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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 Upper Canada, 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

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 & Casaulty – 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)