Peter Dillon

Peter Dillon
Siskinds LLP
Franchise, Cybersecurity

Partner with Siskinds LLP in London, Ont. and licensed in both Canada and the United States, Peter Dillon works extensively with start-ups and established national and international businesses. Mr. Dillon heads the firm’s technology, franchise and privacy law groups.

His practice includes working with businesses on cybersecurity matters, as well as the manufacture and distribution of goods and services via franchising, licensing, distribution and multilevel marketing law.

Mr. Dillon earned his law degree from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1988, he is also licensed to practice in the United States. While he works extensively with start-up businesses, he also represents several multi-nationals.

Mr. Dillon served as the sole Canadian member of the Franchise Advisory Board of the North American Securities Administrators Association, and as Canadian governmental expert to the International Organization for the Unification of Private International Law (UNIDRIOT) in Rome in connection with the development by UNIDRIOT of a model international franchise law.

Peter Dillon Posts

Advocate role includes reigning in overzealousness on the bench

A rare Court of Appeal ruling that found a lower court judge had shown a reasonable apprehension of bias is a warning to lawyers to be on guard when things seem to be going too well, franchise lawyer Peter Dillon tells Law Times . Read more

Dillon to discuss caselaw, legislation at franchise law program

Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon will present a roundup of legislation and 2015 caselaw at the upcoming ‘Practitioner Sessions on Franchise Law’ program, hosted by The Commons Institute. Read more

Disclosure requirements bring challenges for franchisors

The greatest disadvantages facing franchisors in Canada include the costs, complexities and risks associated with franchise disclosure, including possible personal liability for the signatories of the franchise disclosure document, franchise lawyer Peter Dillon tells Corporate LiveWire’s Franchise Law 2015 Virtual Round Table. Read more

Dillon recognized by Lexpert as leading franchise lawyer

London lawyer Peter Dillon has been recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the most consistently recommended practitioners in the area of franchise ... Read more

New study of franchise territories – it's not law, but still interesting

By Peter Dillon . A recent study conducted by of the scope and extent of territorial protection granted by U.S. franchisors is of interest to anyone practising in this area, whether for franchisors or franchisees. Read more

Food labelling coming to a (franchised) restaurant near you

By Peter Dillon. Here is a recent legislative development of interest that will impact the franchise community, at least in Ontario: the Making Healthier Choices Act , 2015, which received Royal assent on May 28, 2015. Note that the act comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017. Read more

Dillon to provide franchise law update at Law Society event

Toronto franchise lawyer Peter Dillon will share an update on the latest issues in franchise law at the upcoming Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2015 event, hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Read more

OCA decision clarifies franchisor disclosure obligations

By Peter Dillon . After getting off to a shaky start, the Ontario Court of Appeal seems to be finding its feet in the interpretation of franchisors’ disclosure obligations as mandated by the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) 2000, S.O. 2000 c. 3, and its General Regulation. Read more

Technical non-compliance risky for Ontario franchisors

Toronto franchise lawyer Peter Dillon says courts have taken a highly technical approach to interpreting disclosure requirements, which has resulted in more franchisees being able to get out of deals. Read more

Balance needed in franchise laws, judicial process

As judges have taken a technical and pro-franchisee approach to the interpretation of Canada’s franchise legislation, mo... Read more

Distinction clear between pyramid scheme, marketing system

A billionaire investor’s argument that a publicly-listed nutrition company is, in fact, a... Read more