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About Us; History

The origins of Ecclestone, Hamer, Poisson, Neuwald & Freeman date back to 1939 when Alfred Meadows Ecclestone was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Like most young men of his time, he was soon called to service in the Canadian Army, but not before securing a place in the law offices of Andrew Schuyler, Q.C. Andrew Shuyler had previously practiced with Ludwig, Shuyler and Fisher, a firm which dated back to pre-World War I days.

Upon his return from active service in Europe in World War II, Alf Ecclestone completed his military duties in the Adjutant General’s Office, the legal division of the army. After leaving the service, Alf Ecclestone returned to the offices of Andrew Shuyler. There he embarked upon almost 50 years of distinguished practice of law. His illustrious service was recognized in 1958 when he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. For many years the firm was known as Shuyler, Ecclestone, Green and Chykaliuk, following which the roots of the modern firm were planted in 1981 with the formation of Ecclestone, Chykaliuk, Allan & Hamer.

Following the deaths of Alfred Ecclestone in 1992 and Michael Chykaliuk in 1993, the present day EHPNF evolved. Our current partnership of Tom Hamer, Brian Poisson, Charles Neuwald, Michael Freeman and Simon Valleau has carried on Alf Ecclestone’s tradition of a commitment to the delivery of high quality legal services at reasonable cost to a wide community in the Greater Toronto Area.