Lawyer Profiles

Hillson Tse, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Hillson is a trial lawyer. Having practiced exclusively in criminal and regulatory throughout his entire career, he executes creative legal strategies so that his clients can receive the defence they need and deserve.

Hillson has represented clients at all levels of trial court in Ontario and Manitoba. He has secured acquittals for clients on serious charges ranging from sexual assault, assault cause bodily harm, and domestic violence. He has conducted 100+ contested criminal bail hearings and has secured bail for clients on offences ranging from attempted murder, firearm trafficking, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

Hillson’s practice focus is on sexual assault, domestic violence, and impaired driving defence. He has also defended clients on a range of other offences such as criminal negligence causing death/bodily harm, fraud, drug trafficking, and dangerous offender designations. He accepts Legal Aid criminal and Gladue matters on a case-by-case basis.

As a lawyer who understands technological trends, Hillson can handily leverage or attack electronic evidence in a criminal case. He follows and comments on cybercrime, cybersecurity, encryption, and fintech legal developments. If your criminal or regulatory problem involves sensitive internet or digital elements, contact him by encrypted email at hillsontse@protonmail.com

Hillson also defends individuals facing professional and academic investigations. When your career is at risk, you want a lawyer who has experience in both administrative tribunals and trial court. Hillson has worked previously as a student rights advocate and successfully defended students in university tribunals for academic misconduct or poor academic performance.

Hillson is an active member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. He is called to the Bar in Ontario and Manitoba.

Prior to practicing in Toronto, Hillson completed his articles at a leading criminal defence firm in Winnipeg. He was awarded the Dean Maxwell and Cohen Award course prize for Public International Law and was the Student Editor-in-Chief (Senior Editor) of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights. He also completed a summer Fellowship in Beijing with the United Nation Development Programme where he contributed to justice reform and rule of law projects. He maintains a keen interest in international criminal law and has been published in academic journals on international security issues.

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