Jeffrey C. Silver

Jeffrey C. Silver
Jeffrey C. Silver Barrister
Sole Practitioner
Commercial Litigation, Construction

Jeffrey Silver, a sole practitioner operating Jeffrey C. Silver Barrister in Toronto, focuses on commercial litigation and construction law.

He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, history and psychology in 1983, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986. Mr. Silver was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988.

He has spent more than 30 years focusing on commercial litigation such as contract formation and construction lien law and his clients include architects, accountants, manufacturers, and small business owners.

In the area of construction law, Mr. Silver has represented custom home and condominium builders, general contractors, trades, sub-trades, and suppliers for such matters as claims for deficiencies, delays, or extras, and professional negligence.

In addition, Mr. Silver is involved in developing seminars on legal ethics and professionalism that are accredited by the Law Society of Ontario.

He has been a director for a large not-for-profit institution, has served on the executive committee of the Ontario Bar Association, and is a member of The Advocates’ Society.

Jeffrey C. Silver In The News
Self-reps part 2: how to keep costs down

In the final instalment of a two-part series on self-represented litigants,  Toronto senior litigation lawyer  Jeffrey Silver discusses practical tips for ... Read more

Lawyers, judges owe duties to self-reps

In part one of a two-part series on self-represented litigants,  Toronto senior litigation lawyer  Jeffrey Silver looks at what's expected of judges and lawyers . ... Read more

Get it in writing to reduce the risk of litigation

Written contracts can help avoid litigation in trades where verbal agreements are common, Toronto senior litigation lawyer  Jeffrey Silver tells . ... Read more

Extra default judgment steps exacerbating justice system problems

Judges are adding to the cost and delay of an already overburdened court system by requiring plaintiffs to serve motion records on defendants before judgment, even after ... Read more

Courts steer clear of religious matters

A Supreme Court of Canada decision shows that courts are reluctant to get involved in religious matters, says Toronto senior litigation lawyer  Jeffrey Silver .  In ... Read more

Grow-op case highlights dangers of loose contract drafting

An Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision in favour of a seller whose house was once used as a marijuana grow-op is a cautionary tale about the dangers of a loosely drafted ... Read more

Exploring a lawyer’s ethical obligations

Solicitor-client confidentiality is so important that it is rare for that trust to be broken and it is rightly protected by the courts, says Toronto senior litigation lawyer  ... Read more

Use caution when applying remedy of distress

Remedies are available for landlords pursuing rental arrears from commercial tenants, but they must be applied correctly or the consequences can be costly, Toronto litigator ... Read more

Case strategy should involve cost-benefit analysis

Lawyers should conduct cost-benefit analyses with clients during litigation after two firms that were trying to recover fees from unsatisfied customers received unfavourable ... Read more

Nova Scotia to increase fines, step up enforcement around skilled trades

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is increasing fines and stepping up enforcement measures around the skilled trades in order to ensure a more level playing field in the ... Read more

Sexual misconduct: pros and cons of civil court actions

The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct and the media attention it’s received could encourage more victims to launch lawsuits to seek justice, but it’s important ... Read more

Text messages a ‘discreet form of correspondence:’ SCC

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the privacy of text messages is significant for criminal law, but it’s not expected to have the same impact in a civil context, ... Read more

Substance trumps style in crafting winning arguments: Silver

His first time in court, accompanying a senior colleague who was bringing a motion, Toronto commercial litigator Jeffrey Silver  says he got a great lesson in the quality of ... Read more

Adjudication process will expedite payments in construction sector

The introduction of an interim adjudication process to resolve payment disputes more efficiently is a welcome update to Ontario’s construction laws, Toronto commercial ... Read more

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