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Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, Fourth Edition
By: Cynthia L. Elderkin, B.A., LL.B, Julia S. Shin Doi, B.A., J.D. LL.M., CIC.C, ICD.D
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Behind and Beyond Boilerplate combines a practical approach by providing sample boilerplate clauses and explaining their meaning with a legal framework

In it's 20th anniversary edition, this book explains the underlying historical common law and equitable principles that gave rise to the use of such boilerplate clauses and analyzes the judicial treatment of those clauses. The publication also addresses practical issues that may arise in the use of boilerplate clauses and makes recommendations on drafting such clauses.

New in the fourth edition

Update of all case law affecting boilerplate clauses referenced in the third edition including commentary on recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions that impact contract interpretation and boilerplate:

  • Teal Cedar Products Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2017 SCC 32: scope of appellate intervention in commercial arbitration is narrow: deferential standard of review – reasonableness – “almost always” applies to arbitration awards.
  • Douez v. Facebook, 2017 SCC 33: two-step approach in determining to enforcement of a forum selection clause.
  • Soboczynski v. Beauchamp, 2015 ONCA 282, leave to appeal refused 2015 SCC: entire agreement clauses apply to anything said and done up to the moment of signing the written contract, operating retrospectively rather than prospectively – unless the entire agreement clause expressly provides otherwise.
  • Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53: approach to contract interpretation ought to be practical.
  • Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71: duty of honest performance requires the parties to be honest with each other in relation to the performance of their contractual obligations.
About the Author

Cynthia L. Elderkin, B.A., LL.B., is a partner with Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP specializing in aquisitions, secured financing, commercial transactions, aviation and transportation. She has presented numerous papers and lectures to business organizations, associations and educational institutions, including the University of Ottawa, as well as at programs by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, the County of Carleton Law Association, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. She has been consistenly ranked in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Julia S. Shin Doi, B.A., J.D., LL.M., CIC.C, ICD.D is General Counsel and Secretary of the Ryerson University, where she practises corporate and commercial law, intellectual property law and privacy law, and advises on a broad range of legal and corporate governance matters. An adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and, as an instructor of the Ryerson Law Practice Program, she teaches Legal Drafting. She also teaches contract drafting skills to lawyers through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and Canadian Bar Association. Julia was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Influential by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

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