Margaret Waddell

Margaret Waddell
Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation
ADR, Appellate, Class Action, Commercial Litigation

Margaret Waddell, partner with Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation in Toronto, focuses on plaintiff-side class actions, commercial litigation and mediation.

After graduating with her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1987, Ms. Waddell earned a Master of Laws in civil litigation and dispute resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and the Bar of Alberta in 1991.

Focusing on class actions for more than 25 years, Ms. Waddell’s advocacy background encompasses a range of commercial, securities and shareholder litigation, insurance disputes and professional liability cases. She is regularly sought out to lead on class actions, or to partner with other firms.

In addition, her practice includes independent mediation services.

An executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s class-action subsection, Ms. Waddell is their delegate on the Law Commission of Ontario's advisory committee on class-action reform.

She is an executive and head of the advocacy committee of the Toronto Lawyers Association and is a former director of The Advocates' Society as chair of the subcommittee on advocacy and practice.

Margaret Waddell Posts

Class-actions can be effective in workplace harassment cases

More class-action lawsuits relating to workplace harassment could be in the making, especially if the Supreme Court of Canada (SSC) decides to recognize harassment as a stand-alone tort, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Class-action lawsuit makes 'important' social point: Waddell

A class-action lawsuit against a social media giant claiming age and gender discrimination in employment and housing applications by its advertisers is “forging new ground,” says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Let’s practise ‘belonging’ and stop talking about ‘inclusion’

It’s time for the legal profession to stop focusing on “inclusion” and instead focus on “belonging,” says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Costs awards could force mega class actions out of Ontario

Ontario’s loser-pays costs regime could endanger the province’s place as the jurisdiction of choice for high-value class actions, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Waddell Phillips announces filing of P.E.I. lawsuit

TORONTO — Kingman Phillips of the law firm, Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation , announced the filing of legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island against the Government of Prince Edward Island, Robert Ghiz, Allan Campbell, and Michael Mayne. Read more

Addressing legal aid cuts, new courthouse top TLA priorities: Waddell

As in 1885, when it was founded, a proposed courthouse is again a priority for the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA), new TLA president Margaret Waddell says. Read more

Legislative action needed on arbitration clauses: Waddell

Ontario’s legislature must act after the Supreme Court of Canada barred businesses from joining a consumer class action over alleged cellphone overbilling, Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell tells Read more

Mentoring young and prospective class-action litigators

Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell will help introduce law students and young lawyers to the complex and evolving area of litigation, which has been her focus for more than 20 years. Read more

Class members cash in on strength of creative counsel

A $100-million class-action settlement shows the value of creative counsel, Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell tells Read more

Canadian companies shouldn't read too much into Bangladesh ruling

Canadian companies with connections to foreign disasters could still find themselves on the hook for damages, even after the Court of Appeal recently dismissed a claim against a major retailer involving a building collapse in Bangladesh, says Toronto class action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Representative plaintiffs key players in class-action lawsuits

Representative plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits play a vital role as the name and face of a very public proceeding, says Toronto class action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Connecting losses to alleged negligence key in class action: Waddell

A judge’s decision to deny certification of a pharmaceutical class-action lawsuit demonstrates how important it is for plaintiffs to connect losses to alleged negligence, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Decision: better compensation for public health insurers in class actions

A recent Saskatchewan court decision is significantly improving the way public health insurers are compensated in class-action lawsuits, says Toronto class-action lawyer Margaret Waddell. Read more

Toronto Lawyers Association welcomes more input with new AG

A meeting with Ontario’s new Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, early in her term has leaders of the Toronto Lawyers Association confident the new government will listen to concerns of the legal profession more than the previous administration did, says TLA vice-president Margaret Waddell. Read more

How the Soulpepper case changed cultural institutions without going to trial

TORONTO — They may not have had their day in court, but the actresses who sued the Soulpepper Theatre Company and one of its co-founders over sexual harassment allegations succeeded in changing the company's culture, legal experts say, showing the power of civil actions as a tool in the #MeToo movement. Read more