B.A., M.A. York University; LL.B Osgoode Hall; Called to the Bar 1998
Phil Downes has a B.A. and an M.A. from York University and an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the bar in 1998. He is a sole practitioner, concentrating in the area of criminal and quasi-criminal law, as well as regulatory and professional discipline matters, with a particular expertise in appeals, “white collar” crime and representing lawyers subject to discipline proceedings. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law. Before that he was an associate at the criminal law firm of firm of Fenton, Smith Barristers and was previously counsel at the Crown Law Office - Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney. He is the author of various publications and articles including, most recently, “Trashing Privacy: Some notes on R. v. Patrick (2009) SCC 17" which was published in the Summer 2010 edition of the National Journal of Constitutional Law. He is a frequent participant in continuing education programmes with particular emphasis on search and seizure and white collar crime.
Teaching In 2013-2014
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