Christopher J. Hunt

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER

Christopher J. Hunt practices civil litigation with a focus on construction and commercial disputes. He has also counselled clients on issues relating to employment, real estate, and personal and professional negligence. Chris has experience in every phase of litigation, including trial experience in the Superior Court of Justice and before various regulatory boards.

Chris earned a BA in International Development from Huron University College at Western University in 2009 and graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 2012.  He was a summer and articling student with the firm, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.

Representative Work

  • Represented an architectural consultant immersed in a complex and delayed commercial construction project and engaged in a substantial dispute with the project managers. The project was retendered and the consultant was threatened with termination. Moreover, the consultant was incurring significant additional costs due to the project’s work conditions. With our assistance, the consultant negotiated an arrangement with the project managers avoiding termination and facilitated in the completion of the project. In the pursuit of the additional costs that followed, Chris represented the consultant at trial and successfully argued that the consultant was entitled to the total value of its claim, as well as a costs award.
  • Represented a homeowner in a dispute with a contractor arising from work carried out at a residential property. Brought and successfully argued a motion for summary judgement against the contractor.
  • Assisted senior counsel in connection with an arbitration of a commercial construction dispute involving two municipalities, a general contractor and a consultant on a project which was significantly delayed and had to be retendered. Obtained a successful resolution for the client on the eve of arbitration.

Professional Affiliations

  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ottawa Young Construction Leaders

Speaking/Writing/Teaching

  • “Ten years after Bill C-45: expanding the conduct that attracts criminal sanctions” Construction Comment, Ottawa Construction Association, April 2014.

Community Involvement

  • Member of the organizing committee, Royal Ottawa Charity Classic golf tournament in support of Free the Children and We Day.

When he’s not in the office

In 2014, Chris qualified for the Canadian team that took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Cup, a golf tournament that supports numerous worthy youth causes internationally. The tournament was held in Windsor, UK. Chris’ team came a distant second to the victors from Ireland, a fact repeatedly emphasized by the Irish side of his family.

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