Legal Team


Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP is an international, sector-focused law firm with offices throughout Canada and more than 1,400 legal professionals around the world. The firm has been involved in more than 100 class actions several of which have dealt with pensions and benefits. Recently, the firm was involved in a settlement of a $100 million class action on behalf of Canadian Forces veterans.

Counsel on this class proceeding:

Malcolm N. Ruby
Phone: +1.416.862.4314
Email: [email protected]
Office: Toronto, ON

Adam Bazak
Phone: +1.416.369.7363
Email: [email protected]
Office: Toronto, ON



Koskie Minsky LLP, based in Toronto, is one of Canada’s foremost class action, pension, labour, employment and litigation firms. Its class actions group has been a leader in class actions since 1992 and has prosecuted many of the leading cases in the area. Many of Koskie Minsky’s class actions have been landmark cases that were the first of their kind in Canada — successful not only in changing existing laws, but also in providing a voice and substantial financial recovery for its clients. The firm’s class action litigators act in all levels of Court, including frequent appearances at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Counsel on this class proceeding:

Kirk M. Baert*
Phone: +1.416.595.2072
Email: [email protected]
Office: Toronto, ON
*Kirk Baert Professional Corporation

Adam Tanel
Phone: +1.416.595.2072
Email: [email protected]
Office: Toronto, Ontario



McInnes Cooper is among the 25 largest business law firms in Canada. The firm serves clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Charlottetown. With nearly 200 lawyers and over 200 professional resources, McInnes Cooper is positioned to offer clients a range of legal services. The firm provides services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.

Counsel on this class proceeding:

Daniel Wallace*
Phone: +1.902.444.8630
Email: [email protected]
Office: Halifax, NS
*D.F. Wallace P.C. Incorporated



Michel Drapeau Law Office (MDLO) provides legal advice and services focused on federal administrative law with an emphasis on Military Law, Veterans Law, Freedom of Information (access) Law and Privacy Law, Human Rights Law, and Employment Law in the public sector as well as civil litigation. MDLO’s clientele is drawn principally from the Canadian military across Canada (Regular and Reserves including RMC cadets), veterans, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and federal public servants.

Counsel on this class proceeding:

Michel W. Drapeau
Phone: +1.613.236.2657, ext.200
Email: [email protected]
Office: Ottawa, ON

Joshua M. Juneau
Phone: +1.613.236.2657, ext.201
Email: [email protected]
Office: Ottawa, ON



A team of lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP, lead by Peter Driscoll, Bill Dick, Q.C., and Angela Bespflug are working on this proposed class action lawsuit. Peter was lead counsel in Manuge v. Her Majesty the Queen and Buote v. Her Majesty The Queen, the cases that are the foundation of this class action. Peter’s counsel work resulted in over $1Billion dollars in retroactive benefits to disabled former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP. Bill is a partner at the firm and an experienced trial lawyer who has obtained multi-million dollar awards on behalf of clients injured in complex personal injury and medical malpractice claims. Bill is currently the Vice President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. Angela has extensive experience as class counsel in large-scale, national class actions. She has achieved settlements for class members in excess of $800 million and has been recognized by the Federal Court of Canada as a leading practitioner in the field. Angela was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020 by Canadian Lawyer.

Counsel on this class proceeding:

Peter Driscoll*
*P.J. Driscoll Professional Law Corporation Inc.

Bill Dick, Q.C.*
Phone: +1.250.549.1999
Email: [email protected]
Office: Kelowna, BC
*William Dick Personal Law Corporation

Angela Bespflug*
Phone: +1.604.683.9621
Email: [email protected]
Office: Vancouver, BC
*Angela Bespflug Law Corporation

Important Documents

Statement of Defence, 30 July 2021 icon-download
Notice of Certification, 30 July 2021 icon-download
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Register to participate in the class proceeding

If you are a member or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – or a spouse, common law partner, or dependant of a veteran – and you received, at any time between 2002 and the present, certain disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada, you may be a member of the class. Eligible estates of persons who received these disability benefits may also be class members.