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Philippa G. Samworth


Philippa G. Samworth is a partner at Dutton Brock and her area of practice is in insurance defence (Accident Benefits), as well as providing Mediation and Arbitration services.. Miss Samworth has a number of achievements and was retained by the Ministry of Finance of Ontario as a consultant to provide analysis and technical advice to the Ministry on its preparation and drafting of the new Automobile Insurance Legislation: Bill 59 and its regulations.

In May 1997, Philippa was appointed to the Minister’s Committee for Designated Assessment Centres as Chair from September 1998 - September 2000, and again from December, 2001 to February 2004.

In 2000, she was asked by the Government of Ontario to Chair on Advisory Committee to make recommendations regarding the definition of Catastrophic Impairment. In March of 2004 Miss Samworth was again retained by the Minister of Finance to conduct stakeholder consultations and provide advice and recommendations on proposals to replace the DAC system.

In October of 2007 Philippa was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Philippa received her B.A. and LL.B. from Queen’s University and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979. In 1990, she was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In October of 2007, Miss Samworth was inducted into the AmericanCollege of Trial Lawyers.

In 2002 Philippa was the first recipient of the prestigious Canadian Defence Lawyers’ Lee Samis award for excellence.

On April 27, 2006 she became the first recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law. Philippa has also been recognized in “Best Lawyers in Canada” annually since 2008.

In September, 2014 she received The Advocates’ Society Medal, which is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of our members. It is intended to honour those who have demonstrated clearly their pre-eminence as counsel and who are acknowledged unequivocally as leaders of the bar; who have been dedicated and active members of the Society, and who have made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the wellbeing of the community at large.

In 2016 Philippa was awarded the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Award.

Philippa has lectured for the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association-Ontario, Advocates’ Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association to name a few.

Philippa is the author of numerous papers in the personal injury/MVA field.

Philippa is a member of:

  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates Society – Past President and Chair of the Insurance Committee
  • The Medico-Legal Society – Past President and on council since 1995
  • The Canadian Defence Lawyers Association – Founding Member
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers

Aviva and Economical – Decision re Interpretation of the OPCF-28A/Excluded Driver Endorsement

Certas and Economical – Decision, Priority and Loss Transfer

Coseco & Liberty Mutual and GMAC – Award Decision

Security National & Unica – Decision re Costs Award

Intact & Dominion & Wawanesa – Reasons and Order re: productions as well as the Decision re: Preliminary Issue

Jevco and Economical – June 29, 2018 loss transfer

Wawanesa and North Bridge Commercial Insurance Corp – May 4, 2018 Priority Dispute

Unica and State Farm – April 10, 2018 Loss Transfer

Unica and Wawanesa – May 9, 2018 Priority Dispute

Wawanesa and AXA – October 2010 (Sec 42 assessments under loss transfer)

RBC General Insurance and Geico – March 2010 (Priority / Effect of a PAU)

Lambton Mutual and ING – June 2009 (Priority / Dependancy)

Motors Insurance and York Fire & Casualty – December 2009 (Priority / Dependancy)

ING and Primmum – August 2006 (Jurisdiction of an Arbitrator under Reg. 283/95)

Unifund and St. Paul Fire & Marine – August 2000 (Priority / Regular Use)

Commercial Union and Boreal – December 1998 (Loss Transfer Production issue)

Economical Mutual Insurance Company and York Fire & Casualty Insurance Company —January, 2013 (Priority/Dependency)

The Economical Mutual Insurance Company and Zurich Insurance Company — March, 2013 (Loss Transfer)

St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company/Travelers Insurance Company of Canada and Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company —January, 2014 (Priority)

Certas Direct Insurance Company and Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company of Canada — May, 2014 (Loss Transfer)

Chartis Insurance Company of Canada and The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund — August, 2014 (Priority)

TD General Insurance Company and Sovereign General Insurance Company — 2015 (Priority)

The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Aviva Canada Inc., Guarantee Company of North America and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd — February, 2015 (Loss Transfer)

Optimum Insurance Company and Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company and The Dominion of Canada Insurance Company — February, 2015 (Priority)

Economical Mutual Insurance Company and Intact Insurance Company — May, 2015 (Loss Transfer)

Hay Mutual Insurance Company and West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company — November, 2015 (Priority)

The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Certas Direct Insurance Company — December, 2015 (Priority)

Intact Insurance Company of Canada and Economical Mutual Insurance Company — December, 2015 (Priority/Dependency)

The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and TD General Insurance Company — December, 2015 (Priority)

Jevco Insurance Company and Chieftain Insurance Company — March, 2016 (Priority)

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and Northbridge Insurance — September, 2016 (Costs and Interest Hearing)

Security National Insurance Company and Unica Insurance Company — October, 2016 (Priority/Notice)

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Belair Insurance Company —October, 2016 (Loss Transfer)

Coseco Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual General Insurance Company and GMAC Insurance Company —December, 2016 (Priority Dispute/Jurisdiction)

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and ACE INA Insurance — December, 2016 (Loss Transfer)

The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and TD General Insurance Company — April, 2017 (Priority)

Economical Mutual Insurance Company and Echelon Insurance Company — December, 2017 (Priority/Reimbursement)

Economical Mutual Insurance Company and Echelon General Insurance Company — December, 2017 (Priority/Dependency)