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September 2016 - Billington Barristers welcomes Ryan Griffin, B.Comm., J.D.

Billington Barristers is pleased to welcome Ryan Griffin as an articling student. Ryan holds a Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University and a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance from the Haskayne School of Business at University of Calgary where he was on the Dean’s List.



June 2016 - Movie Premiere of The Agreement

Susan Billington, QC appears in the movie premiere of The Agreement on June 16, 2016. The short docu-drama film was commissioned by the Legal Archives of Alberta to commemorate the involvement and sacrifice of those in the legal profession in Alberta who came forward in the defence of liberty in the First World War. The short docu-dram is based on…



June 2016 - Susan V.R. Billington, QC and Alyx Nanji (student-at-law) of Billington Barristers attended the Global Petroleum Show held in Calgary from June 7 – 9, 2016

“Billington Barristers particularly wanted to attend the Petroleum Show this year to show our support of the players in the petroleum and natural gas industry in Alberta. The Petroleum show is a bit smaller this year as the Alberta industry is experiencing tough times. Having the right lawyers on your side when you need them to provide timely legal advice...


November 12, 2015 - Susan Billington, QC introduces featured speakers at the Legal Archives Dinner – Honouring Two of Our Best

The Legal Archives Society of Alberta hosted its annual Historical Dinner at the Fairmont Palliser and honoured two of its best – the Rt. Hon. R. B. Bennett and The Hon. J.H. Laycraft. Susan Billington introduced the two featured speakers. First, Gordon Brown, Q.C. who spoke of the life and times of R.B. Bennett, the first President of the Canadian Bar…


November 2015 - Susan Billington, QC- featured article in Law Matters

The Fall 2015 edition of Law Matters, the newsletter of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch, features an article by Susan Billington, QC entitled Reflections on a Lawyer Profile. This article outlines the 18 professional and personal characteristics of a lawyer and addresses the challenges in the delivery of legal services...


September 2015 - Rick Billington presents at the Anti-Money Laundering Conference

Richard Billington, Q.C. presented a seminar on “Civil Actions to Combat Money Laundering and Fraud” at the annual national conference on Money Laundering in Canada, sponsored by ABCS (About Business Crime Solutions). Held at the Banff Springs Hotel, attendees included a national audience of law enforcement officers, corporate compliance officers, lawyers, accountants and bankers...


July 2015 - Billington Barristers welcomes Alyx Nanji

Billington Barristers is pleased to welcome Alyx Nanji as an articling student. Alyx will be introduced to the firm’s clients and provide assistance to our lawyers while completing the final year of training before he is to be called to the bar. Alyx will be trained in advocacy during this time, and will be exposed to corporate and commercial litigation,...


May 2015 - Richard Billington, Q.C. Addresses National Forensics Conference

The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators heard from Richard Billington, Q.C. at its national conference. The event, which took place in Toronto, heard Rick Billington speak on the topic of “Ferreting Out and Seizing Assets and Evidence”. He spoke of recent developments in legal remedies to preserve assets and evidence that are at risk of destruction, alteration or removal in...


March 2015: Susan Billington Named “Unsung Hero” by Canadian Bar Association Magazine

The current issue of Law Matters has named Susan Billington, QC as an “Unsung Hero”, and recognizes her leadership in the legal profession and her extensive volunteer work in the community. The magazine is published by the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) and speaks of her passionate dedication to providing free legal advice and representation to those who otherwise couldn’t afford...


January 2015 - Rick Billington to speak to Anti-Money Laundering Conference

About Business Crime Solutions’ annual national Money Laundering in Canada conference, which will be held in Banff in September of 2015. Richard Billington, Q.C. will present a seminar on “Civil Actions to Combat Money Laundering and Fraud” before the national audience of law enforcement officers, corporate compliance officers, lawyers, accountants and bankers. Click here for details....


December 2014 - Billington Barristers Awarded “Best in Injunctions - Canada” and “Best in Intellectual Property Litigation – Canada"

Acquisition International described their methodology in conducting the award process: Our award winners are determined through a rigorous process, which starts when we open the ballot boxes and distribute the voting forms through our partners within the industry. We combine the votes received – alongside supporting evidence – with our own in-house research to arrive at our final winners' list. This comprehensive…


December 2014 - Billington Barristers Provides Representation and Consultation on Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Obligations

Canadian case law has recently increased the obligations of corporations to conduct their affairs in good faith. This combines with a steady trend over the past several years that has emphasized the fiduciary responsibilities owed by directors of corporations, and of the obligations of business partners or joint ventures. Billington Barristers is experienced litigation counsel, whether acting for corporations, directors…


June 2014 - “Attack Fraud”

Billington Barristers continues to develop its experience in actions to attack civil fraud. “There are times when the criminal process cannot or will not be able to provide the appropriate remedies to preserve evidence or recover assets that are in the hands of wrong-doers,” said Richard Billington, Q.C., head of Billington Barristers. “We bring extensive experience in obtaining and executing…


April 2014 - Rick Billington, Q.C. Addresses Conference on Fraud and Computer Forensics

Rick Billington, Q.C. participated on an expert panel addressing a gathering of Entrepreneur’s Organization Calgary on the topic of Fraud in Business. The panel, consisting of lawyers, an accountant and computer forensic investigators was organized by MNP. It provided a multiple-disciplinary discussion of the latest developments in technical and legal issues encountered in combating fraud and breaches of fiduciary obligations.


December 2013 - Billington Barristers completes appointment by Court in complex commercial matter.

Billington Barristers has completed its engagement as Independent Supervising Solicitor (ISS) in the case Catalyst Systems v. Catalyst Canada Inc. As Independent Supervising Solicitor, Richard Billington, Q.C. headed a legal team that executed an Anton Piller Order simultaneously in three different towns, in a total of five business or residential premises. The appointment as ISS, made by Justice Ron Stevens,…


December 2013 - Billington Barristers Awarded Recognition for Top Litigation Boutique in Alberta

Acquisition International, a London, England based monthly magazine dedicated to global industry analysis of financial transaction professionals has recognized Billington Barristers as the top litigation boutique in Alberta. Jane Peter, Chief Coordinator of the 2013 Legal Awards stated “the year has not been without its challenges for the legal community but it’s clear from the evidence received that the industry’s…


September 2013 - Billington Barristers Marks 30 Years of Support for Faculty of Law Mooting and Debating

The Faculty of Law has again invited Richard N. Billington, Q.C. to conduct debate instruction and to adjudicate at the law school’s annual debate competition. This event, pitting 30 teams from within all three years of the law school against one another focuses on oral advocacy. Cross examination and final summation skills are emphasized. The Blackstone Debates were commenced 33…


August 2013 – Announcement

In late 2012, a foreign multi-national heavy equipment broker retained Billington Barristers to pursue a fraud claim against a sub-broker located in Alberta. The fraudster employed a variety of schemes, such as shipping damaged or used equipment instead of the remanufactured items that our client had ordered, to defraud the client of a substantial amount of money. The fraudster’s actions…


March 2013 - Queen’s Bench Appoints Billington Barristers as Independent Supervising Solicitor in Complex Anton Piller Matter

Billington Barristers has again been appointed by the court to oversee a complex Anton Piller Order, this time involving the simultaneous execution of the order in three different towns, and in five locations. Justice Paul Jeffrey of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta appointed Richard Billington, Q.C. to supervise the process, which is informally known as a civil search…


October 2012 - Billington Barristers Congratulates Susan Billington, Q.C. on Award

Susan V.R. Billington, Q.C. has been named as an award recipient of the Women in Law Leadership Awards. The award recognizes Susan’s contribution to the legal profession and community in the category of Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles). The award will be presented at a banquet on November 1, 2012 in Calgary. Click here for more details about the…


October 2012 – Billington Barristers welcomes Richard Hayles

Richard Billington, QC, head of Billington Barristers is pleased to announce that Richard Hayles has joined the firm as counsel. Richard is an experienced insurance and commercial litigation lawyer who has relocated his practice from Toronto. He is the author of Disability Insurance: Canadian Law and Business Practice , published by Carswell. Richard adds recognized insurance expertise and brings his substantial…


April 2012 - Canadian Lawyer Magazine Awards Honourable Mention to Billington Barristers in 2012 listing of Canada’s Top Litigation Boutiques.

Following its first nomination in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s top litigation boutiques, Billington Barristers has been awarded Honourable Mention, placing it in the company of only 12 other Canadian litigation boutiques. Canadian Lawyer described its selection process “We ran a short online survey and from there, we drew on the experience of in-house counsel and large-firm…


March 2012 – Billington Barristers Litigation Team: Experienced Shareholder Oppression Counsel.

The past two years have seen a substantial increase in the number of actions being conducted in Alberta in which it is alleged that corporate directors or managers have acted oppressively or with unfair prejudice to the interests of corporate stakeholders, including shareholders, fellow directors and affiliated corporations. Billington Barristers, led by Richard N. Billington, QC have significant experience in…


March 2012 – Billington Barristers welcomes Judd Blitt

Judd Blitt has joined the team at Billington Barristers. Judd is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and has practiced in Calgary since then. His experience compliments our client’s requirements, with experience in appeals, trials and chambers applications, particularly in the area of corporate litigation, Oil & Gas disputes and in respect to investment…


March 2012 - Billington to address Entrepreneur Organization Calgary on Commercial Fraud

March is fraud prevention month. Rick Billington, QC will participate in a panel discussion on commercial fraud at Hotel Arts on March 6, 2012. The event, which will include forensic accountant Brian Tario of MNP, forensic investigator Iain Kenny of MNP and lawyer Steve Major of Bennett Jones LLP will be held at Hotel Arts. Billington is recognized setting precedent…


February 2012 - Billington-Baker Cup awarded at University of Calgary Law School

The trophy for top debater at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law was awarded on February 7, at the annual Blackstone Debates. Alastair MacKinnon was presented with the Billington-Baker cup by Richard Billington, QC of Billington Barristers. The Blackstone medals for top team were awarded to Lily Rabinovitch and Tim Stock-Bateman, and were awarded by Tema Blackstone, daughter of…


February 2012 – Billington Barristers nominated for top litigation boutique in Canada

Canadian Legal Newswire, publisher of Canadian Lawyer and Law Times magazines, has nominated Billington Barristers in its survey of the top ten litigation boutiques in Canada. Our firm is one of only five boutiques on the prairies to be nominated, and one of only four Alberta firms receiving a nomination. Said Rick Billington, QC: “we are pleased to receive this…


January 2012 – Billington Moderates Ethical Oil Debate

Alberta lawyers viewed a showcase debate on the ethics of oilsands development, moderated by Richard N. Billington, QC of Billington Barristers. Greenpeace activist Mike Hudema and journalist Ezra Levant debated the resolution: “That the Oilsands/Tarsands are the most Ethical Oil on Earth” at the Alberta Law Conference held in Calgary on January 27, 2012. Levant, currently with Sun News Network,…


November 2011 - Richard Billington, Q.C. to Speak at Faculty of Law

Rick Billington (class of 1983) will be instructing law students in oral advocacy and debate techniques at a session to be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary in January 2012. “Secrets of the Blackstone Debates” will be taught along with Susan V.R. Billington, Q.C. (class of 1985). The session will prepare law students for the annual Faculty…


October, 2011 – Billington Barristers represents Trustee of Orion Industries Ltd.

Orion Industries Ltd. was petitioned into Bankruptcy on June 28, 2011. Richard Billington, QC has been appointed as counsel for the Trustee in Bankruptcy, Grant Thornton Alger Inc. A listing of court filings, including Trustees Reports is maintained on the website of the Trustee.…


August 2011 – Billington Barristers says farewell to our summer student, Tahir Chaudhary

Tahir has successfully completed his summer student term with Billington Barristers. We wish Tahir all the best in his third year of studies in the faculty of law at the University of Calgary...


July 2011 – Richard Billington, Q.C. to Chair the Alberta Law Conference Advanced Advocacy Skills Panel

Alberta lawyers annually gather at the Alberta Law Conference in order to participate in continuing professional development, to discuss ethical and practical issues facing lawyers, and to recognize outstanding contributions to society and the profession. Richard Billington, Q.C. will be chairing the Advanced Advocacy Skills Panel at the upcoming conference, to be held in Calgary in January, 2012. The panel…


March 2011 – Richard Billington, Q.C. judges final round of Canadian Jessup International Moot

As part of Billington Barristers’ commitment to the mentorship of young lawyers, Richard Billington, Q.C. adjudicated at the final Canadian round of the White & Case Canadian National Division Qualifying Tournament of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held in Calgary. This competition between top students of 15 Canadian law schools dealt with an international complaint between…


March 2011 – Extraordinary Remedies to Combat Shareholder Oppression, Corporate Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Obligations

Richard Billington, Q.C. has significant experience in employing remedies in cases where shareholders have grounds to believe that their rights have been oppressed, or where their interests may have been dealt with fraudulently, and he frequently speaks on these remedies to professional associations and academic conferences on his expertise. All lawyers in Billington Barristers are familiar with obtaining court orders…


February 2011 - Richard Billington, Q.C. Addresses National Conference

Rick Billington addressed the Canadian Institute’s conference on Provincial and Municipal Liability, held in Toronto on February 8 and 9, 2011. He was invited to address this national audience on two issues of current prominence in Canadian law. First on the issue of municipal and provincial authority and liability arising when objects blow or fall off of buildings under construction.…


October 2010 – Mandatory Mediation of Civil Disputes – Richard N. Billington, Q.C. as Mediator

The New Rules of Court require litigants in all Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta civil actions to participate in mandatory mediation of their claim before it may be entered for trial. Counsel wishing to avoid the wait for mediation through the Calgary Courts Centre are able to retain private mediators to conduct their required mediation. Richard N. Billington, Q.C.…


October 2010 – Billington Barristers moves to Elveden House

Billington Barristers has relocated its office within downtown Calgary, to 1910 Elveden House. 717 – 7th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0Z3. The new location, one block away from the Calgary Courts Centre, is in the heart of the downtown core. Our new office is particularly suitable for conducting mandatory mediations of civil disputes, which are required by the new Alberta…


July 2010 - Award of Significant Court Costs Enhances Arbitration Clauses, Abuse of Process nets Single and Double Solicitor and Own Client Costs

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has imposed significant punishment on plaintiffs who proceeded with litigation in court rather than limit their claim to an arbitration process, as required by contract. Billington Barristers, acting for the Defendant obtained a dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ action on the first day of trial. Subsequently, the Plaintiffs were ordered to pay Billington Barristers’…


June 2010 - Billington Barristers successfully concludes Shareholder Oppression Action and In Camera Investigation

Billington Barristers was retained by a director and shareholder of a private corporation who was concerned that a fellow director/shareholder was misappropriating funds. A deadlock between the only two directors and shareholders would have crippled the business. Billington Barristers developed a strategy to obtain a court ordered independent forensic accounting of the corporation’s affairs, and to do so on an…


January 2010 – Richard N. Billington, Q.C. addresses The Canadian Bar Association

The Canadian Bar Association heard a presentation by Rick Billington at the January 2010 Alberta Law Conference in Calgary. Entitled “Nothing but the Hole Truth”, Rick Billington discussed his experience in pioneering equitable remedies to augment the statutory power afforded to municipal governments. As a result of the economic downturn of 2008/2009, Alberta municipalities were faced with numerous deep excavations…


December 2009 - Significant decision on remedies for breach of freehold oil and gas lease obtained by Billington Barristers

Justice D. Miller of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has rendered judgment in a significant case clarifying the remedies that are available to the owners of freehold oil and gas rights when operators continue to produce from their land after the lease has expired. Canpar Holdings Ltd. and Petrovera Resources v. Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. considered the…


October 2009 – Billington Barristers, City of Calgary cited in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

The October 2009 edition of Canadian Lawyer Magazine reviews the situation faced by The City of Calgary when it found itself having to deal with a series of very large, abandoned excavations. The article's author writes: Abandoned construction sites are creating safety concerns, threatening the integrity of infrastructure, and sending City of Calgary lawyers scouring through municipal law to find…


September 2009 - Richard N. Billington, Q.C. quoted in Calgary Herald

Rick Billington was quoted in the September 17, 2009 Calgary Herald. He provided comment on when causes of action survive in the case of the death of an individual litigant who was also the shareholder of a corporate litigant.


September 2009 - Richard N. Billington, Q.C. addresses national insolvency conference

Rick Billington addressed the Canadian Institute’s Western Canadian conference “Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice”, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 2009. He was the Moderator and Speaker at the panel “Understanding the Interplay of Real Property Laws with Insolvency Regimes”. He spoke on his court experience in addressing the obligations of landowners who have commenced major excavations, but who have…


February 2009 - Billington Barristers appoints Receiver over abandoned excavation site on behalf of The City of Calgary

Madam Justice A. Kent of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has granted the application of Richard N. Billington, Q.C. to appoint a receiver over land where a major excavation was abandoned, creating a public safety hazard. The site in question, Manchester Station, in south Calgary near Chinook Centre, has been subject to an Order made by the City…


October 2008 – Billington Barristers obtains precedent-setting injunction in federal election

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has awarded a precedent setting injunction to clients of Billington Barristers. The injunction was granted to the Conservative Party of Canada and Devinder Shory Campaign on September 30, 2008. Madam Justice Sheila Martin granted the motion of Richard N. Billington, Q.C. and restrained independent candidate Roger Richard from holding himself out as though…


July 24, 2008 - Billington Barristers causes appointment of Receiver over Executive Marketing & Strategies Ltd.

Acting for individuals who invested in Executive Marketing & Strategies Ltd., Richard N. Billington, Q.C. has obtained the appointment of a Receiver over the affairs of Executive Marketing & Strategies Ltd. The Receiver is charged with the duty of investigating the affairs of the respondent and in recommending a claims process dealing with the allocation of a fund of money…


May 26-27, 2008 - Richard N. Billington, Q.C. to speak at National Fraud Conference

Rick Billington will address the topic of “Protecting your Corporate Identity” at the annual conference of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada in Toronto. The conference theme is “The Many Faces of Fraud”. In a nightmare scenario, a rogue employee steals confidential information that is critical to your company, including sensitive personal information about your customers. He then…


April 2007 - Dealing with Identity Theft Rick Billington interviewed in Forum – Advocis’ magazine for Canadian Financial Advisors.

In the April 2007 issue, he discusses the increasing exposure of businesses and their directors to liability if they fail to take adequate steps to guard confidential documentation or if they fail to take rapid and effective action when it is determined that confidential or proprietary information has been misappropriated. Billington Barristers are particularly experienced in providing representation and advising…


November 2006 - Canadian Business – the Brian Mallard Story

The November 2006 issue of Canadian Business includes an investigative report of the dealings that financial advisor Brian Mallard has gone through, and of Rick Billington’s representation of him. When faced with the secret misappropriation of confidential information from his office, Brian Mallard took action to protect his customer’s interests. He retained Rick Billington who obtained an Anton Piller Order…


October 2006 - Billington addresses Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada

Richard Billington spoke to a meeting of the ACFI in Calgary. His topic, “The Canadian Advantage, Better Courts, Better Business – Extraordinary Remedies in Civil Litigation” focused on the superior protections available in Canada to safeguard intellectual property rights, such as to gather evidence in copyright and patent infringement cases, to trace and seize the proceeds from the illegal exploitation of…


October 2006 - Richard N Billington, Q.C. Appointed Independent Supervising Solicitor by Federal Court

Mr. Justice Harrington of the Federal Court, sitting in Toronto, appointed Richard N. Billington, Q.C. to act on behalf of the Court in executing an Anton Piller Order. The October 18, 2006 Order, granted to Schlumberger Canada Ltd. directed that Billington was to supervise the search for and seizure of evidence that was needed by the Plaintiff in respect to…


October 2006 - Richard N. Billington Q.C. Speaks to Canadian Institute Seminar on Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice

Speaking as part of a panel with Mr. Juval Aviv, president of Interfor, an international asset recovery firm, and Mr. John Williams of KPMG, Rick Billington addressed the Canadian Institute on how proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA) and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) can enhance the ability to recover assets and information from fraudulent wrongdoers. He…


July 26, 2006 - Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta Appoints Richard N. Billington, Q.C. as Independent Supervising Solicitor

Mr. Justice Hawco granted an Anton Piller Order to The City of Calgary to permit a forensic investigative team to conduct a search for evidence of fraud by an employee. This Order permitted the search of the employee’s locker, car, home, and other location where it was believed that evidence would be found to show that he had defrauded his…


December 31, 2005 - Richard N. Billington Appointed Queen’s Counsel

On the last day of Alberta’s centennial year, Justice Minister Ron Stevens announced the appointment of Queen’s Counsel, including Richard Billington of Calgary. Justice Minister Ron Stevens said: This appointment recognizes that these lawyers have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community at large. This longstanding tradition remains a prestigious symbol of respect in the legal community.…