Thor Hansell

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Winnipeg / Services provided by T J Hansell Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1989)
  • LLB (Manitoba, 1988)
  • B.Comm. with honours (Manitoba, 1984)

Thor practises civil/commercial litigation. He is recognized as a strong advocate with a direct and practical approach to complex disputes. He has appeared before all courts in Manitoba, the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada and a wide variety of administrative tribunals.

  • Member, The Law Society of Manitoba
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates Society of Manitoba
  • Named a Litigation Star, Securities, Commercial, Professional Liability, Benchmark Canada (2023)
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers (Winnipeg, 2022)
  • Recognized as a Leading Canadian Lawyer, Litigation: General Commerical, Chambers Canada (Manitoba, 2021)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation,  Best Lawyers (2009-present)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer, Professional Malpractice Law, Best Lawyers (2021-present)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer, Director and Officer Liability Practice, Construction Law, Best Lawyers (2022-present)
  • Named a Leading Practitioner, Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers (2014)
  • Highly Recommended, Benchmark Canada
  • Named a Litigation StarGeneral Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities, Benchmark Canada
  • Listed as Distinguished, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Hercules Managements v. Ernst & Young [1997] 2 SCR 165 – scope of an auditor’s duty of care
  • Northern Regional Health Authority v. Manitoba Human Rights Commission, 2021 SCC 42
  • 2015 Construction Arbitration – acted for owner in defence of $100 million plus claims arising from a large roadway and bridge infrastructure project
  • 2019 Construction Arbitration– acted for owner in defence of $100 million plus claims arising from large power infrastructure project
  • 2024 – two ongoing construction arbitrations relating to commercial building construction
  • The City of Winnipeg et al 2023 MBKB 114 – successfully defended the Director of Planning, Property & Development of the City of Winnipeg in $30 million plus claims for misfeasance in public office
  • R.S. Distribution Services Ltd. v MTS Inc. et al, 2023 MBCA 34 – successfully defended Bell MTS in commercial contract dispute
  • McGillvray Restaurant v. Canada [2017] 1 FCR 209 (FCA) – Income Tax Act, de facto control of a corporation
  • Gerelus v. Lim et al, [2008] 9WWR 585 (Man. CA) – successful medical malpractice defence, catastrophic injuries at birth, informed consent
  • Rutherford v. Wiens, 2021 MBCA 84 – successful medical malpractice defence, standard of care