Drawing on extensive experience in commercial litigation and administrative law, Lily Harmer has a deep knowledge of complex regulatory regimes, and an exceptional capacity to support clients with strategic, sensible solutions.
Lily acts for clients in insolvency proceedings, pension matters, professional discipline, and general commercial disputes. Lily is also active in the firm’s post-secondary education practice. She has received recognition from Best Lawyers in Canada for Administrative and Public Law, and is a continuing legal education lecturer with The Advocates’ Society. As a pioneer in fighting gender-based wage discrimination, she was a founding board member of Pay Equity Advocacy and Legal Services, a free legal aid clinic for women.
- University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1989
- Chartered Accountant designation, 1984
- Queen's University, School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.), 1981
- Ontario, 1991
- INSOL International
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates' Society
- Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
Awards and Honours
Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 - Labour and Employment Law
Best Lawyers in Canada - Administrative and Public Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law - Since 2021
Acts for clients involved in complex insolvency proceedings, advises on pension matters, prosecutes and defends professionals and others in discipline and related matters.
Is regularly engaged in resolving more general commercial disputes.
Assists clients to navigate complex regulatory regimes.
Board Member – Festival of the Sound (member of Finance and Governance Committees)
War Child Canada volunteer
Beautiful World fundraiser
Previous Havergal College member – Pension sub-committee
Previous Havergal College member – Finance and Audit committee
The Advocates’ Society – Skills instructor – Continuing legal education lecturer
Pay Equity Advocacy and Legal Services – Founding board member
Pension Plan Governance for Multi-Employer Pension Plans – Canadian Issues – 2000 Travel Trades Trust Fund Education Conference – November 2000
Pension Benefits on Purchase and Sale of a Business – CBAO Continuing education – May 2000
Your Guide to Discipline & Discharge in the Unionized Workplace – Centre for Labour-Management Development – December 1997
The Right to Strike: Charter Implications and Interpretations – University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review – 1989