Junaid is an associate in Lawrences’ Litigation Group. Junaid's practice is focused on civil litigation, including corporate/commercial, employment, labour, and human rights disputes. He advises and represents management as well as employees before various levels of court and administrative tribunals. He also represents clients with contractual, estates and real property disputes.
Junaid acts for clients at all stages of conflict, from the pre-litigation stage through to settlement, and if necessary, at the ultimate hearing. He is frequently called upon to engage in complex negotiations involving multiple stakeholders at mediation. However, where negotiations and settlement are not viable, Junaid is prepared to zealously advocate for judicial intervention.
A smaller segment, but nevertheless an important aspect of Junaid's practice is his legal advisory services. He often opines on best practices, reviews and drafts employment agreements, and assists both management and employees when the employment relationship comes to an end.
Before joining Lawrences, Junaid worked for a prominent international law firm in downtown Toronto. He is an avid writer and has co-authored legal papers published by the Toronto Lawyers Association.
426505 Ontario Inc. v. Jovian Capital Corporation, 2019 ONSC 3799: Junaid was second chair on a month-long trial. Junaid assisted senior counsel in demonstrating that the Defendants breached their contractual obligations owed to the Plaintiff, leading to an award for damages.
Gill et al. v. Brar et al. 2019 ONSC (Unreported): The Applicants brought an injunction to stop a religious centre's annual general and special meeting from taking place. Representing the religious centre, Junaid successfully defended this urgent motion on short notice. The annual and special meeting occurred as scheduled. Furthermore, Junaid recovered a substantial portion of his client's costs from the Applicants.
Graves v. Correactology Health Care Group Inc., 2018 ONSC 4263: The Defendants brought a motion to stay proceedings commenced by the Plaintiffs in favour of arbitration. The Defendants relied upon arbitration provisions in the agreements executed between the parties. Junaid was instrumental in drafting written submissions for the Plaintiffs. Ultimately, the Court dismissed the Defendants’ motion, despite the Court’s often deferential approach towards arbitration provisions.