Simon Chester

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Organization Type: Law Firm
Position/Title: Counsel, Conflicts and Regulatory Matters
Functional Area: Law Practice
Year of Induction: 1996

1 First Canadian Pl., 100 King St. W., Suite 1600
Toronto, ON M5X 1G5

Business Phone: 416.369.7263

Simon Chester is a law firm general counsel who has spent most of 2014 helping manage the largest law firm dissolution in Canadian history. His earlier career included law teaching, government service, senior positions in bar associations and organizational consulting.

For twenty years, he has helped law firms navigate the complex and shifting landscape of professional regulation and solve an array of professional crises that threaten regulatory compliance, liability risk and reputational harm. He is one of Canada’s leading experts on conflicts of interest. With roots in three continents, he is a global lawyer, qualified in both Europe and North America.

Simon is a frequent commentator, writer and master presenter, delivering high-energy, provocative presentations to legal conferences around the world about change in the law and the pressures that firms face.

A technological innovator throughout his career, he has earned an international reputation for his insights into the future of legal practice.

Simon is a past President and Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management.