Thor Hansell


Winnipeg / Services provided by T J Hansell Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1989)
  • LLB (Manitoba, 1988)
  • B.Comm. with honours (Manitoba, 1984)

Thor practises civil/commercial litigation. He is recognized as a strong advocate with a direct and practical approach to complex disputes. Thor has appeared before all courts in Manitoba, the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada and a wide variety of administrative tribunals.

  • Member, The Law Society of Manitoba
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates Society of Manitoba
  • Lawyer of the Year, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers (Winnipeg, 2022)
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada as a Leading Canadian lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial in Manitoba (2021)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation (since 2009), Professional Malpractice Law (since 2021), Director and Officer Liability Practice, Construction Law (2022)
  • A leading practitioner, Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers (2014)
  • Highly recommended by Benchmark Canada
  • “Litigation Star” Benchmark Canada, General Commercial, Professional Liability, Securities
  • Listed as Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell

Notable Cases

  • Hercules Managements Ltd. v. Ernst & Young [1997] 2 SCR 165 – scope of an auditor’s duty of care
  • Gerelus v. Lim et al, [2008] 9WWR 585 (Man. CA) – medical malpractice defence, catastrophic injuries at birth, informed consent
  • 2015 Construction Arbitration – acted for owner in defence of $100 million plus claims arising from a large road infrastructure project
  • McGillvray Restaurant Ltd. v. Canada [2017] 1 FCR 209 (FCA) – Income Tax Act, de facto control of a corporation
  • Northern Regional Health Authority v. Manitoba Human Rights Commission, 2017 MBCA – jurisdictional issues, human rights/labour arbitration