Thomas Telfer

Thomas Telfer

BA (Hons) (Western University) 1985, JD (Western University) (With Distinction) 1988, LLM (Duke) 1992, SJD (Toronto) 1999, called to the Bar of Ontario (1990).

Thomas Telfer is a Professor of Law at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.  He joined Western in 2002 from the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law where he taught for eight years. Professor Telfer’s research and teaching interests include bankruptcy law, commercial law, contracts and legal history. He has been a Visitor at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, Case Western Reserve University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide and the University of Auckland.

Professor Telfer has published a number of articles on insolvency law, secured transactions and consumer law. He has a major interest in the intersection of history and bankruptcy law and is the author of Ruin and Redemption: A Struggle for Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014).  

He is a co-author of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Cases, Texts and Materials,  1st ed, 2nd & 3rd eds.  (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2003, 2009, 2015).  

Professor Telfer has also published works on New Zealand secured transactions and insolvency law. His New Zealand publications include Personal and Corporate Insolvency Legislation: Guide and Commentary to the 2006 Amendments, 1st & 2nd ed (Wellington: LexisNexis, 2007, 2013) (co-authored with David Brown)

He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Annual Review of Insolvency Law and the New Zealand Law Review. In 2013, Professor Telfer was the recipient of the Lloyd Houlden Memorial Research Fellowship.

He is the author of two reports for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. The first considers provincial exemption law while the second reviews the provisions of the federal Interest Act. He has participated in two written submissions to Parliament on the issue of insolvency reform. In May 2003, he appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, 37th Parliament, 2nd Session as part of a joint academic submission on insolvency reform.

He is currently working on a project that examines bankruptcy and insolvency law during the Great Depression.

Email: ttelfer@uwo.ca
Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 88379
Office: LB 13

Books

Anthony J. Duggan, Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Janis Sarra, Thomas G.W. Telfer, Roderick Wood, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Cases Text and Materials 3rd ed (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery, 2015) (965 pp)

Thomas G.W. Telfer, Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2014) (297 pp)

David Brown and Thomas G.W. Telfer, Personal and Corporate Insolvency Legislation: Guide and Commentary to the 2006 Amendments, 2nd ed (Wellington: LexisNexis Butterworths New Zealand, 2013) (commentary 150 pp)

Anthony J. Duggan, Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Thomas G.W. Telfer, Roderick Wood, Jacob S. Ziegel, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Cases Text and Materials 2nd ed (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery, 2009) (864 pp.)

David Brown and Thomas G.W. Telfer, Personal and Corporate Insolvency Legislation: Guide and Commentary to the 2006 Amendments (Wellington: LexisNexis Butterworths New Zealand, 2007) (commentary 115 pp)

Jacob S. Ziegel, Anthony J. Duggan & Thomas G.W. Telfer, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Cases Text and Materials (Emond Montgomery, 2003) (677 pp)

Charles E.F. Rickett & Thomas G.W. Telfer eds., International Perspectives on Consumers’ Access to Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2003) (440 pp)

Journal Articles

“Repeat Bankruptcies and the Integrity of the Canadian Bankruptcy Process” (2014) 55 Canadian Business Law Journal 231-262

S. Ben-Ishai, S. Schwartz and T. Telfer, “A Retrospective on the Canadian Consumer Bankruptcy System: 40 Years after the Tassé Report” (2011) 50 Canadian Business Law Journal 236-258.

“The Search for Justice Ivan Rand's Commercial Law Legacy:  Contracts and Bankruptcy  Policy” (2010) University of New Brunswick Law Journal & University of Manitoba Law Journal (joint issue) 243-269.

“Canadian Insolvency Law Reform and ‘Our Bankrupt Legislative Process’” [2010] Annual Review of Insolvency Law 583-592.

"Ideas, Interests, Institutions and the History of Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1880"  (2010), 60 University of Toronto Law Journal 603-621.

“The Origins of Canadian Bankruptcy Exemptions: Federalism, the Relevance of US Law and the Prospects for Reform” (2009) 20 Journal Banking & Finance Law & Practice 270-274.

Thomas Telfer & Bruce Welling, “The Winding-Up and Restructuring Act: Realigning Insolvency Law’s Orphan to the Modern Insolvency Law Process” (2008) 24 Banking & Finance Law Review 235-270.

“The Evolution of Bankruptcy Exemption Law in Canada 1867-1919:  The Triumph of the Provincial Model” [2007] Annual Review of Insolvency Law 593-651.

“Statutory Licences and the Search for Property:  The End of the Imbroglio?” (2007) 45 Canadian Business Law Journal 224-252.

Anthony Duggan & Thomas G.W. Telfer, “Canadian Preference Law Reform” (2006-2007) 42 Texas International Law Journal 661-684.

David Brown & Thomas G.W. Telfer, “The New ‘Australasian’ Voidable Preference Law:  Plus Ça Change?” (2007) 13 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 160-183. 

"The Proposed Federal Exemption Regime for the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act" (2005) 41 Canadian Business Law Journal 279-327.

“A Canadian ‘World without Bankruptcy Law’: the Failure of Bankruptcy Reform at the end of the Nineteenth Century” (2004) 8 Australian Journal of Legal History 83-108.

"Unperfected Security Interests, Exempt Property and Bankruptcy: Reconciling the Claims" [2003] Annual Review of Insolvency Law 5-28.

"Voidable Preference Reform: Shifting Rules, Standards and Goal Posts: A New Zealand Perspective" (2003) 12 International Insolvency Review 55-82.

"Transplanting Equitable Subordination: The New 'Free-Wheeling' Equitable Discretion in Canadian Insolvency Law?" (2001) 36 Canadian Business Law Journal 36-88.

"Defining a Consumer and the Right to Reject under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993: The Long Road to the Court of Appeal" (2001) 7 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 3-10.

"The New Zealand Model Code for Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce: the Role of Industry Self Regulation" (2001) 1(4) Technology Law Forum 46-51.

“Enforcement of Security Interests under the Personal Property Securities Act 1999” (2000) 6 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 192-207

“The Right of Rejection and the Consumer Guarantees Act” (1997) 3 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 263-270

“The Canadian Bankruptcy Act of 1919: Public Legislation or Private Interest?” (1994-95) 24 Canadian Business Law Journal 357-403

“The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993” (1995) 1 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 46-52

Chapters in Books

“Early Warning Signs on Olympia & York: an Introduction” in Janis Sarra ed, A Voice for Many—Margaret Philip, Journalist (Toronto: Carswell Thomson, 2011) 539-541.

Anthony Duggan and Thomas Telfer, “Voidable Preferences” in Stephanie Ben-Ishai and Anthony Duggan (eds.), Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Bill C-55, Statute c.47 and Beyond (LexisNexis, Toronto, 2007) 145-174.

Anthony Duggan and Thomas Telfer, "Gifts and Transfers at Undervalue" in Stephanie Ben-Ishai and Anthony Duggan (eds.), Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Bill C-55, Statute c.47 and Beyond (LexisNexis, Toronto, 2007) 175-198.

"Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Repayment Plans in New Zealand: Curing Misinformed Choices and Reforming the Discharge" in J. Niemi-kiesilainen, I. Ramsay & W. Whitford eds. Consumer Bankruptcy in a Global Perspective (Oxford; Hart Publishing, 2003) 248-269.

"Access to the Discharge in Canadian Bankruptcy Law and the New Role of Surplus Income: A Historical Perspective" in Charles E.F. Rickett and Thomas G.W. Telfer eds.,International Perspectives on Consumers' Access to Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 231-263.

Charles E.F. Rickett & Thomas G.W. Telfer, "Consumers' Access to Justice: An Introduction" in Charles E.F. Rickett and Thomas G.W. Telfer eds. International Perspectives on Consumers' Access to Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 1-13.

“Consumer Law” in New Zealand Business Law Guide (CCH, Loose-leaf) (1999) [revised and updated paras 50,001 - 51-910]

“Consumer Credit Law” New Zealand Business Law Guide (CCH, Loose-leaf) (1999) [revised and updated paras 60-100 - 60-630]

“Risk and Insolvent Trading” in C. Rickett and R. Grantham (eds.) Corporate Personality in the 20th Century (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 1998) 127-148

“Insolvency Policy and Voluntary Administrations in New Zealand” in C. Rickett (ed.) Essays on Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency (Wellington: Brookers, 1996) 120-143

"Introduction to the Personal Property Securities Regime" Chapter 40 in Morison's Company and Securities Law (Butterworths, June 2002) pp 1103-1132 [revised and updated 2004, 2006-2014] pp. 5,385, 001 - 5,385, 260.

“Scope of the Personal Property Securities Act 1999” Chapter 41 in Morison's Company and Securities Law (Wellington: Butterworths, August 2002) 1149-1171 [revised and updated 2004, 2006-2014] pp. 5,393, 001 - 5,393, 210

“Creation and Enforceability of Security Interests” Chapter 42 in Morison's Company and Securities Law (Wellington: Butterworths, August 2002) 1181-1201 [revised and updated 2004, 2006-2014] pp. 5,443, 001 – 5,443, 208

“Priority between Security Interests” Chapter 43 in Morison's Company and Securities Law (Wellington: Butterworths, December 2002) 1301-1334. [revised and updated 2004, 2006-2014] pp. 5,453, 001 – 5,453, 252

“Priority between Security Interests and Other Interests” Chapter 44, in Morison's Company and Security Law (Wellington: Butterworths, February 2003) 1335-1352. [revised and updated 2004, 2006-2014] pp:  5,463, 001 ¬– 5,463, 208.

Book Reviews

Review of Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America, by David Skeel (Princeton University Press, 2001) (2006) 16(5) Law and Politics Book Review 349-352.

Review of Enforcing Securities (Law Book Company, 1994), by John Greig and Bryan Horrigan (eds) (1996) 16 New Zealand Universities Law Review 108-111

Commissioned Reports

Bruce Welling and Thomas Telfer, “The Scope of the Winding-Up and Restructuring Act:  A Report Prepared for the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation” (March 2011)

Thomas Telfer, Mary Anne Waldron, David Young and Lisa Peters, “Canada Interest Act:  Report of the Working Group” (A Report Prepared for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Annual Conference, Quebec 2008)

“Preliminary Background Paper on the Canada Interest Act” (A Report Prepared for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Annual Conference, Charlottetown 2007) 27 pages.

Thomas Telfer and Bruce Welling, “Report on the Winding-Up and Restructuring Act:  A Report Prepared for the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation” (November 2006) 51 pages.

Preliminary Paper on the Law of Personal Exemptions from Seizure: A Report for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (A Report Prepared for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Annual Conference, Regina 2004) 34 pages.

"Directors' Duties in the Context of Insolvency: A Review of ss135 and 136 of the Companies Act 1993" (A Report Prepared for the Ministry of Economic Development, Wellington: December 2000) 40 pages

Submissions on Law Reform

A. Anand, Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Vaughan Black, Tamara Buckwold, Ronald CC. Cuming, Anthony J. Duggan, Thomas G. W. Telfer, Roderick J. Wood, Jacob Zigel, “Submissions on Statute c.47 and Statute c.12: The Wage Earner Protection Program Act, and Amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act” Presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce” (February, 2008)

J. Ziegel, Vaughan Black, Anthony Duggan, Thomas Telfer, "The Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment Act, 2002: Submission on Bill 180 to the Ontario Legislative Assembly and to the Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs" (December 2002)

J. Ziegel, V. Black, R. Cuming, E. Edinger, I. Ramsay, T. Telfer & R. Wood, "Submissions on Amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act" Presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (23 May 2003).

T. Telfer, "Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Repayment Plans in New Zealand" Submission to the Ministry of Economic Development, July 2001.