The Partners, Associates and Staff deeply regret the passing of our friend, partner and colleague Frank Highley

February 2020

Frank was an icon in the London legal community and was instrumental in the birth and growth of the practice of insolvency law in Southwestern Ontario. He had a well-earned reputation of firmness, fairness, and honesty – values he instilled in the firm while managing it through thick and thin. Those who were close to Frank knew his caring soul – and we are all better people for it.

Frank was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to Ontario in the late 1960s after spending time in the Merchant Marine. By then, he had circumnavigated the globe, travelling from Liverpool to Canada, Australia, North Africa, and then back to Liverpool. It was while visiting Montreal that he decided to make Canada his home.

His first career was as a tool and die maker (following in his father’s footsteps). He then held his commercial pilot’s licence for a time and ultimately attended at the University of Windsor to obtain his law degree. Soon thereafter, he founded the litigation department at Harrison Elwood (now Harrison Pensa) and came to join our firm in 1990. From that time until his retirement from the partnership, he played a pivotal role in the success and continued growth of the firm.

We extend our most sincere sympathies to Frank’s family, including his rock, Paula.

Frank’s humour, wit and knowledge will be sorely missed by the firm. We have lost a colleague, a mentor and a friend.


Frank has 35 years of experience of debtor/creditor work at the local, national, and international level. He has appeared at all levels of Provincial Court on high profile matters and has taught extensively with respect to debtor/creditor matters, secured transactions, and bankruptcy/receivership matters. More →