Dawne Way Law specializes in representing victims of crime and witnesses in criminal and quasi-criminal proceedings. Dawne’s primary focus is advocating for and representing sexual assault survivors, including trial preparation and privacy protection. Dawne represents complainants in sexual assault cases when the defence lawyer applies for permission to ask questions about the complainant’s sexual history, also known as a s. 276 application. She also represents and advises organizations such as hospitals, counselling services, women’s shelters and corporations in criminal law matters and their obligations when subpoenaed. As a leader in the legal profession, Way Law will train other lawyers and organizations on victim’s rights.

Trial preparation, independent legal advice, advice on the criminal process, representation in court

Advice on the criminal process and obligations when subpoenaed, staff training, representation in court

Advice regarding tribunal complaints such as College of Physicians and Surgeons and others


“I was connected to Dawne through the independent legal advice program and could not be more satisfied with her service. As a victim of sexual violence, navigating the legal process was an emotional challenge. Dawne provided professional advice in a trauma-informed way with a high level of expertise. Her assistance helped me gain the confidence to appear in court, and nevertheless, provided me with substantial knowledge of legal proceedings. I am forever grateful to have been connected to Dawne, and highly recommend her to sexual assault victims navigating the daunting legal system.“

Sexual assault survivor

“It was a huge relief to meet Dawne. She was professional, sensitive and capably prepared our son for providing his testimony and dealing with a cross-examination as the victim of a crime. Her vast legal experience and knowledge of sexual abuse cases was appreciated not only by my husband and I but more importantly by our son. She provided him with confidence the first time they met, was available for any questions he had in the coming days and he found her presence in the courtroom to be calming when he was on the witness stand.“

Parent of Victim

“I have worked with Dawne on many occasions in criminal court and have always found her to be professional, prepared and well-versed in the law. She zealously represents her client’s interests while maintaining a civil and non-combative demeanor. I wish I had Dawne on every case! I was so impressed with her knowledge of the law that I had her provide training to our in-house staff of 20 lawyers.”

Manager Of Legal Services Department

“As general counsel for a large corporation, I retained Dawne to act on our behalf when a third  party initiated a court proceeding to gain access to personal health information held by the corporation.  We quickly learned that Dawne knew this area of law very well and was passionate about her work. Her written and oral submissions to the court were powerful, resulting in a positive outcome.   Dawne’s explanations were excellent as the process continued from one phase to another and she was  a pleasure to work with.  I would definitely retain her again.”

General Counsel Of Large Corporation