Frank Newbould

Hon. Frank J.C. Newbould, K.C.



Frank has earned a reputation as a “giant” in commercial law from his career spent as a judge, counsel and arbitrator.

Frank spent more than 10 years as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including most recently as Team Leader of the Commercial List in Toronto, the country’s first and busiest commercial court.  Cases he heard included domestic and cross-border insolvency matters, corporate amalgamations and reorganizations, proceedings for relief under business corporation statutes including oppression actions, and other complex commercial matters and disputes.  Among his numerous high profile cases, Justice Newbould conducted the first cross-border joint trial in Canada with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court in the global proceedings involving the Nortel Networks group of companies to determine entitlement to US$7.3 billion in proceeds of sale, using state-of-the-art technology.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he acted as litigation counsel in many large and complex commercial matters, including appearing 18 times at the Supreme Court of Canada.   He has been recognized in all major professional directories including Chambers Global, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and the Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada.  In 2016, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.

Professional Involvement

Frank is a

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Chartered Arbitrator with the ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Queen's Counsel (1981)
  • Past Director of the Advocate's Society
  • Past President of the Lawyers’ Club of Toronto

Recent professional appearances include:


  • LL.B (University of Toronto) 1967
  • B.A. (Honours – Math and Economics) (Queen’s University) 1964