Ontario. These proceedings included an allegation that Ontario's wind energy regime violates section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Successfully defended Rogers Communications Inc. in a precedent-setting misleading advertising case brought by the Commissioner of Competition. This case resulted in a lengthy 3-month trial that involved the first constitutional challenge to certain provisions of the Competition Act.

Dutee Chand

Successfully represented Dutee Chand, an Indian-born sprinter, in a landmark international sports ruling suspending the operation of the International Association Athletic Federation's Hyperandrogenism Regulation, which screens female athletes on the basis of their natural testosterone levels.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

Successfully represented the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in upholding the decision of the IPC to exclude the Russian Paralympic Committee from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Google Inc.

Represented Google Inc., jointly with local British Columbia counsel, in the appeal of a precedent setting decision granting a world-wide injunction requiring Google to block certain search results from its search engine.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Acted for Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with a number of consumer class actions, including claims relating to alleged misrepresentations about long distance charges, a class action seeking damages of $100 million alleging that certain cable services of Rogers were not available as advertised and a multi-billion dollar class action proceedings across Canada to recover "system access fees" charged to consumers by wireless service providers in Canada in the period since 1987.

Stingray Digital

Acted for Stingray Digital in a $50-million claim against its franchisor in a fast-tracked action before the Commercial List of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

HudBay Minerals Inc.

Acted for Jaguar Financial Corporation, a shareholder of HudBay Minerals Inc., in its successful and precedent-setting application to the Ontario Securities Commission to set aside a decision of the Listing Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange and compel HudBay to obtain shareholder approval in respect of HudBay's proposed $550-million acquisition of Lundin Mining Corporation. This case led to the termination of the proposed transaction and ultimately to the removal from office of members of the Board of Directors of HudBay.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for the Special Committee of InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the request of Orange Capital, LLC for a special meeting of unitholders and the settlement entered into among InnVest, Orange Capital and certain other unitholders.

Rogers Sportsnet

Acted for Rogers Sportsnet in an action for defamation brought by the former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust and InnVest Operations Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust and InnVest Operations Trust in connection with a reorganization to unwind their "stapled unit" trading structure through a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Trustee Act (Ontario).

Tyson Fury

Representing Tyson Fury, the former heavy weight champion of the world, in defending doping allegations made against him by UK Anti-Doping.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with a number of disputes relating to the management of a hotel.

Jack Burke

Successfully represented Canadian cyclist Jack Burke before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in establishing that Jack had no fault for his ingestion of HCTZ. The decision is one of the first findings of "no fault" rendered by the Court.

GrowthWorks Ltd.

Acted for GrowthWorks Ltd. in its successful opposition to a plan of arrangement put forward by VenGrowth Funds in proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Fido Solutions Inc.

Acted for Fido Solutions Inc. in the Superior Court of Ontario and Ontario Court of Appeal in defending successfully a $160-million claim commenced against it by Unique Broadband Wireless Services, Inc. relating to an alleged breach of contract, breach of confidence and breach of fiduciary duty.

Slater Steel Inc.

Acted for the former directors and officers of Slater Steel Inc. defending them against certain pension-related claims commenced following the conclusion of Slater's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceeding.

Canadian Women's National Soccer Team

Acting for the members of the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team in respect of their compensation dispute with the Canadian Soccer Association.

Bell Canada

Acted for Bell Canada in successfully having an arbitration seeking over $100 million in damages struck out on the basis that the claimant partnership had ceased to exist and the arbitration was therefore a nullity.

GEM Global

Acted for GEM Global in a breach of contract action against Intertainment Media Inc.

Confidential client

Acted for a franchisor in connection with a number of franchise disputes.

Grupo FerroAtlántica S.A.

Acted for subsidiaries of Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A. in a successful bid for the acquisition of the solar-grade silicon assets of Timminco Inc. and Bécancour Silicon Inc. in connection with their insolvency proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with a claim brought by Choice Hotels International alleging breach of contract.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its reorganization to become a Qualifying REIT for Canadian federal income tax purposes through the implementation of a "stapled unit" trading structure.

Dr. Bernard Sherman

Acted as counsel for Dr. Bernard Sherman of Apotex in copyright infringement litigation in the Federal Court.

In the News

Precedent Magazine: Athletes in Trouble Call on James Bunting

Mar. 10, 2017 - Davies litigation partner James Bunting was featured in the spring issue of Precedent Magazine. The article describes Jim’s notable work in sports law, which began when, as a law student, he helped a friend get reinstated on the national alpine team. While Jim has forged a dynamic career...

Article

A Paperless Courtroom: Embracing the Use of Electronic Trials

Sept. 23, 2016 - In this article, James Bunting, Chantelle Spagnola and Anisah Hassan discuss a number of innovative practices that were adopted by the parties and the court in the Husky v. Schad trial heard in the Ontario Superior Court (Commercial List) in late 2015 and show how the adoption of those...

Article

Summer of Sport – Gender Policing at International Sporting Events

July 20, 2016 - LexisNexis

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Applying Team Sanctions for Doping

July 07, 2016 - Earlier this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a two-year sanction to 34 players of the Essendon Football Club. None of the 34 players tested positive for a prohibited substance, but the CAS was comfortably satisfied on the evidence before it that each of the players had...

Announcement

Historic Ruling Declares Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter, Eligible to Compete

July 27, 2015 - In a precedent-setting decision, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that Dutee Chand, a 19-year-old Indian sprinter, is immediately and unconditionally eligible to compete after being barred from competition because sports officials had deemed her natural testosterone levels too...

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Experts Only

Mar. 06, 2015 - When you follow a guide off piste you are letting your guide take your life in their hands. Before doing so you will no doubt vet the qualifications of your guide to ensure that they have the necessary experience and skill to lead you safely down the mountain. The experience of the...

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Useful Websites for Civil Litigators

Dec. 31, 2014 - Law Society of Upper Canada

Bulletin

Is Your Third-Party Decision Maker an Arbitrator or an Expert?

Feb. 04, 2014 - As an alternative to resolving issues before the courts, parties frequently include dispute resolution clauses in their commercial contracts setting out how certain issues or potential disputes will be resolved and by whom. These clauses often take the form of an arbitration agreement, pursuant to...

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Dispute Resolution: Ontario—Up & Coming (2016)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Class Action (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Lawyer to Watch

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

Lexpert Zenith Award—Diversity and Inclusion (2016)

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Expert Guides’ Rising Stars

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2003

Education

University of Western Ontario, LLB, 2002
University of Western Ontario, BA, 1999

Professional Affiliations

The Advocates’ Society

Board Memberships

Camp Oochigeas, chair
Jays Care Foundation

Community Involvement

Camp Oochigeas
Jays Care Foundation, Young Professionals Committee, former fundraising chair
Sporting Life 10K Industry Challenge, co-founder

Teaching Engagements

Jim has taught civil procedure as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a lecturer at ISDE Madrid in its Masters in Sports Law program.