Khurrum Awan is a commercial and constitutional litigator in Miller Thomson’s Regina office. His commercial litigation experience includes acting on a variety of contractual disputes, construction claims, defective product claims and class actions, where he has served as counsel on some of the leading cases in Saskatchewan. Khurrum has significant experience working with insurance defence clients in settling and defending a broad range of commercial disputes.
Khurrum’s practice also includes all areas of constitutional law. He has served as counsel to crown corporations and public school boards in defending and pursuing public interest Charter claims. He has advised administrative tribunals on procedural fairness requirements, and crown corporations on legislative requirements in various areas, including occupational health and safety, statutory charges, privacy and information sharing, and appointment and dismissal of directors and employees.
Khurrum has a variety of litigation experience, including trials, appeals and chambers applications before the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Selected as one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, a group of 40 young leaders, thinkers and change-makers under 40 helping to shape Saskatchewan’s future (2013)
- Dean’s Fellow for Constitutional Law, Osgoode Hall Law School (2006)
- Osgoode Hall Law School Scholarship for Academic Achievement in Second Year Law (2006)
- McMillan LLP Scholarship for Academic Achievement in First Year Law (2005)
- Good Spirit School Division v. Christ the Teacher RCSSD No. 212 & Government of Saskatchewan – Served at trial counsel to Saskatchewan’s public school boards in a 12-week trial challenging the constitutionality of public funding for the attendance of non-Catholic students at Catholic separate schools.
- AGCO Canada Ltd and Kramer Ltd. v. James and Merrylynne Coward, 2016 SKQB 205 – Successfully defended a claim for breach of various statutory warranties brought against AGCO Canada Ltd. for alleged defects in agricultural machinery purchased by the plaintiffs.
- Good Spirit School Division v. Christ the Teacher RCSSD No. 212 & Government of Saskatchewan, 2016 SKQB 148 – Successfully pursued an application seeking admission of evidence of legislative impact on non-parties to the action, in the context of constitutional litigation. Recognized for the clarity of submissions at para. 39 judgement.
- Good Spirit School Division v. Christ the Teacher RCSSD No. 212 & Government of Saskatchewan, (6 August, 2015) Yorkton, QBG 118/2005 (Sask. QB) – Successfully opposed an application seeking to sever the trial of the substantive merits of a constitutional claim from the issue of standing.
- Bruce Junker v. The Workers Compensation Board of Saskatchewan et. al., 2014 SKQB 253 – Successfully secured an order striking a claim alleging improper treatment of the plaintiff’s workers’ compensation claim.
- Roberts Properties Inc. v. Saskatchewan Power Corporation et. al., 2014 SKQB 245 – Successfully opposed an application to certify a proposed class action alleged improper levying of certain charges for the supply of electricity to apartment buildings.
- Horner v. Saskatchewan, 2013 SKQB 340 – Successfully secured an order striking a constitutional, Charter claim for alleged discrimination arising from the termination upon remarriage, of workers’ compensation benefits paid to spouses of deceased workers.
- Good Spirit School Division v. Christ the Teacher RCSSD No. 212 & Government of Saskatchewan, 2012 SKQB 343 – Successfully opposed an application to strike a constitutional claim for alleged lack of merit and lack of standing.
- Duzan v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc., 2011 SKQB 118 – Successfully secured an order striking a proposed class action for an allegedly defective pharmaceutical product as an abuse of process.
- Presentation to the Senate Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Legislation regarding the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Legislation (2006)
- Presentation to the Federal Parliamentary Standing Committee on Immigration and Citizenship on the constitutionality of proposed changes to Canada’s citizenship laws (2005)
- “Constitutional Protection for Multiculturalism in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Open Minds forum on Public Issues, University of Regina (2012)
- Director, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Federal Riding Associations (2011-2013)
Bar admissions & education
- Saskatchewan Bar, 2010
- Ontario Bar, 2009
- LLB, Osgoode Hall, 2007
- B.Math with honours, Waterloo, 2005