Spencer Bass

Practice Areas

Spencer joined Stockwoods as an associate in 2019. Since that time, Spencer has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Federal Court of Appeal. He represents clients on a broad range of matters including corporate litigation, criminal defence, administrative law, and constitutional law.

Spencer 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 encompasses all of the firm’s practice areas. Examples of his past representative work include:

Restoule v. Canada (Attorney General), 2021 ONCA 779 – Spencer represented a First Nation community in intervening before the Ontario Court of Appeal in order to successfully uphold the interpretation of historical treaty rights that impacted thousands of Indigenous people in Northern Ontario. Spencer’s submissions to the Court also defended the ability of First Nations to obtain redress from the courts for historical breaches of treaty rights by the Crown.

 

Ontario (Attorney General) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2022 ONCA 74 – Spencer appeared as counsel to the requester in successfully resisting this application for judicial review and appeal from the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s decision to order the publicly 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

Publications

Co-Author, “A Tale of Two Tests; The Test for Materiality Under S. 138.3 of the Ontario Securities Act” (2022), 53 Adv. Q. 32 (with Carlo di Carlo).

Associations

The Advocates’ Society

Ontario Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

Criminal Lawyers’ Association

Toronto Lawyers’ Association

 

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