Thomas Slade

Tom wants to ensure you are putting your best foot forward at the appeal stage. From complex legal research to drafting persuasive factums, he helps to elevate appellate advocacy. As a former Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Law Review and the founder of Fantasy Courts, Tom provides clients advice that is in tune with the latest developments in the law.

Bar admission.

Ontario, 2011



University of Ottawa, L.L.B., 2010
Carleton University, B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism), 2007


Thomas Slade is a partner at Supreme Advocacy. His litigation practice is focussed on appeals and leaves to appeal. He has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Appeal and as co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. Thomas’ legal research practice includes aboriginal law, constitutional law, religious freedom, professional negligence, and regulatory matters. He has prepared numerous legal opinions, taking complex legal issues and addressing them in a straightforward and practical manner.

Before joining Supreme Advocacy, Thomas articled and returned as an associate at a national law firm where he focused on advocacy and litigation. He also worked as a student-at-law at an access to information and administrative law boutique firm. While at the University of Ottawa, Thomas was the Articles Editor and Editor-in-Chief for the Ottawa Law Review and worked as a research assistant for a prominent technology law professor. Before law school, he received a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.

As SCC Agent:

  • Scott v. R., 40340 – Criminal law – defences 
  • Kinnavanthong v. R., 40327 – Liens – land
  • Wollach v. R., 40207 – Criminal law – evidence
  • JVD Installations Inc, et al. v. Skookum Creek Power Partnership, et al., 40172 –
  • McKenzie v. R., 40082 – Canadian charter (criminal), arbitrary detention (s. 9)
  • Primmer v. R., 40020 – Criminal law, evidence
  • Fransic Battiston v. Mircrosoft Canada Inc., 39962 – Contracts, judgments and orders
  • W. G. v. R., 39888 – Criminal law, offences
  • Paul Dass, et al. v. Mark Kay, et al., 39886 – Limitation of actions, summary judgments
  • Alexandru Tanase v. College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, 39862 – Canadian charter (non-criminal, right to liberty (s. 7)
  • Haniffa v. R., 39803 – Canadian charter (criminal), abuse of process
  • Brown v. R., 39781 – Constitutional law, Canadian charter (criminal)
  • Rajmoolie v. R., 39700 – Criminal law, sentencing
  • Ramelson v. R., 39664 – Criminal law, abuse of process
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  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Resolving Equality Uncertainty: Adverse-effects Claims and Conflicts Between Equality-seeking Claimants, Supreme Court Law Review, 2nd Series, volume 79, co-author
  • Getting In, Getting Heard, Getting Practical: Intervening in Appellate Courts Across Canada, The Advocates’ Quarterly, volume 46, number 3, January 2017 (Thomson Reuters Canada Limited Canada Law Book), co-author
  • Fernandes v. Araujo: Vehicle Ownership, Possession and Vicarious Liability, The Advocates’ Quarterly, volume 45, number 2, March 2016 (Thomson Reuters Canada Limited Canada Law Book), co-author
  • Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell, 2nd ed., 2013) co-author
  • Supreme Court of Canada Manual (Canada Law Book, 2011) co-author
  • Pro bono lawyer with Refugee Sponsorship Support Program
  • Ottawa Law Review Advisory Board member

CCH Canadian Limited Prize, Ottawa Law Review, 2010

Barry C. Scott / CP Railway Scholarship in Business Journalism, Carleton University, 2007