Protecting and promoting the interests of Parliaments, Legislatures and their Members has never been more important.  We live in a world that focuses on centres of power, and the exercise of rights, and less on the democratic institutions that are equally responsible for protecting rights and the balance between good government, law and democracy.

Chaplin Law Office is here to provide advice and representation on the Law of Parliament, and Constitutional and Administrative Law relating to Parliament and the Legislatures.

Steven Chaplin was called to the Bar in 1987 and from 2002 to 2017 was Counsel in the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons in Ottawa.  He is a member of the Canadian Association of Parliamentary Counsel and served as its President in 2015.  He has represented the House of Commons in a number of proceedings, at all levels of court, involving parliamentary privilege and the constitutional relationship of the legislative branch to the government.  Steven has been an Adjunct Professor in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa since January 2020. He publishes articles on the the law as it relates to Parliament and Legislatures, and has presented papers at meetings of the Canadian Association of Parliamentary Counsel as well as university conferences.  In January 2021 he was appointed Fellow of the uOttawa Public Law Centre.

Chaplin Law Office

24 Arundel Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario

K1K0B6 Canada