Matthew W.P. McLaughlin

Partner

Matthew is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group of KRB.  Matthew has advised domestic and international corporations, banking institutions, lenders, insurers, and other entities, both private and public, in connection with a variety of complex civil, commercial, and corporate disputes.

Matthew joined KRB in 2021, after having gained substantial litigation experience over more than a decade at a prominent Montreal firm. Matthew has acted on behalf of clients  in a variety of matters, with significant experience in contractual conflicts, real estate litigation, construction law, shareholder disputes, mortgage remedies, loan recovery, commercial leasing and franchising, defamation, unjust dismissal, and professional responsibility claims. Matthew has also advised clients in a broad range of matters related to business activities, including employment and technology claims.

Matthew has successfully represented clients before all judicial instances and forums, both in first instance and in appeal, and negotiated favorable settlements in complex litigation cases through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and judicial settlement conferences.

Matthew is certified as an instructor by the Quebec Bar Association, and has given conferences on civil procedure and abusive legal proceedings.

Representative Work

Commercial Leasing and Franchising – Soltron v. Café Vienne (2016): Court of Appeal decision regarding ability of a judgment creditor to seize in third hands the rent and/or franchise royalties payable by a sub-tenant / franchisee to landlords and franchisors;

Shareholder Oppression and Remedies – Stark v. Friedman (2012): Superior Court (Commercial Division) judgment regarding interim damages and provision for costs granted to a shareholder for procedural abuse and to finance a forensic accounting expertise for financial irregularities;

Hidden Defects and Warranties – Goldberg v. Khazzam (2018): Superior Court judgment regarding the grave legal consequences of tardy disclosure of defects and the prejudicial destruction of evidence in the context of environmental contamination;

Hypothecs and Mortgage Recovery – Cayo v. National Bank of Canada (2013): Superior Court judgment regarding the reasonable conduct of a bank in connection with the recovery of amounts owing and the administration of mortgaged property;

Construction and Sale Agreements – Habitation Chatelain v. Bourassa (2014): Superior Court judgment regarding the hybrid nature of residential construction / sale agreements, and the criteria and consequences of cancelling such a contract;

Defamation – Presse Chinoise v. Epoch Times (2010): Superior Court decision (later confirmed by the Court of Appeal in 2012) regarding the defense of public interest in the context of political commentary and reporting.

Areas of Expertise

Civil and Contractual Liability

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Construction Law

Shareholder Disputes

Loans, Mortgages and Sureties

Leasing and Franchising

Defamation and Libel

Professional Responsibility

Employment Litigation

(Unjust Dismissal, Restrictive Covenants, etc.)

Education

McGill University, LLB, BCL (2007)

University of New Brunswick, Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (2003)

Year of Call

Quebec Bar (2008)