Colin Morley and Wife Marilyn at Hick Morley

TORONTO — Colin Morley, one of the founding partners of Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP 52 years ago, passed away on Feb. 1, 2024 at the age of 95.

Morley was admitted to the bar in 1953 and started his career as a labour lawyer at Stelco. Shortly after, Morley joined Bob Hicks, Fred Hamilton and Bruce Stewart at Miller, Thomson, Hicks & Sedgwick, where they were eventually joined by their fifth founding partner, Tom Storie.

Morley quickly became one of the preeminent labour lawyers in Canada, bringing a particular expertise in collective bargaining and rights arbitration. He acted for numerous private-sector clients in the steel, manufacturing and media sectors.

“We’re privileged to have worked with, learned from and been inspired by Colin,” said Craig Rix, managing partner in a statement. “He was an incredible mentor and took great care in sharing his expertise with young lawyers as they began their careers. He’ll be remembered not only for the remarkable contributions he made to our firm and the field of labour law, but for his pride in his family, his dedication to his faith and his involvement with his community. Colin’s extraordinary legacy will live on in the work we all do at Hicks Morley as we remain ever-grateful for his role in establishing the firm and defining the principles that continue to guide us today.”


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