Bill Northcote

Bill Northcote
Shibley Righton LLP
Construction, Corporate, Estates & Wills & Trusts, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment

Bill Northcote, a partner with the firm Shibley Righton LLP in Toronto, focuses on business law.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from the University of Toronto in 1977, before graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1980.

Mr. Northcote went on to earn his Master of Laws in international business from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982.

Practising for more than 30 years, Mr. Northcote is the chair of Shibley Righton’s business law practice group. He handles mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and financing.

Mr. Northcote is a member of the board for various client companies, both public and private, that carry on diverse types of business including life reinsurance consulting, trade and direct investment consulting in East Asia, postage meter and equipment distribution, software development and licensing, marketing and distribution of consumer products.

While in law school, Mr. Northcote served as a member of the board of editors of the Ottawa Law Review. He has published articles on such legal topics as the free trade agreement, international commercial arbitration, and equipment leasing.

In addition, he has lectured at York University and at Nankai University in China on business law topics and was an instructor in the Law Society of Ontario’s Bar Admission Course for more than 10 years.

Mr. Northcote is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Bill Northcote In The News
Court says no more monkey business

An American court has ruled there can't be any monkey business involved in the country's copyright laws, says Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote . Read more

Trademarking ‘Taco Tuesday’ a tough task

A large chain of taco restaurants will have a tough time trying to keep others from using “Taco Tuesday,” Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote tells Metro News . Read more

FCA ‘got it right’ in luggage trademark infringement case

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) “got it right” in resolving the issue of trademark confusion in a case involving a Canadian luggage company and a Swiss firm, Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote tells  The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Copyright decision spells out 'fair dealing' for Canadian universities

A Federal Court decision that backs a copyright collective in its battle to collect royalties from an Ontario university cannot be ignored by Canadian post-secondary institutions, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer  Bill Northcote . Read more

Under all the monkey business are serious legal issues

The fight over the ownership of a monkey selfie could soon be resolved as the parties pursue an out-of-court settlement, says Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote . Read more

Split-fee agreements common when lawyers leave firm

It is not unusual for law firms to negotiate split-fee agreements that account for lawyers moving on after they have worked on contingency fee matters, Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote  tells Law Times . Read more

Respect key to success of co-counsel arrangement

In certain matters, clients may benefit from a co-counsel setting where lawyers tackle different aspects of the case — but the success of these arrangements depends on mutual respect and compromise, Toronto lawyers  Armand Conant , Bill Northcote and Joel Berkovitz tell Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Clear mandates for executives key task for incoming CEO

As it can be daunting to take on the role of repairing a dysfunctional executive team, a new CEO should start by ensuring that those in the C-suite have clear roles and responsibilities, Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote  tells  Succession Planning ,  a special supplement published by  The Bottom Line  and  Lawyers Weekly.   Read more

Large law firms, networks competing on global stage

As law firms grow to   meet client needs, they often consider joining a firm network or expanding internationally, but Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote  poses an interesting question   in  Lawyers Weekly : are networks and global firms competitors, or do they serve separate markets and clientele? Read more

School's performance of Hamilton infringement under Copyright Act

The Scarborough high school students and teachers whose performance of numbers from the hit musical Hamilton were pulled from YouTube should wait until the show is licensed for amateurs, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Bill Northcote tells Metro News . Read more

Formal agreements help avoid family business friction

For those building a successful business, it can be hard to also maintain good family relationships — the key is to draw a distinct line between the two, Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote tells Succession Planning ,  a special supplement published by  The Bottom Line  and  Lawyers Weekly.   Read more

Canadians no longer allowed to apply to be on Jeopardy!

News that Canadian residents will no longer be able to apply to appear on Jeopardy! due to international privacy law concerns is likely just a way for the popular TV quiz show to avoid the burden of investigating and complying with Canadian law, Toronto business and entertainment lawyer Bill Northcote tells Read more

Breach of copyright over paywall raises tech neutrality questions

A recent decision that ruled a reader had violated new provisions of the Copyright Act when he bypassed a publication’s paywall to access an article raises questions about technological neutrality, as similar facts in the analog world would yield a different result, Toronto business lawyer  Bill Northcote tells Law Times . Read more

Court clears way for trial in copyright suit over dancing baby video

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Monday  cleared the way for a trial in a copyright lawsuit over a YouTube video showing a baby dancing to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy.'' Read more

Tiered exit from practice means compensation, client autonomy

Transitioning out of professional practice through a two-step arrangement can help ensure a level of continuity, but there is no guarantee clients will want to move over to the incoming firm, says Toronto business lawyer Bill Northcote . Read more

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