Alastair Paterson was a partner in the leading aviation law firm of Beaumont and Sons in London, England.  In 1953, he journeyed to Canada with his wife and daughter to begin a new life.  Others joined Alastair in the practice of law and together they formed an exciting new firm.  In 1977 the firm became known as Paterson, MacDougall.

Though the firm had its origins in the aviation and insurance markets of London,  it  expanded into other specialized areas of practice such as municipal liability, reinsurance, financial services, professional liability, product liability, cargo transportation and logistics, media, defamation and privacy, and wills and estates. The focus of the firm has continued to be on the development of excellence, experience and expertise in law and the delivery of effective specialized legal services to clients.

Paterson MacDougall’s people speak at conferences, provide conferences for our clients and author legal texts. Murray Davison co-authored The Law of Municipal Liability in Canada, Peter Jones authored the FIATA Legal Handbook on Forwarding and Tim Trembley authored the  Halsbury’s Laws of Canada title on Aviation and Space Law.

Our senior people, Bruce MacDougall, Murray Davison and Peter Jones are known leaders in their respective fields of aviation, municipal and cargo transportation law. Our practice teams value the opportunities to work with leading corporations and institutions and to provide advice and guidance on how to resolve their legal problems.

The Firm

Paterson MacDougall LLP is a leading Canadian law firm advising clients on legal liability arising from particular commercial and governmental activities.

Our team of lawyers has the experience and skills to provide valuable services to clients. Our strengths are analysis of issues and effective communication of practical solutions. We provide effective results.

We believe that our clients are our partners in business and we value the opportunity to work alongside them to achieve their business goals.  With every good partnership there is mutual respect and we commit to actively listening and understanding our clients and their needs.

We focus on our clients’ needs and ensure that we respond with timely advice and provide services that address our clients’ needs and expectations. We deliver practical solutions no matter how complex the problem.

The law is a dynamic and constantly changing arena.  How legal changes affect businesses and government services is Paterson MacDougall’s business.

Our practice areas are aviation and space law, municipal liability, insurance and reinsurance, professional liability, financial services, product liability, wills and estates, cargo transportation and logistics, and media, defamation and privacy law.