Bart Sarsh is an associate lawyer at SimpsonWigle LAW LLP and has been with the firm since his Call to the Ontario Bar. He is a member of the litigation and bankruptcy/insolvency practice groups.
As a member of the bankruptcy/insolvency practice group, Bart provides strategic advice and representation on:
- proposals under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, including reviving proposals that have been annulled for default in payments;
- competing priority claims to assets;
- fraudulent transactions;
- suing and defending persons who are intending to, or have gone, bankrupt;
- representing and defending claims of landlords where a tenant threatens to go, or has gone, bankrupt;
- hardship applications for discharge of student loans in bankruptcy;
- challenging and defending a bankruptcy discharge;
- claiming an entitlement on behalf of a creditor to an award of damages in favor of a bankrupt person; and
- assisting bankrupt persons during examinations of their financial affairs under oath.
Bart acts for trustees, creditors, debtors, and other stakeholders in the insolvency and restructuring process. He also provides legal opinions on risk management and asset protection strategies to individual and corporate clients.
Bart also carries on a litigation practice that is focused on commercial and business disputes involving the following:
- suing to recover payment of promissory notes, debentures, and other types of debts;
- collection of Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits on behalf of businesses, including defending such claims;
- repossessing assets subject to Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act;
- providing legal opinions on the legal validity and enforceability of assets secured by Ontario’s Personal Property Security Act;
- reviewing and providing legal opinions about real estate-related documents such as listing agreements, buyer representation agreements, leases, agreements of purchase and sale, and offers to buy or sell land;
- suing and defending claims brought by shareholders of a corporation;
- suing and defending claims of business partners;
- suing and defending claims for negligent home inspections, structural defects to homes and commercial buildings, including non-disclosure of such deficiencies;
- challenging settlements in a lawsuit due to fraud;
- suing and defending claims for defective consumer and industrial equipment;
- applying on behalf of a policyholder to a court to determine if there is coverage under a commercial or home insurance policy for an event that has caused property damage or other loss; and
- representing persons where there is a dispute about the interpretation of a written consumer or commercial agreement.
Bart regularly appears before the Ontario courts both individually and alongside other members of the SimpsonWigle LAW LLP commercial litigation practice group, especially on complex trials.
Prior to law school, Bart actively managed a private family business while completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Bart regularly participates in community and charitable events within and outside the legal profession.
Admissions & Affiliations
- Called to the Ontario Bar – 2010
- Ontario Bar Association
- Halton County Law Association
- Hamilton Law Association
- LL.B. University of Ottawa – 2009
- M.A. University of Toronto – 2005
- B.A. York University – 2004