As a young lawyer in Alberta and British Columbia, Beverley McLachlin had done some commercial and construction law, and she enjoyed it; later, as a trial judge in B.C. in the early 1980s, she continued to hear these types of cases.
Now, after retiring as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in December — after more than 28 years on that court, including nearly 18 years as chief justice — McLachlin is trying her hand at arbitration and mediation.
“I find it fascinating to take problems that arise, that people have or that companies have, and try to sort it out and figure what the best way forward is and apply the law to the facts I find,” McLachlin told Legal Feeds. “I love this procedure; I’ve been doing it for most of my life, and I thought I’d like to continue.”