Kristine Spence

Associate

Kristine Spence

Kristine Spence

Associate

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2014

Kristine has acted for clients on a variety of litigation matters, including class actions, contract disputes and securities law disputes.

She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has made both written and oral submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining Davies, Kristine clerked at the Caribbean Court of Justice before practising litigation at a leading global law firm. Previously, she lived in Shanghai, China, where she worked as a marketing consultant for a multinational professional services firm.

Kristine Spence

Associate

Kristine has acted for clients on a variety of litigation matters, including class actions, contract disputes and securities law disputes.

She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has made both written and oral submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining Davies, Kristine clerked at the Caribbean Court of Justice before practising litigation at a leading global law firm. Previously, she lived in Shanghai, China, where she worked as a marketing consultant for a multinational professional services firm.

The Law Students' Society of Ontario

Acted for an intervener, the Law Students' Society of Ontario, in the Trinity Western University et al. v The Law Society of Upper Canada and The Law Society of British Columbia v Trinity Western University et al. appeals before the SCC.

Confidential Client

Advising and assisting a whistleblower to make a detailed confidential/anonymous whistleblower submission to the Ontario Securities Commission under the OSC's relatively new (June 2016) Whistleblower Program in respect of securities fraud and misleading disclosure in the exempt market.

West Face Capital Inc.

Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in defending successfully against a second claim asserted against it by The Catalyst Capital Inc., this time for more than $1.3 billion, arising from the participation by West Face in the purchase and subsequent sale of Wind Mobile Inc. On April 18, 2018, Justice Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined that this second claim was essentially an attempt to re-litigate the same facts and issues that had previously been decided by Justice Newbould in the first such claim between Catalyst and West Face. As such, Justice Hainey dismissed the claim as against West Face, and all of the other defendants, as an abuse of process. Catalyst's appeal from the Order of Justice Hainey dismissing this action as an abuse of process was dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in early May 2019.

General Motors Financial

Acting for General Motors Financial in defending a class action claiming damages resulting from an alleged privacy breach concerning customer information.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation and certain of its former and existing officers and directors in defending eight multi-billion dollar class actions commenced in jurisdictions across Canada pertaining to alleged breaches by Barrick of its disclosure obligations under the securities laws of Ontario and other provinces concerning Barrick's Pascua Lama mining project in Chile and Argentina.

Google Inc.

Acting for Google Inc. in connection with various matters, including many cases involving allegations of defamation over the Internet.

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2014

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD (Dean’s Honour List), 2013
Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, BA (Honours Business Administration) (with Distinction, Academic Excellence Opportunity), 2007

Community Involvement

Ontario Justice Education Network, Ambassador

Kristine has acted for clients on a variety of litigation matters, including class actions, contract disputes and securities law disputes.

She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has made both written and oral submissions to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before joining Davies, Kristine clerked at the Caribbean Court of Justice before practising litigation at a leading global law firm. Previously, she lived in Shanghai, China, where she worked as a marketing consultant for a multinational professional services firm.

The Law Students' Society of Ontario

Acted for an intervener, the Law Students' Society of Ontario, in the Trinity Western University et al. v The Law Society of Upper Canada and The Law Society of British Columbia v Trinity Western University et al. appeals before the SCC.

Confidential Client

Advising and assisting a whistleblower to make a detailed confidential/anonymous whistleblower submission to the Ontario Securities Commission under the OSC's relatively new (June 2016) Whistleblower Program in respect of securities fraud and misleading disclosure in the exempt market.

West Face Capital Inc.

Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in defending successfully against a second claim asserted against it by The Catalyst Capital Inc., this time for more than $1.3 billion, arising from the participation by West Face in the purchase and subsequent sale of Wind Mobile Inc. On April 18, 2018, Justice Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined that this second claim was essentially an attempt to re-litigate the same facts and issues that had previously been decided by Justice Newbould in the first such claim between Catalyst and West Face. As such, Justice Hainey dismissed the claim as against West Face, and all of the other defendants, as an abuse of process. Catalyst's appeal from the Order of Justice Hainey dismissing this action as an abuse of process was dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in early May 2019.

General Motors Financial

Acting for General Motors Financial in defending a class action claiming damages resulting from an alleged privacy breach concerning customer information.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation and certain of its former and existing officers and directors in defending eight multi-billion dollar class actions commenced in jurisdictions across Canada pertaining to alleged breaches by Barrick of its disclosure obligations under the securities laws of Ontario and other provinces concerning Barrick's Pascua Lama mining project in Chile and Argentina.

Google Inc.

Acting for Google Inc. in connection with various matters, including many cases involving allegations of defamation over the Internet.

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2014

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD (Dean’s Honour List), 2013
Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, BA (Honours Business Administration) (with Distinction, Academic Excellence Opportunity), 2007

Community Involvement

Ontario Justice Education Network, Ambassador