Spencer Bass

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Spencer joined Stockwoods as an associate in 2019. He was called to the bar in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Spencer served as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Suzanne Côté at the Supreme Court of Canada. He also completed a clerkship with Justices Groberman and Willcock at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 2017-2018. Before clerking, Spencer worked as a summer student at a major national full-service firm, gaining experience in a broad range of corporate litigation.

Spencer holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he graduated as the gold medalist of his year, having achieved the highest standing in his graduating year, while also receiving a number of other awards for his academic achievement. During his time at law school, Spencer completed a certificate in Transnational Law at the Université de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland, attaining the second highest standing in the program. He also holds a B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University.

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Representative Work

Spencer’s practice includes all of the firm’s practice areas. As a law clerk, he assisted on difficult cases across all areas of law, and he draws on this experience to serve clients and builds his litigation practice.

AG Ontario v. Information and Privacy Commissioner2020 ONSC 5085 – Spencer appeared as counsel to the requester in successfully resisting this application for judicial review from the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s decision to order the release of the provincial government’s mandate letters.

R. v. July, 2020 ONCA 492 – Spencer appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal and argued in favour of a heightened constitutional minimum standard for the police to obtain a search warrant to seize the text messages of a suspect.

Mathur v. Ontario, 2020 ONSC 6918,  – Spencer is representing a group of youth in launching a constitutional challenge against Ontario for the province’s failure to take action on climate change. The Application alleges that Ontario’s repeal of the Climate Change Act and failure to implement meaningful carbon emissions targets amount to a violation of Ontarians’ rights under sections 7 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Spencer assisted in successfully resisted Ontario’s motion to strike the Application, in the first decision of its kind in Canada.

Law Society of Ontario v. Harry Kopyto, 2020 ONSC 35 – Spencer successfully represented the Law Society of Ontario in obtaining a permanent injunction to prohibit a former licensee from engaging in the unauthorized provision of legal services.

Corporate/commercial litigation – Spencer has assisted clients with resolving a large range of corporate and commercial matters including shareholder disputes, class actions, negligence claims, and contractual disputes.

Criminal Defence and Appeals – Spencer has assisted clients in resolving their criminal matters, ranging from charges for impaired driving to appeals of manslaughter convictions.

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Additional Info

Associations

The Advocates’ Society

Ontario Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

Criminal Lawyers’ Association

Toronto Lawyers’ Association

 

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