Sharpe, William

Suite 307 – 40 Wynford Dr.
Toronto, Ontario  M3C 1J5

Tel:  416 – 482-5321
Fax: 416 – 322-2083


William Sharpe has an independent practice in maritime and transportation law and marine policy and regulatory development. He has assisted the progress of ships’ life cycles from naval architects to shipbreakers and has worked with a broad range of persons dealing with the shipping industry including ship and insurance brokers, marine insurers, forwarders, port operators, stevedores and cargo interests.  William Sharpe has commercial experience in shipbuilding agreements and commissioning into service, ship sale and purchase, financing, shipmanagement, repair and conversion, contracts of affreightment, charterparties and marine salvageHe has maritime and commercial litigation experience before all levels of Ontario courts and has appeared before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

William has acted as mediation and arbitration counsel and as a mediator and arbitrator in maritime cases.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Director, Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Arbitrating Member, Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Associate Member, Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association



  • B.A. (Trinity College, Toronto, 1977) L.L.B. (UofT, 1980)
  • Admitted to the Bar of Ontario 1982
  • Admitted to the Bar of British Columbia 1992