Even with the Canadian Bar Association dropping its planned intervention in the Chevron Corp. matter at the Supreme Court of Canada, the question around the appropriateness of its initial plan remains divisive with some lawyers celebrating the last-minute withdrawal while others say it would have been helpful if it had continued with the case.
“This is the result we hoped for,” says David McRobert, one of the 120 lawyers across Canada who signed an open letter that urged the CBA to drop its intervention.
“The whole intervention had a bad smell about it.”
But for civil litigation lawyer James Morton, news of the withdrawal is “unfortunate.”
“To my thinking, this is one of the most important jurisdictional decisions in my career. It will have a significant impact, depending on the result, on the practice of law and business generally,...