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Channdeep Singh Nagi

“Integrity is the key to understanding legal practice. Law’s empire is defined by attitude, not territory or power or process.” – Ronald D. Dworkin

I am the firm’s articling student. Since my bachelor’s degree in law, I was certain of pursuing a career in criminal law. Having worked as a criminal defence lawyer already, Aitken Robertson’s professionalism and commitment to defending the accused in the criminal justice system fascinated me. Resultantly, I joined the firm.

I am a zealous proponent of continuing professional development and consider it crucial for maintaining a comparative advantage over the competitors. Hence, I pursued graduate studies in law. The graduate admissions committee awarded me an entrance scholarship for the LL.M. program. I complimented my academic learning at school with working at a leading law firm in Brampton. Outside of the classroom, I was much involved with the Osgoode Professional Development Student Committee and remained an enthusiastic volunteer in organizing various professional events.

Before arriving in Canada, I was called to All India Bar in 2016. I defended clients against offences ranging from minor infractions to serious criminality. I take a client-centric approach to my work and I am always on the lookout for any infirmity in the prosecution’s case. In my view, emotional intelligence is an indispensable necessity for a lawyer to effectively alleviate the client’s concerns. Apart from criminal law, I have a profound interest in Charter rights. In the past, I successfully led class-action suits on the grounds of constitutional breaches by government entities. I believe that to become an exceptional criminal lawyer; one needs to be a constitutional expert.

The combination of my academic and professional experience significantly adds value to my role as an articling student at Aitken Robertson. I am keen to enhance my advocacy-skills and develop my understanding of criminal law further while working at Aitken Robertson. Currently, I work under the firm’s legal counsels to provide the highest quality legal services to the firm’s clients in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

Before pursuing a career in law, I worked as a manager of a construction firm. My responsibilities included, but not limited to, generating business for the firm and cultivating professional connections. In my leisure time, I love playing sports. In India, I was awarded a gold medal in a provincial cricket tournament. Presently, I am honing my skills in lawn tennis and try to make sure that I am not the worst player in the (tennis) court. I also enjoy photography from time to time.

Education

  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Licences

  • Anticipated call to the Ontario Bar; 2021.
  • Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation.
  • Barrister and Solicitor (Advocate), Bar Council of India.
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