Practice Areas

Our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate legal team works with individual and corporate clients in all facets of the law.

Family Law

You can count on the Shirtliff Hinds team if you need a children’s lawyer, family lawyer or divorce lawyer. We are confident, articulate litigators in all facets of family law, including

  • Child custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Separation agreements, including cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts
  • All matters of divorce
  • Preparing, filing, serving and arguing motions for restraining orders
Carol Shirtliff-Hinds Apiramy Suntharalingam Kerry Lynne

Criminal Defence

If you suspect you are under criminal investigation – for assault or sexual assault, robbery or theft, fraud or even a driving offence – speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. We will defend your interests by

  • Negotiating with the prosecution for a favourable resolution, including withdrawal of charges
  • Dissecting disclosure and championing your rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Gathering evidence and building a strong case
  • Mounting a compelling defence at trial, and cross-examining officers and civilian witnesses alike
  • Pursuing all avenues of appeal for summary convictions and indictable offences
Carol Shirtliff-Hinds Adib Nadi Matthew Capotosto Jerry Leung Simrat Dhamrait-Sohi

Civil Litigation Services

We can help you assert your rights at all levels of court, and in tribunals, whether you are a plaintiff or defendant. Our team can help you map out a tailored, cost-effective strategy in cases involving

  • Debt enforcement
  • Contract or partnership disputes
  • Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
  • Wrongful dismissal and other employment law matters
  • Estate litigation
  • Personal injury claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Mediation, trials and appeals
  • Franchise disputes
Carol Shirtliff-Hinds Robin Anderson

Employment Law

Employers have to treat their employees fairly under the Employment Standards Act, but they don’t always follow the law. Our team can confidently negotiate, mediate or articulate your case. We can assist you with

  • Employment contracts and employment standards
  • Wrongful dismissal or termination of employment
  • Negotiating severance packages
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Employment litigation
  • Harassment
  • Executive compensation and contracts
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions
  • Pregnancy and parental leave
Filomena Kandola - Independent Legal Counsel

Wills and Estates

A will establishes how you want your assets distributed upon your death, and who will manage your estate. It, and sometimes a trust, can defer or reduce taxes and ensure that your estate is passed to your beneficiaries with minimal costs and difficulty. A will should be properly drawn up and executed, to ensure its validity before the courts.

A power of attorney, or living will, indicates who will look after your property or make medical decisions on your behalf if you are mentally or physically unable to do so.

Our probate lawyers can help you with

  • A simple single will or a simple reciprocal/spousal will
  • Power of attorney for personal care or property
  • Setting up a trust
  • Updating a will
  • Estate administration
Rose Ghaly Kerry Lynne

Real Estate Law

Buying or selling a home is among life’s most significant financial transactions, but real estate’s time-sensitive nature can pose risk to the average consumer. Our qualified team can help you buy or sell your residential or commercial property with peace of mind, and can ensure that your investment is protected. Our real estate lawyers can help you with

  • Residential, commercial or construction litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • The purchase, sale or resale of homes, condominiums, cottages and commercial properties
  • Financing and refinancing
  • Construction and development
  • Leasing and property management
  • Construction and condominium liens
  • Commercial landlord-tenant disagreements
Rose Ghaly

Corporate and Commercial Law

We advise commercial clients with personalized service and insightful research. We can help you manage risk associated with

  • Incorporation and registration
  • Trademarks and copyrights
  • Corporate structures, record keeping and finance
  • Commercial agreements, including shareholder, partnership and joint-venture contracts
  • Negotiations and transactions
  • Consumer protection
  • Construction liens
  • Commercial tenancy
  • Mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Franchises
  • Leasing

Small Claims

Choosing the right small claims representative is essential if you are sued or contemplating legal action in small claims court in Ontario (which handles civil matters for amounts under $25,000). Small claims cases may include

  • Money owed for goods supplied or services rendered
  • Unpaid loans, credit cards or unpaid rents
  • Property damage
  • Personal injury
  • Improper repairs
  • Breach of contract
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Our dedicated, highly qualified paralegal provides such small claims services as

  • Completing small claims forms
  • Helping you file small claims forms at minimal cost
  • Offering legal advice
  • Helping you understand procedures, rules and appeals
Jennifer DeWitt


Using “soft skills” and legal acumen, Shirtliff Hinds can help parties resolve interpersonal disputes out of court, with workable solutions that minimize conflict, delays and cost. Consider mediation if you find yourself dealing with

  • Civil litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful dismissal or workplace conflict
  • Regulatory or disciplinary matters
  • Caregiver planning
  • Family law matters, including separation agreements