Richard McLaren

Richard McLaren

H.B.A. (Western University), LL.B. (Western University), LL.M. (London), C.Arb. Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada called to the Ontario Bar

Counsel to the London, Ontario law firm McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and Professor of Law and Interim Dean, the University of Western Ontario; Associate Dean 1979-82; teaching: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Banking, Commercial Law, Secured Financing, Real Property Financing, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Sports Law, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Business Law.

Major publications include Falconbridge on the Law of Mortgages (4th ed.), Commercial Arbitration Law, Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada (2nd ed.), Canadian Commercial Reorganisations: Avoiding Bankruptcy, The 2009 Ontario Annotated Personal Property Security Act, and Innovative Dispute Resolution: The Alternative; Editor, Personal Property Security Act Cases (P.P.S.A.C.).

McLaren has experience as a commercial lawyer, a labour and commercial arbitrator, and a mediator. He is a long standing member of International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the world Supreme Court of sports disputes based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been a member of the ad Hoc Divisions of CAS at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998 and Turin Italy in 2006; the Summer Olympic Games: in Sydney, Australia 2000; in Athens, Greece, 2004; and, in Beijing, China, 2008 and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester England in 2002.

McLaren was the founder of the ADRsportRed pilot dispute resolution program which later evolved into the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada where he drafted the Code of Arbitration and served as its Co-Chief Arbitrator for the inaugural three years until 2006. The SDRCC is a body dealing with disputes at the national level of Canada’s sport system.

McLaren has served with distinction as an arbitrator for the National Hockey League salary arbitrations and more recently Player/Agent disputes for the NHL Players’ Association. He was appointed Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Doping Control to investigate allegations against certain American track and field athletes (Report July 2001) and served for six years as Chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Anti-Doping Tribunal until 2006 when the ATP Doping Programme was transferred to the International Tennis Federation.

He participated with Senator Mitchell in the Major League Baseball inquiry in to the use of steroids which culminated in a Report in December of 2007. He is a member of the Anti-Doping Panel for the International Cricket Council based in Dubai and chairs the Doping Tribunal for the European Tour which serves men’s professional golf. He is also a co-founder of Sport Solution, an athlete advocacy association funded by Athletes CAN located at the Faculty of Law, The University of Western Ontario. He is the incoming chair of the NSLI’s Board of Advisors. In 2011 he was appointed the President of the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal based in Geneva Switzerland and associated with FIBA.

In December 2014, he was appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of widespread, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

Email: lawrhm@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 88430
Office: LB 106

Professor McLaren can also be reached at McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP - 519-679-1407 or mclaren@mckenzielake.com

Publications

"The Passenger Train Realization Process", 10 U.W.O. L. Rev. 198 (1971).

"Experience Under the Ontario Personal Property Security Act", 2 Can. Bus. L.J. 388 (1978).

McLaren, R. "Commercial Law: (Payment by) Credit Transfer", 17 U.W.O. L. Rev. 299, (1978-79). 

Secured Transactions in Personal Property, C.E.D. (West 3rd) (1981) Carswell. 

Legal Aspects of Automated Cash Management, McLaren, R..  Published in the Journal of Cash Management.   A paper prepared for presentation at the 1st Annual Cash Management Conference, November, 1981. 

Comments upon the Paper "The Renewal of Personal Property Security Law in Canada", Proceedings at the Tenth Annual Workshop on Commercial and Consumer Law.   Butterworths (1982). 

Haber (ed.) Shopping Centre Leases Part III.   "Personal Property Security Law as it affects Chattels, Fixtures and Leasehold Improvements in Shopping Centres, and Priorities as between Landlord, Secured Creditors and Others", Canada Law Book (1982). 

Anger's Digest, "Conditional Sales Law" Canada Law Book (1982). 

Anger's Digest, "Chattel Mortgages" Canada Law Book (1982). 

Anger's Digest, "Personal Property Security in Canada" Canada Law Book (1982). 

McLaren, R.  "When and Why to Arbitrate", published by Insight Educational Services.   A paper prepared for presentation at the Insight program entitled Commercial Arbitration, September 22, 1983. 

McLaren, R.  Bills of Sale (Ont. 3rd) (1983) Carswell. 

McLaren, R.  "The P.P.S.A.  Claimant Against the World (Almost)", published by The Canadian Bar Association-Ontario Continuing Legal Education.   A paper prepared for presentation on C.B.A.  program entitled Closing the Barn Door Before...Advising on Farm-Related Matters, December 9, 1985; January 10, 1986 and January 31, 1986. 

Anger's Digest, "Law of Conditional Sales" Canada Law Book (1987). 

Anger's Digest, "Chattel Mortgages" Canada Law Book (1987). 

Anger's Digest, "Personal Property Security" Canada Law Book (1987). 

Anger's Digest, "Banking" Canada Law Book (1987). 

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (West 3rd) Title 131:  Secured Transactions in Personal Property, Carswell (1988). 

McLaren, R.  "PPSA Jurisprudence--1986 Annual Survey", Vol.  2, No.  2, Banking & Finance Law Review, Carswell (1988). 

"Report of the Canadian Committee on the Proposed Model International Insolvency Co-operation Act", International Bar Association Section on Business Law, Committee J., Buenos Aires, September 27, 1988. 

McLaren, R.  (co-authored) "Can There Be International Co-operation in Foreign Bankruptcies?  A Canadian Examination of Some Alternative Models", 3 Review of International Business Law, p.  23 Carswell (1989). 

McLaren, R.  "The Application of the Act", Chapter B of The Personal Property Security Act:  Setting New Sails, Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, May 25, 1989. 

"PPSA Jurisprudence-Highlights of Recent Developments", Vol.  5, No.  3 Banking & Finance Law Review, Carswell (1990). 

"The Interest Arbitration Process", Labour Arbitration Yearbook, Butterworths-Lancaster House, 1991. 

Secured Transactions in Personal Property, C.E.D.  (West 3rd) (1991) Carswell. 

O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms, 11th Edition, Division I, Commercial and General, c.  52, Secured Transactions, (1991), Canada Law Book. 

McLaren, R. "The Law of Fraud and Misrepresentation", published by The Canadian Institute.   A paper prepared for presentation at The Canadian Institute conference entitled Fraudulent Insurance Claims Where There's Smoke ..., September 11 and 12, 1991. 

McLaren, R.  "Addendum - Priorities Outside the PPSA"; "Bill C-22: Proposed Amendments to the Bankruptcy Act;  "The Future of S.  178 Bank Act Security" and "Secured Lender Liability for Environmental Contamination", published by The Canadian Institute (Toronto) for Enforcing Security under the PPSA, programs November 27, 1991, February 13, 1992 and July 28, 1992. 

McLaren, R.  "The Application of the Act", published by The Law Society of Upper Canada.   A paper prepared for presentation at The Law Society of Upper Canada program entitled Personal Property Security Act Update, March 5, 1992. 

McLaren, R.  "Overview of Canada's New Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act", published by The Canadian Institute.   A paper prepared for presentation at The Canadian Institute Conference entitled The New Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, March 23, 1992 and September 17, 1992 (Toronto); September 18, 1992 (London); November 16, 1992 (Toronto). 

McLaren, R.  "Duties and Obligations of Receivers - The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act, 1992", published by The Canadian Institute.   A paper prepared for presentation at The Canadian Institute Conference entitled Duties and Liabilities of Receivers and Trustees, April 22, 1993. 

McLaren, R.  "Special Collateral:  Fixtures and Leases", published by Insight Information Inc.   A paper prepared for presentation at Insight program entitled Secured Creditors, June 1, 1993.

McLaren, R.  "Television Rights in Sporting Events", Sports Law & Finance, Vol. 1, Issue 4, (Legal Studies Publishing Ltd.) (1993).

McLaren, R.  "Salary Dispute Resolution in North American Pro Hockey", Sports Law & Finance, Vol. 1, Issue 5, (Legal Studies Publishing Ltd.) (1994). 

McLaren, R.  "Legal Disputes in Professional Sports", Sports Law & Finance, Vol.  2, Issue 2, (Legal Studies Publishing Ltd.) (1994). 

McLaren, R.  "The Role of the Agent in Sports Contracts", Sports Law & Finance, Vol.  2, Issue 4, (Legal Studies Publishing Ltd.) (1994). 

McLaren, R.  "Voidable Transactions in Bankruptcy: The Canadian Perspective", a paper prepared for presentation at the International Comparative Commercial Insolvency Law Conference held in Toronto, June 24, 1993.   In Ziegel (ed.), "Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law", (Clarendon Press, Oxford), (1994) 

McLaren, R.  "The Canadian Government's Role in Sport", Sports Law & Finance, Vol.  3, Issue 2, (Legal Studies Publishing Ltd.) (1995). 

O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms, 11th Edition, Division I, Commercial and General, c.  52, Secured Transactions, (1995), Canada Law Book. 

McLaren, R.  "The Application of the Act", published by the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario).   A paper prepared for presentation at the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Continuing Legal Education Program entitled Advising Clients Under the PPSA, Toronto, October 20, 1995. 

McLaren, R.  "Comments on `Identifying and Managing Legal Risks in Derivative Transactions'.”   Chair and commentator at the 1995 Queen's Annual Business Law Symposium Corporate Restructurings and Insolvencies - Issues and Perspectives, Kingston, Ontario, November 3, 1995.  (Carswell), (1996). 

O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms, 11th Edition, Division I, Commercial and General, c.  52, Secured Transactions, (1997), Canada Law Book. 

McLaren, R.  “A New Order: Athletes’ Rights and the Court of Arbitration at the Olympic Games”, OLYMPIKA: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, (1998) Vol.  VII pp.  1-24. 

“Draft UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Draft Protocol on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment”; submission of the Canadian Bar Association National Business Law Section Committee to the Department of Justice, February, 1999. 

McLaren, R.  (co-authored) "Expediting the Arbitration”, published by the National Academy of Arbitrators.   A paper prepared for presentation at the National Academy of Arbitrators 1999 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 4, 1999. 

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (3rd ed.) Western Volume 31 Title 131:  Secured Transactions in Personal Property, Carswell (1999). 

McLaren, R.  "PMSI and Commingled Goods - Unisource Canada Inc.  v.  Hong Kong Bank of Canada”, Vol.  15, No.  2, Banking & Finance Law Review, Carswell (2000). 

McLaren, R.  "Is Arbitration a Vaccination for Litigation?” published by The Canadian Bar Association-Ontario Continuing Legal Education.   A paper prepared for presentation at C.B.A.  seminar entitled The Owner-managed Company, (London) May 18, 2000. 

McLaren, R.  “The Court of Arbitration for Sport: An Independent Arena for the World’s Sports Disputes.”   A paper presented at Valparaiso University 2nd Annual Conference entitled Arbitrating Sports Disputes, (Chicago) November 2 and 3, 2000.   Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol.  35, No.  2 (Spring 2001). 

McLaren, R.  "Sports Law Arbitration by CAS: Is it the same as International Arbitration?.”   Panel member and presentation of paper for American Branch of the International Law Association Conference, International Law Weekend, (Malibu) January 27, 2001.   Pepperdine Law Review (International Law Weekend), Vol.  29, No.  1 (West Symposium Issue) (2001). 

McLaren, R.  "Introducing The Court of Arbitration for Sport: The Ad Hoc Division at the Olympic Games.”   A paper presented at Sports Lawyers Association 27th Annual Conference (Philadelphia) May 17 - 19, 2001.   Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol.  12, No.  1 (2002). 

McLaren, R.  “Doping Sanctions: What Penalty?”  International Sports Law Review 2002, 2 (May).   Sweet and Maxwell (London, England).  (pgs.  23–34). 

O'Brien's Encyclopaedia of Forms, 11th Edition, Division I, Volume 6, Commercial and General, c.  52, Secured Transactions, (2002), Canada Law Book. 

McLaren, R.  “Secured Transactions and Intellectual Property in the Commonwealth and Beyond.”   Keynote Speaker at Commonwealth Legal Education Association Law Lecture Series (CLEA) Conference in association with Commonwealth Legal Education Association, sponsored by Law Commission of Canada.   In Knopf (ed.), Security Interests in Intellectual Property, (Carswell), (2002).

Canadian Encyclopaedic Digest (3rd Ed.) Ontario Volume 29 Title 131:  Secured Transactions in Personal Property, Carswell (2003). 

“A New Era in the control of performance enhancing drugs.”   World Sports Law Report, October 2003. 

“CAS: The Ad Hoc Division at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.”   International Sports Law Review, Issue 2, May 2004. 

“CAS Ad Hoc Division: An Olympic Experience!.”   SchiedsVZ German Arbitration Journal, July 2004. 

“Courts are most often not the best place for Sports Disputes”, Lawyers Weekly, Vol.  25, No 22, October, 2005. 

“CAS Advisory Opinions.”   The Court of Arbitration for Sport 1984-2004 (Jubilee Book) T.M.C.  Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands (2006). 

McLaren, R.  “An Overview of Non-Analytical Positive & Circumstantial Evidence Cases in Sports”, Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol.  16 No.  2, Spring 2006. 

McLaren, R.  “CAS Doping Jurisprudence:  What Can We Learn?” published by the CAS Newsletter, Lausanne, Switzerland, No.  4, October, 2006. 

McLaren, R.  “Revised or New Test Procedures:  What CAS Requires.”   The International Sports Law Journal, 3-4, The Hague, The Netherlands, December 2006. 

McLaren, R.  “Tracing the Security Interest in Proceeds”, published by the Ontario Bar Association.   A paper prepared for presentation at the Ontario Bar Association program entitled Priorities, Practice and Problems under the PPSA, December 2006. 

McLaren, R.  “Human Rights:  Women Ski-Jumpers Allege Human Rights Breach”, published by World Sports Law Report, May 2007. 

McLaren, R.  “Appeal Jurisprudence under Article 13 of the World Anti Doping Code”, A paper prepared for presentation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Nairobi, Kenya, June 2007. 

McLaren, R.  “WADA Drug Testing Standards”, Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol.  18, Fall 2007. 

McLaren, R.  “Corruption – It’s Impact on Fair Play”, Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol.  19, Fall 2008. 

McLaren, R.  “Is Sport Losing It’s Integrity?”  Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 21.2, Fall 2011. 

McLaren, R.  “2012  London Olympics:  Dispute Resolution in a Commercial Context”, Business Law International, Vol. 13, No. 2, May 2012. 

McLaren, R.  “Athlete Biological Passport:  The Juridical Viewpoint.”  Sweet & Maxwell’s International Sports Law Review, Vol. 12, Issue 4, 2012. 

McLaren, R.  “Governance in Sports Governing Bodies”, Sports Law:  Structures, Practice, Justice, Sports Science and Studies, 18th IASL Congress Proceedings, Bejing 2012, Ekead, Athens 2013. 

Major Publications

Catzman F., Abel, A., Baxter, I., Heal, J., MacKenzie, D., McLaren, R.  Personal Property Security Law in Ontario (1976).

Rayner, W., McLaren, RFalconbridge on Mortgages (4th ed.) (1977). 

McLaren, R.  Personal Property Security (1980) 195 pages. 

McLaren, R., (Editor), Personal Property Security Act Cases, (1st   Series) (9 Volumes) (Carswell: 1977-1981); (2nd Series) (1982) (15 Volumes); (3rd Series)  (2001) (Volume 1 and ongoing)  (Carswell). 

McLaren, R., Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada (Carswell: 1979), 3 Volumes. 

McLaren, R.  Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada (2nd Edition) (Carswell: 1989), 5 Volumes. 

McLaren, R., Palmer, E.  Commercial Arbitration Law (1982). 

The 1994 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1993). 

Canadian Commercial Reorganization: Preventing Bankruptcy (Canada Law Book: 1994), 2 Volumes. 

McLaren, R. and Sanderson, J.  Innovative Dispute Resolution: The Alternative! (Carswell: 1994). 

The 1995 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1994). 

The 1996 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1995). 

The 1997 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1996).

The 1998 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1997).

The 1999 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1998).

The 2000 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 1999).

The 2001 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2000). 

The 2003 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2002). 

The 2004 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2003). 

The 2005 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2004). 

The 2006 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2005).

The 2007 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2006). 

The 2008 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2007). 

The 2009 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2008). 

The 2010 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2009). 

The 2011 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell: 2010). 

The 2012 Annotated Personal Property Security Act (Carswell:  2011). 

Alberta Personal Property Security by Thomson Canada Limited in 2008, Toronto, Canada. 

British Columbia Personal Property Security Thomson Canada Limited in May 2008, Toronto, Canada. 

British Columbia Personal Property Security Thomson Canada Limited in May 2010, Toronto, Canada. 

Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada (3rd  Ed.) (Thomson Reuters, Carswell: 2013) (6 Volumes).