Samis+Reeves is a leading litigation firm serving Canada’s property and casualty insurers, institutions that self-insure property and casualty risks and private clients in a broad range of litigation and transactional matters such as real estate, family, estate and corporate issues.
Our firm defends all manner of property, casualty and bodily injury claims. Our lawyers have experience in all aspects of motor vehicle bodily injury litigation in Ontario. We have a thorough understanding of the threshold for pain and suffering damages in Ontario, the large body of law interpreting the threshold over the last twenty years and the interplay between first- and third-party compensation systems. We work with recognized science and medical experts to obtain opinion evidence where necessary and provide strategic counsel to help our clients manage risk.
We also specialize in inter-insurer disputes in matters of priority and loss transfer under the Insurance Act. Our deep practice in this area has been responsible for recovering millions of dollars in loss transfer and priority arbitrations, helping our insurance clients’ bottom line. It isn’t just recovery of money. It’s recovery of your money.
Subrogation requires a distinct and different skill set from the defence of liability, coverage or property claims. Over the years we have honed those skills to ensure that our clients are always aware and alive to the cost-benefit analysis of any recovery action. Our firm has a strong track record in advancing subrogated claims on behalf of its clients, bringing a practical and common-sense approach to subrogation.
We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our institutional clients in cases involving environmental contamination, construction defects and failures, and both residential and commercial property losses. We are in touch with leading experts in the physical sciences to assist our clients maximize their recovery.
We have experience in a variety of alternative billing arrangements that ensure an alignment of interests with our clients. Subrogation isn’t something we “do” – it’s something we get done.
First Party Claims
We act for insurers in first-party claims advanced by their insureds when disputes arise in the course of adjusting a loss, whether it is a first party SABS claim, or an issue of coverage or valuation. We understand that claims advanced by insureds can present reputational risks for insurers as well as exposures to extra-contractual damages. We keep this issue at the forefront in handling claims of this nature.
Samis+Reeves have been at the forefront of handling accident benefits claims since the inception of no fault insurance in 1990. We have argued case at all levels of the courts and administrative tribunals and have provided ongoing training to both our client group and the industry at large. We have pioneered a lean litigation claims handling and reporting model aimed at obtaining results in a cost efficient manner.