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Anthony Bak

Phone: 905.452.6875
Fax: 905.451.5058
aebak@lawrences.com

Tony acts as counsel to the firm and restricts his practice to litigation and administrative law matters. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory offences, the regulation of various licensed professionals, creditor collection issues, and general civil litigation matters. He also has a large practice on issues involved in the regulation and day-to-day business activity within the automotive industry.

Tony has appeared before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals in Ontario, including numerous successful attendances before the Ontario Court of Appeal, where he has successful represented both Appellants and Respondents in civil litigation, criminal law, and administrative law. In particular, he has represented hundreds of licensed dealerships and sales persons under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act with respect to licence revocation applications issued by the Registrar, Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC). The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of our client on one case where Tony successfully opposed a leave to appeal application.

He has represented many automotive dealerships in connection with recovery and repossession of their vehicles and obtaining injunctory relief prohibiting the removal of their property by others.

Tony acts for an internationally known automobile manufacturer, a chartered Canadian bank, and various large automotive leasing companies and manufacturing businesses.

 

Representative Work

  • Recently concluded a trial under the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act where our client was acquitted of all three charges laid by the Ministry of Labour in a case of significant injury to a worker.
  • Counsel in the case of Amerato v. Ontario (Motor Vehicle Dealers Act Registrar) (2005) 257 D.L.R. (4th) 146 (Ont. C. A.), representing a car dealer whose business licence was about to be revoked by the Registrar without a hearing. The Ontario Court of Appeal prohibited the Registrar from revoking the licence without affording a hearing before the License Appeal Tribunal. This frequently cited case is one of the most important in its field and has been reported in various provincial and national law reporting services.
  • Obtained injunctive relief and mandatory orders preventing owners of a shipping vessel from shipping clients’ cars to central Europe without having paid for them. The loss to our client would have exceeded $200,000 with little if any hope of ultimate recovery from the parties involved.
  • Successfully resisted an injunction application brought by our client’s competitor and designed to preclude the use of a customer list that the client had compiled. Had the opposing party been successful, the injunction would have effectively shut down our client’s business operation after 20 years in the industry.
  • Successfully represented multiple clients charged in various motor vehicle fatality cases. In one case, his cross-examination of an accident reconstruction expert resulted in the judge concluding that our client was blameless and could not have avoided the accident.

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Peel Law Association

Involvement

  • Participant and Fundraiser, Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013-2014
  • Fundraiser with Heart and Stroke Foundation 1994-1995
  • Former assistant coach with Bramalea Blues Junior A Hockey Club 1990-1991

Speaking/Teaching Engagements

Tony has addressed members of the Licence Appeal Tribunal on legal and procedural issues before that body as well as leading cases in the administrative law field and is a member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal Consultative a to committee.

Tony has acted as a volunteer judge in various moot programs from high school up to and including moots conducted by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. In addition, he is a former instructor at Sheridan College, teaching a course in connection with business law.

Publications

  • “Injuries in the Workplace: When Does Liability Begin—and End?” The Lawrences Letter, Winter 2012.
  • “For Lack of Evidence”. The Lawrences Letter, Spring 2012.
  • “Changes to Ontario Driving Legislation: Is Your Business Threatened?” The Lawrences Letter, Summer 2009,
  • “Workplace Health and Safety: A Pound of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” with Roslyn Baichoo, The Lawrences Letter, Spring 2008,
  • “Pleading Guilty to a Minor Offense? Get Legal Advice First”. The Lawrences Letter, Summer 2007.
Dec 01, 2012 | Article

Injuries in the Workplace: When Does Liability Begin – and End?

A recent Ontario court decision about liability for accidental death on premises makes it clear how different the outcome can be for different parties in a case—and how important it is to anticipate and prevent potential legal problems before they arise, if possible.

Apr 01, 2012 | Article

For Lack of Evidence

In the course of business, disputes arise. If those disputes should end up in court, the case will be decided on the strength of the evidence presented. Sadly, many businesses do not record the early stages of a dispute, so there is little to prove who did what, when, and to whom.

Jul 01, 2009 | Article

Changes to Ontario Driving Legislation: Is Your Business Threatened?

Transportation is the lifeblood of many businesses. Let’s say that “ABC Delivery Service” prides itself on meeting its customers’ needs. One Friday afternoon, one of its customers, a pharmacy in a small southern Ontario town, needs an urgent delivery.

Apr 01, 2008 | Article

Workplace Health and Safety: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Workplace accidents are costly, not only to the injured party and to productivity, but also to the employer’s liability, since failure to provide a safe workplace can
now be a criminal offence.

Apr 01, 2007 | Article

Pleading Guilty to a Minor Offence? Get Legal Advice First

You have recently been charged with a provincial offence, such as careless driving, and have been summoned to appear in court. A few minutes before court begins, you approach the prosecutor and identify yourself. He looks at the ticket and says, “Don't worry, it’s not a criminal offence; we'll agree to a $200 fine on a guilty plea to an improper lane change, which is fewer demerit points. You'll be out of here in five minutes”. That’s a relief, right? Maybe not.

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