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Sophie Barry

I am driven by the desire to find practical solutions. In my quest, I get off the beaten path, create new ideas, new avenues. It’s my leitmotif.

My creativity is also focused on gastronomy and photography. I unwind in the outdoors: mountains, forests and the water are my playground.

Year admitted to the Bar

2004

Languages

French, English

Lawyer entrepreneur at Delegatus since

2013

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Education
  • Course on securities trading, Canadian Securities Institute | 2003
  • LL. B., Dean’s list, Law, Université de Montréal | 2002

Biography

Ms. Sophie Barry practises in civil and commercial litigation since 2004. Her former litigation practice extended to all aspects of litigation, including alternative dispute resolution methods. Since 2013, Ms. Barry provides legal opinions and strategic advice regarding the prevention of disputes and the management of litigious situations and cases.

Sophie acts as an external litigation manager for public organizations, a role that she enjoys. In this role, she manages, with executives and external legal counsels, ongoing litigation files, assesses reserves for accounting purposes, identifies strategies, tools and relevant resources, in order to minimize financial and reputational risk for her client, and prevent potential litigation.

Her litigation management practice leads her to manage and optimize legal expense budgets and to collaborate on various presentations to boards of directors. With her experience in construction law litigation, Sophie is also called upon mid-project to advise and guide contractors, owners and consultants to prevent litigious situations or settle them promptly during the construction project.

Sophie also worked in major and complex files, which have allowed her to develop precious skills in internal investigations at her clients', before or during procedures. Sophie has also built a solid experience in document management and review.


In house experience

At Delegatus, Sophie manages litigation for pan-Canadian public organizations.


Experience in private practice

Before joining Delegatus, Sophie worked within the Norton Rose Fulbright Canada litigation group. She began her career at Desjardins Ducharme as a student, intern and litigation lawyer.


Important mandates
  • Management of two class actions (United States and Canada) for a major public company.
  • Represented Bombardier in disputes regarding issues that arose in within the construction of airplanes.
  • Represented Hydro-Québec for litigation regarding Churchill Falls, by preparing and revising long and complex appraisals of the financial and economic aspects of the hydroelectric sector.
  • Represented the Société d’énergie de la Baie-James in a dispute regarding cost overruns in the execution of major construction work.
  • Represented a large energy company in a long-term commercial arbitration regarding a company’s valuation.
  • Acted as KPMG defense counsel in the Norbourg class action suit.
  • Represented the Attorney General of Canada in the Commission of Inquiry into the sponsorship program and advertising activities.
  • Represented major pipe and concrete product manufacturers for disputes following alleged manufacturing defects.

Commitment
  • Volunteers as coach for women’s soccer
  • Volunteers in the education sector.

Conferences and publications

Speaker, “L’expert et le rapport d’expert sous le nouveau Code de procédure civile : théorie, pratique et réflexions” | 2018


Awards and distinctions

Named in the commercial litigation category, The Best Lawyers™ in Canada | Since 2019