Partner – Gardiner Roberts LLP
Rui Fernandes is a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP in Toronto Canada. He represents domestic and international clients involved directly and indirectly in transportation, insurance and related industries. He is involved in all aspects of aviation, marine, trucking, rail, freight forwarding, logistics, supply chain, customs and trade, and warehousing. He advises clients with respect to contract and commercial law including risk analysis and regulatory matters. He provides corporate and commercial advice to foreign clients setting up and doing business in Canada. His insurance practice includes policy drafting, coverage issues, errors and omissions claims, professional liability claims, marine and aviation, inland marine, property and casualty liability defense, products liability and subrogation.
Rui has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a qualified mediator and arbitrator and obtained his and his FCIArb in 2020. Rui has conducted numerous mediations and arbitrations both as counsel and as a mediator or arbitrator. He is the President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a director of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.
Rui has run a number of successful businesses including vessel chartering, biotechnology, small hydroelectric and publishing.
He has appeared as senior counsel in trial and appellate courts and agencies across Canada: The Supreme Court of Canada, The Federal Court, Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canadian Transportation Agency, Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and the RIBO Discipline Committee.