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Charlotte Baigent

Associate

Overview

Charlotte Baigent maintains a broad litigation practice at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, bringing experience in commercial, regulatory, criminal, and constitutional law.   

Before joining HSG, Charlotte clerked for the Honorable Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Honorable Patrice Abrioux and the Honorable David Tysoe at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. She also served as a litigation summer student with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where she assisted with complex commercial litigation, was part of a small team leading a special criminal prosecution, and sat at counsel table during a trial on behalf of an intervener in a constitutional challenge involving the Canadian Revenue Agency. She has appeared and made oral submissions before the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Chambers and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. 

During law school, Charlotte served as a program coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, monitoring 88 law students providing free legal services to nonprofits and helping to develop new community initiatives such as the Homeless ID Project, which assisted over 200 clients in obtaining government identification during her term. She also provided free legal advice to clients with limited means through the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, worked as a research assistant on an SSHRC-funded project on Canada’s murder sentencing regime, and acted as the ombudsperson on the Law Students’ Society. She participated in a research abroad program in South Africa and competed in a national moot court competition, where she received a top oralist prize.

Charlotte is admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada.  Her admission to New York is pending.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • Visa Inc. and its subsidiaries in various matters, including their defense against class and individual antitrust actions brought by virtually every merchant in the United States and alleging hundreds of billions in damages.
  • Editis, Interforum and their parent company Vivendi, in litigation in New York state court.

News and Writings

Writings

  • “Why Gladue Needs an Intersectional Lens: The Silencing of Sex in Indigenous Women’s Sentencing Decisions,” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (2020)
  • “Undoing Doré: Judicial Resistance in Canadian Appellate Courts,” Canadian Journal of Administrative Law & Practice 63 (2020)
  • “Bid At Your Own Risk,” Canadian Appeals Monitor (2018)

Clerkships

  • Hon. Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court of Canada, 2020 – 2021
  • Hon. Patrice Abrioux and Hon. David F. Tysoe, British Columbia Court of Appeal, 2019 –2020

Education

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia (J.D., 2019; Wesbrook Scholar; Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP Litigation Award; Awards in Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Constitutional Law)

Concordia University (B.A. Hons., 2015; Varsity Alpine Skier; Awards in Political Science, Social Science Research)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ontario, Canada
  • New York (pending)
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