Tino works out of Reisler Franklin’s London office.
Tino was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied law combined with business studies at the University of Staffordshire in England before immigrating to Canada in 2004. Following this, she graduated from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in 2007 and was called to the Bar in 2008.
Her practice is primarily focused on insurance defence, acting for domestic and foreign insurers on all manner of insurance litigation matters, including marine accidents, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, farm accidents, coverage opinions, property damage, product liability, environmental liability, professional liability, accident benefits and inter-insurer disputes.
During her career, Tino has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and various administrative tribunals. She has extensive trial experience, including complex jury trials.
Tino has represented insurers and individuals at trial and complicated motions on a number of areas of the law, for example:
- Successfully defended a commercial tenant against allegations of breach of contract. In that case, the tenant, a general surgeon, was unable to operate his medical practice due to the disrepair of the building, found replacement premises and notified the landlord that it was terminating the lease. In response, the landlord sued for breach of contract, claiming damages. In turn, the tenant counter-claimed for fundamental breach of contract. At trial, the Court dismissed the landlord’s action and allowed the tenant’s counter-claim for fundamental breach of contract. More info…
- Successfully opposed a motion by the plaintiffs, to set aside the Registrar’s order dismissing their action against the insurer for delay. The dismissed action arose from the insurer’s denial to indemnify the plaintiffs for a house fire that occurred under the suspicious circumstances. The court agreed with the insurer that there was no reasonable explanation for the delay in moving the action along and affirmed the dismissal order. More info…
- Was largely successful on a motion for the production of documents from a plaintiff where the contentious issue in the action was the extent of the plaintiff’s pre-existing medical history due to previous accidents. The court ruled that the main documents sought by the insurer at the hearing were relevant to an understanding of the plaintiff’s disability and impairment of function prior to the accident. Costs for the motion were awarded to the insurer. More info…