Below are a few of the comments I have received from clients in the past. The names have been omitted in order to protect the confidentiality of the clients as well as to comply with Law Society of Upper Canada.

This client was charged with Manslaughter. Following a three week jury trial the client was acquitted of all charges, the jury came back after less than 3 hours of deliberation.

"Hi Brendan,

I just wanted to say thank you for bringing out the truth in my little brothers court proceedings. I was extremely impressed with your litigation style and the manner in which you handled the case. It is nice to have ****** back with us and I see a real promising future for him.

Thanks again."


Client charged with two separate incidents of possession of marijuana. After being offered diversion on the first charge client was re-arrested and original diversion cancelled. Through negotiation with crown and the provision of positive information about the client crown agreed to give the client another chance at diversion but this time for both charges.


Thanks for the work on *****s behalf, I appreciate it very much. I'm not sure ***** understands how lucky he was to avoid two convictions.

The Crown said that after carefully reviewing the files he had "reluctantly" agreed to alternative sanctions and the judge, clearly surprised, confirmed---"on both charges?" The judge then spoke directly to ***** telling him that never before had he seen such lenient treatment in such circumstances."

Client charged with numerous historical charges with a history of mental health issues. Client was finally discharged absolutely after submissions made to the court and crown.

"I just wanted to thank you very much for your considerate assistance in drawing this matter at long last to a close for Mr. *****.

You went above and beyond the call of duty and I am certain that Mr. ***** appreciates your efforts as much as I do.

Many thanks.

Yours very truly

Stewart Esten


Peter Douglas"

This Client was charged with Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking. Following submissions the court agreed that a conditional discharge was appropriate resulting in no criminal record for the client.

"Mr. Neil:

Just a short note to thank you for all of the hard work and effort you put into representing ****** in court.  ****** and I are very pleased with the outcome of the trial and know that it was all because of your expertise.  It has been a pleasure dealing with you over these last few months.  I must say, it was an enlightening experience, hopefully one that I will not have to revisit.

Once again, thank you very much!!!

Sincerest best wishes!"


Client's charged with Break and Enter into a residence. Through negotiation with crown counsel and submissions to the court client's granted a conditional discharge.

"Thank you for all you did for my son *******


"We all appreciate you as a professional yet a kind and understanding human being, thank you so much for your time and concerns.


This client had an ongoing dispute with the father of her child involving allegations of drug and physical abuse. Following numerous court appearances the client received sole custody of her child as well as restraining order against the abusive father.

"Thank you so very much for everything that you are helping me with. Most of all Thank you for your kindness. It is people like you who make a difference in the world, it is people like you I admire everyday. It takes courage and a kind heart to do what you do everyday. It's people like you I'll always remember & be grateful to. So when people say there's no angels it's not true, because it is people like you and your wife who show the true meaning of what angels are. they guide and protect us and that's what you do everyday."


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Brendan Neil Barrister & Solicitor Criminal Trial Lawyer
Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law