Sarah offers practical and effective solutions to her clients’ litigation disputes.
She acts in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters, including constitutional, administrative and tax disputes. Sarah is also experienced in complex white collar investigations, both civil and criminal, involving allegations relating to such issues as tax evasion and corporate fraud.
Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac
Acted successfully for Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac on a challenge of search warrants and communication orders issued by a judge and executed in multiple locations by the Agence du revenu du Québec as part of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit of Québec.
Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec
Acting for the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec in a number of important disputes with the Ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (Québec's Ministry of Health).
Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires
Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires as an intervener in a litigation with the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec on the constitutionality of section 22.6 of the Health Insurance Act.
Acting for a confidential client, as an innocent third party in an investigation, led by the Québec's permanent anti-corruption unit (PACU).
Acting for confidential clients in an action against a former officer and related parties for the misappropriation of more than $6.5 million for their own benefit.
Acting for confidential clients in proceedings with regard to the misappropriation of $22 million by a former employee and related parties.
Acting on behalf of confidential clients in a challenge of multiple search warrants executed in multiple locations by the Québec's Revenue Agency.
World Sikh Organization of Canada
Acting for the World Sikh Organization of Canada and its vice-president for Québec, Amrit Kaur, in their legal challenge of the Act respecting the laicity of the State, which prohibits the wearing of religious symbols by certain public sector employees.
Montréal Defence Lawyers Association
Represented the Montréal Defence Lawyers Association (AADM) before the Supreme Court of Canada in Attorney General of Quebec, et al. v. 9147-0732 Québec Inc., a case where the Supreme Court of Canada will determine for the first time if the constitutional protection against "cruel and unusual treatment or punishment" should apply to corporations as well as to other legal persons.
Acting for a leading Canadian retailer in its defense against criminal charges for tax evasion.
COVID-19 and the Courts: What You Need to Know
Sept. 10, 2020 - Across the globe, courts are rapidly adapting their practices and procedures, initially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and now to the gradual resumption of activities and easing of restrictions. As Canadian provinces gradually move toward reopening, courts have also begun to reopen their...
Jordan Ceilings: Verdict Deliberation Time Not Included
Apr. 20, 2020 - In the landmark case of Jordan rendered in July 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) established ceilings beyond which delay from the charge to the actual or anticipated end of trial is presumed to be unreasonable and infringes section 11 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...
The Quarantine Act: Beware of the Criminal Consequences for Corporations, Directors and Officers, co-author
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Search and Seizure: Authorities Can’t Keep What They Seize Indefinitely
Feb. 04, 2020 - In a recent decision, 1 the Superior Court of Québec held that an authority cannot keep copies of electronic documents seized during a search and seizure after officially notifying the person that it will not bring penal or administrative proceedings against the person. In this decision, the Court...
Investigation and Disclosure: The Court Stresses the Importance of Protecting Whistleblowers
Jan. 22, 2020 - In a decision handed down on December 9, 2019, 1 the Superior Court of Québec stressed the importance of keeping the identity of whistleblowers and their statements confidential in the context of investigations into wrongdoing within a public body. Confidentiality can be lifted only when there are...
New Era, New Disclosure Obligations
Dec. 17, 2019 - In a case argued by Davies, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment on December 10 setting out, for the first time, the conditions that must be met for the electronic disclosure of evidence by the Crown to be “reasonably accessible”, respectful of the accused’s fundamental rights and consistent...
Tax Fraud Charges: Jordan Stay of Proceedings Ordered Due to Unreasonable Delay
Sept. 04, 2019 - In a recent decision, the Court of Québec (Court) held that section 11b of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees that any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time, had been infringed. 1 It ordered a stay of proceedings in...
Search Warrants: Misleading the Court Compromises the Integrity of the Process
May 02, 2019 - The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in Agence du revenu du Québec v 9229-0188 Québec inc. has dismissed an application for leave to appeal filed by Revenu Québec (RQ), acting as part of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit of Québec. In doing so, the SCC leaves intact the action brought by...
Search Warrants: Investigators’ Good Faith Cannot Always Be Presumed
Apr. 25, 2019 - In Demers c R, 2019 QCCA 518, the Court of Appeal of Québec acquitted the appellant, who had previously been convicted by the Court of Québec on the basis of evidence obtained as a result of an illegal search and seizure. The Court of Appeal held that, when the affidavit filed to support...
Court of Appeal Expands the Range of Fundamental Rights of Legal Persons
Mar. 18, 2019 - In a judgment rendered on March 4, 2019 in 9147-0732 Québec Inc. c. Directeur des poursuites criminelles, 2019 QCCA 373, the Court of Appeal of Québec ruled for the first time on whether legal persons can avail themselves of the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment...