Bruce McCartney’s litigation practice focuses on insurance defence litigation and products liability. Bruce has extensive expertise in the insurance industry and a thorough understanding and knowledge of the liability issues and insurance policies associated with motor vehicle litigation, highway maintenance and design, fire loss, occupier’s liability, professional liability, and products liability.
Bruce’s insurance defence litigation practice concentrates in part on cases resulting from the design, maintenance, and repair of the provincial highways in Ontario. As such, he acts for the insurer of the province of Ontario in actions that arise under the provisions of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act. In addition, he acts for other insurers and companies defending motor vehicle claims and occupier’s liability claims.
Bruce has a great deal of experience in products liability claims. He acts for a wide range of clients in the retail and manufacturing sector.
Bruce believes that it is important for clients to understand the nature of the case facing them and the various possible results. He strives to provide an overall perspective at the outset of each case, outlining the scope of the action, the investigation that has to be completed, and his views on quantum and liability. Where possible he will suggest cost-cutting measures such as alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, and private court.
Bruce keeps his clients informed of the progress of their cases, advising not only of their status, but also of events that will have a direct bearing on the outcome of the case. He also counsels his clients on the various strategies they can use to attain the most favourable outcome. At all times, he maintains the necessary objectivity to advise clients on the merits of proceeding or settling at each stage of the litigation process.
His experience and ability to distil information quickly and effectively enable Bruce to communicate a complex problem with clarity and to represent clients effectively before the courts.