Groupe Dupuis Paquin

Civil responsibility

In law, one can be held liable for a fault in two ways. Firstly, in criminal responsibility, the main purpose is to "punish" the guilty. While in civil responsibility, the purpose is to provide pecuniary compensation for the harm caused by the wrongful act.

Compensating the person who has suffered harm is the main concern of civil responsibility law. For this reason, the plaintiff claiming compensation needs to prove a "fault", "harm" and a "causal link" between the former and the latter.

Much of the legal debate on civil responsibility revolves around these three elements which, in many cases, are difficult to define. Other specific rules may also need to be considered, thus making the implementation of civil responsibility sometimes very complex.

Companies and their managers may face actions for civil responsibility in countless situations. They can be blamed for their actions by business partners, clients, citizens' groups, employees, managers, competitors, governments, etc. But likewise, companies and their managers can also be victims of the acts or omissions of others in many situations.

Whether they are victims or alleged perpetrators of a breach of contract or an extra-contractual breach, we will represent and advise companies and their managers in order to offer complete and sustainable solutions. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to offer solutions not only for today but also to ward off potential future disputes.

In this practice area, our team meets your needs in several ways, including:

  • Analysis of legal risks posed by corporate business practices;
  • Informal dispute resolution for matters related to liability for one's own acts, vicarious and product liability.
  • Representation in court in disputes related to civil responsibility including liability of employees, product liability and professional liability.