Arthur Ayers practices in both refugee & immigration law and civil litigation, at first instance and appellate levels and in both official languages, in addition to offering services in Japanese.
In his refugee & immigration practice, Mr. Ayers has represented individuals from Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Central America, before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and the Federal Court of Canada and the Divisional Court of Ontario in judicial review. His is a culturally-attuned approach, informed by a background in cultural anthropology, having lived and worked abroad for seven years, and having grown up across the cultural-linguistic divides of Canada.
In his civil litigation practice, Mr. Ayers has represented a very broad range of individuals and businesses in matters of fraud, contract, tort and commercial disputes, before all civil divisions of the Superior Court of Ontario. In this capacity, Mr. Ayers prides himself on representing the Davids against the Goliaths.
Mr. Ayers is developing a presence in the region as a people’s lawyer, providing truly accessible legal services to middle-class working persons, small business owners and professionals. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the JusticeNet Award for Excellence in Access to Justice and member of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s Steering Committee for a forum on access to justice, coming in 2018.
He is also very active in the community, with a view to assisting clients beyond the sphere of strictly legal services, assisting immigrants and refugees integrate into the community, as well as helping them and the general population access legal services in both official languages. Mr. Ayers is a member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario and president of the Regional Association of West Quebecers, which among others, aims to develop a newcomers program to assist English-speaking immigrants and refugees settle in the Outaouais region. Mr. Ayers has presided a variety of conferences and community consultations, and appeared on community television.
Mr. Ayers is also involved in legal education. He has taught research and writing and alternative dispute resolution at the Collège La Cité, taught trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa and been a panelist on immigration law at a continuing professional development (CPD) conference for lawyers and paralegals. He has also served a director of Youturn Youth Support Services, which regroups various community support, education and clinical services to youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Finally, a former national and international-level athlete, Mr. Ayers demonstrates his continuing commitment to lifelong fitness and health by coaching and practicing cross-country skiing and cycling, and by involving himself in discussion groups on the development of recreational infrastructure and environmentally responsible use of Gatineau Park, promoting physically active lifestyles in the region.