Heather Vaughan

Heather Vaughan
FIRM:
Benson Percival Brown
POSITION:
Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Insurance
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Heather Vaughan, a partner with the Toronto law firm Benson Percival Brown LLP, focuses on insurance litigation.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University in 1996, before earning her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999. Ms. Vaughan was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001.

With a practice that focuses on insurance law and litigation, Ms. Vaughan handles the defence of motor vehicle liability matters ranging from maintaining threshold defence positions to managing catastrophic personal injury claims.

She assists with claims against daycare and long-term-care facilities and private schools, as well as professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, nurses, and psychotherapists.

Ms. Vaughan defends and prosecutes negligence claims by and against builders, suppliers, and installers involved in the construction of residential and commercial projects.

Her administrative law practice includes advocacy before tribunals such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, as well as before coroner’s inquests.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Vaughan acts as tribunal counsel to the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario and is vice-chair of the steering committee to establish the Canadian Defence Lawyers’ National Women’s Caucus.

She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, The Voice of the Defense Bar, and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.

Heather Vaughan Posts

Proposed auto insurance changes a good start: Vaughan

Proposed changes to regulations governing Ontario’s auto insurance are welcome, even though it’s not clear if they will be extensive enough, says insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Illegal activity doesn’t preclude accident benefits

A recent court decision expands the scope of accident benefits coverage, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Insurance defence lawyers struggling to keep costs down: Vaughan

Despite the lack of headline-grabbing landmark decisions in the last year, these are lively times for lawyers who practise insurance defence in personal injury cases, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells Canadian Lawyer . Read more

Ontario consulting on municipalities' worries on 'liability chill'

TORONTO — Ontario is taking a look at municipalities' concerns about a legal rule that they say causes "liability chill'' and leads some to ban activities such as street hockey and tobogganing. Read more

Vaughan: Broker met duty of care, can't be an 'expert in all things'

A recent decision dealing with a commercial building destroyed by fire clarifies the standard of care owed by an insurance broker when providing coverage to a client, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Lawyers should confer to plan for efficient, proportionate discovery

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision is a helpful reminder to lawyers that they should be engaging in effective discovery planning, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Report claims early to professional indemnity insurers

Pharmacists and other regulated professionals should err on the side of caution when reporting claims to their professional indemnity insurers, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Insurance oversight bodies addressing standards, technology

Two oversight bodies for Canada’s insurance regulators are seeking public input on new recommendations which will likely bring some regulations under a common set of national and international standards, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Vicarious liability case a reminder for employers to know risks

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has set the record straight in ruling that employees may be personally liable for their own negligent conduct while carrying out duties in the course of their employment, insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Documentation key in defending winter liability claims

Property companies need to have systems in place to demonstrate they are prepared for winter safety hazards in case a mishap leads to a personal injury claim, Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Liability insurance a must for parents following schoolyard injuries

Parents should make sure their home insurance is up to date in case playground roughhousing makes their children the target of a lawsuit, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan . Read more

Car dealerships' duty of care up in the air

Car dealerships should step up their safety precautions while courts continue to consider their duty of care to other road users, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan . Read more

Good records key to liability defence

A recent decision shows the value of good record-keeping for businesses that use professional cleaners, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Party hosts not liable for guest's fall

A recent decision shows homeowners shouldn’t be treated like insurance companies when a person injures themselves on their property, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan. Read more

Mental injury claims likely to rise after SCC ruling

Insurers will face practical challenges defending mental injury claims after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled a medical diagnosis was not needed for damages, says Toronto insurance defence lawyer Heather Vaughan . Read more