National Chair - Trust, Estate and Family Litigation Focus Group
Borden Ladner Gervais
Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 2018:
What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?
BLG was retained on behalf of a Trust relating to an alleged fraudulent transfer of funds by institutional trustees operating in Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The funds had been transferred to Canada ostensibly for an investment transaction being undertaken by an unrelated Trust. We are providing advice and input, along with the family’s lawyers in other jurisdictions, on approaches and proceedings. The issues are novel and the parties are scattered across a number of countries. The nature and extent of professionalism, expertise and collegiality brought to bear as regards the development of strategy and decision-making has been very satisfying.
What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?
In knowing your own capabilities and experience, do not be reluctant to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and build on those by pursuing a new cause of action or tackling a different sort of issue.
What is your favourite quote?
“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change,” Miles Davis.
Daniel Dochylo is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais' Toronto office, member of Family Wealth Counsel and Chair of the Estate, Trust and Family Litigation Focus Group of Commercial Litigation. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust and designated an ACIArb after completing the STEP Advanced Certificate in Mediation in London. He has argued leading cases on trust rectification, trustee removal and dependant’s relief. His practice includes representing clients in contentious, multi-jurisdictional administrations and representing financial institutions in disputes relating to aging investors. Chambers Canada in High Net Worth ranks him in Private Wealth Disputes as a leading lawyer in Band 1. He is described by sources as an: “estate litigator who is top notch”; and, “excellent lawyer and very strong mediator”. Said a peer “we have great respect for his ability to find practical solutions”. Daniel is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in trusts and estates. He is a member of the STEP: Disciplinary Panel; and, Canada Governance Committee.