66 Wellington St W, Suite 4100, Toronto-Dominion Ctr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1991 (ON)
Clare Burns is an experienced litigator who acts in complex and highly sensitive matters. Her practice focuses on trusts, estates, and capacity litigation. She has acted for estate trustees on passings of accounts seeking approval of commercial transactions involving assets with a value in excess of $1 billion. Clare also mediates and arbitrates matters of these kinds. Clare served as the Children’s Lawyer for the Province of Ontario from 2003 to 2008 pursuant to an Order-in-Council appointment where she supervised more than 11,000 cases including variations of trust, will challenges, passings of accounts, guardianships, and all kinds of dependent's relief matters. Clare is actively engaged in the profession and broader community. She has been a Director of The Advocates' Society and Vice President of the National Association of Public Trustees and Guardians. Clare has taught estates, children’s law and trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School and Western University Law School, has spoken widely in a variety of venues, and has published many professional papers. Since 2018, she has been repeatedly recognized in Chambers HNW: The World’s Leading High Net Worth Advisors as a leading lawyer in the Private Wealth Disputes – Canada category.