M. Kathleen Kinch - Senior Lawyer/Partner
She also served as co-counsel in the first modern prosecution of polygamy in Canada, and as a deputy independent supervising solicitor in a court-ordered investigation. She was on the litigation team in DESWUAV v. Canada (B.C.S.C., B.C.C.A. and S.C.C., now the leading decision on public interest standing in Canada) and in DESWUAV’s successful intervention in Canada v. Bedford (Ont. C.A. and Supreme Court of Canada).
Ms. Kinch has since returned to her hometown of Warkworth, Ontario and has established a litigation practice based in Campbellford, where she attended high school.
In her Campbellford practice, Ms. Kinch has represented clients in a variety of litigation matters and out-of-court resolutions:
- Acting for business owners in commercial litigation in Superior Court, including on complex matters involving injunctive relief, equitable relief and disputes over commercial agreements;
- Representing local municipalities and individuals in other municipalities at the Ontario Municipal Board, before the Mining and Lands Commissioner, and in court;
- Negotiating numerous family law resolutions and settlements, prior to court, in the early phases of a court application, and on the brink of trial;
- Acting for estate trustees dealing with uncertain or lost wills, beneficiary issues, active court cases and passing accounts;
- Advising employers and employees on workplace issues, and representing clients when those issues develop to employment law court cases or human rights complaints;
- Serving as counsel on multiple files concerning trailer parks and recreational properties, including stakeholder disputes, customer contract issues, sale agreements, governance issues, legal non-conforming use, and environmental and zoning matters.
Ms. Kinch particularly enjoys files that require investigation into the history of a piece of land, a group of people or a long-standing local business or farm.