Upcoming Programmes

Clarence Beckett Award Luncheon
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel 1919 Upper Water Street Hali 24 January 2018  

The Board of Directors of Canadian Defence Lawyers invites you to a Luncheon honouring our 2017 Lee Samis Award recipient Clarence A. Beckett, Q.C. on January 24, 2018. The event will also include presentations by notable Nova Scotia Judges, Justice Jamie W.S. Saunders of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and Justice Robert W. Wright of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.


Justice Saunders will present “Litigation as We Know it, May Not be in Your Future”, and Justice Wright will present “Judicial Settlement Conferences”.  These presentations will provide one hour of Professionalism education.


We hope that you and your colleagues in the defence bar and the insurance community will join us to recognize his achievements at an enjoyable, informative and entertaining afternoon at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax.  The Presentations begin at 11:30 am and Lunch at 12:30 pm (business attire).

Lee Samis Award of Excellence Luncheon January 24, 2018 - ORDER LUNCH TICKETS HERE

The Lee Samis Award of Excellence was named for the founding President of CDL to recognize exceptional contributions and/or achievements by members of CDL:

- to the legal profession in general; or

- to jurisprudence in Canada on the law of insurance; or

- to law or development of the law of insurance in Canada; or

- a significant law-related benefit to CDL and/or the insurance industry.


Clarence Beckett takes pride in offering over three decades of exceptional legal experience to his clients. He practices in the areas of Civil Litigation and Insurance Law with an emphasis on defence. Clarence has served as Patterson Law's managing partner, Litigation Group Chair, and Insurance Litigation Practice Group Regional Chair. He has made appearances in all Courts in Nova Scotia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, has taught the insurance section of the Bar Admission course and was recently selected to be published in Lexpert, Canada's respected legal directory. Clary has been recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada since 2006, and was honored as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Personal Injury Litigation in 2010, in Insurance Law in 2012, and Legal Malpractice Law in 2013. He has been recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Canada Litigation since 2013.


Please join us in celebrating Clarence’s award.


14th Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium
One King West Hotel 7 February 2018  


Cost: Members $621.50  Non-Members $791.00
         Insurance Adjusters and Claims Managers: Call CDL for a special rate: $395.50
WEDNESDAY February 7, 2018 | One King West Hotel
CPD: Professionalism and Substantive Credits TBD
Chairs: David Mackenzie - Blaney McMurtry LLP, Toronto & Catherine Keyes, TD Legal


The 14th Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium


Chairs: David Mackenzie, Blaney McMurtry LLP - Toronto Ontario
             Catherine Keyes, TD Legal - Toronto Ontario


CDL’s Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium is the foremost educational event for insurance executives, claims professionals, defence counsel who specialize in insurance coverage and defence counsel looking to improve their knowledge of insurance coverage. The 2018 edition will once again offer an unparalleled opportunity to network with a distinguished faculty as well as insurance industry leaders, experts, and coverage lawyers on emerging issues, recent court rulings, national trends, and the future of insurance coverage law.


The 14th Annual edition of the Symposium will include:


  • Additional insured issues under commonly used personal lines and commercial lines policies;
  • How-to-tips on drafting effective reservation of rights letters;
  • A cross-Canada look at the rights of innocent co-insureds under personal lines policies;
  • How the doctrine of reasonable expectations influences coverage determinations;
  • Practical advice on how to defend third party bad faith claims;
  • How criminals operate in cyber-space and the third-party liability that it generates; to what extent do D&O, CGL and commonly available cyber coverage deal with this?
  • Dealing with cyber-attacks and a look at the first-party cyber coverage that is available in the North American market place.


Keep an eye on your inbox for more details soon!  


*Ask for CDL’s rate when booking your hotel room Quote: Canadian Defence Lawyers or  Group Code 180131CANA when booking your hotel room reservations@onekingwest.com or call 416-548-8100. The cut-off date is January 17, 2018 – availability and rate is not guaranteed after this date.