Clayton Spencer

3575 Cochrane Street
Whitby, Ontario L1R2P2
Office Phone: 905-665-1667
Member since 2014
Membership Type: IACP



Clayton R. Spencer practices exclusively in the area of Family Law. Mr. Spencer was called to the bar in 1998, and has provided Family Law services to the Residents of Durham Region since that time. Mr. Spencer provides a broad range of Family Law services, including divorce, custody and access, child and spousal support, property division, child protection, and collaborative services. Mr. Spencer is also a trained arbitrator, and his services are available to help you resolve your Family Law disputes.

Mr. Spencer obtained his Level II Collaborative Team training in 2007. Mr. Spencer strongly believes that the collaborative process results in better and more cost-efficient outcomes for those who are separating form their spouses. He encourages the use of alternate dispute resolution, where appropriate.

Mr. Spencer is also an experienced Family Court litigator. Mr. Spencer is respected by his peers, and was appointed a Family Court Dispute Resolution Officer when that program was introduced to Durham Region in 2011.

Area(s) of Practice: Family Law

Professional Activities

OTHER PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, INVOLVEMENT IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, TEACHING, PUBLICATIONS: Panel member of Legal Aid Area Committee for Durham Region - November, 2002 to present. Member of Durham Region Child Protection Best Practices Committee - September, 2005 to present. Member of Professional Development sub-committee - November, 2005 to present. Member of Item Writing panel in March and October, 2006, and October, 2007, for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission course. Co-author of Emergency Motions Toolkit for Volunteers and Staff Supporting Abused Women Through the Family Court Process, Luke’s Place. Author of a six pamphlet series providing step-by-step procedural assistance for unrepresented litigants in child protection proceedings in Durham Region. Pamphlets are used and distributed by Durham Legal Aid Duty Counsel and Durham Children’s Aid Society. Durham College – instructor of Family Law course for Law Clerk program, 2011. Durham Family Court Clinic – Instructor, Child Support Seminar, May 20, 2008. Freelance contributor to the All Canada Weekly Summaries - June, 1998 to November, 2005. Member, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario (Family Law Section). Member, Durham Region Law Association. Member, Collaborative Practice Durham Region. Member, Family Law Duty Counsel Panel, 1999 to present. The Law Society of Upper Canada Tutoring Program – October 22, 2012, March 5, 2013, and October 22, 2013. COMMUNITY & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Volunteer at Advice Clinic, Luke’s Place, 2009 to present. Luke’s Place is a resource centre for women and children who have suffered from abuse located in Oshawa, Ontario. Volunteer on Luke’s Place Legal Advisory Committee. Volunteered at Bethesda House in Bowmanville, Ontario, a women’s shelter. Volunteered at the Community Legal Services office at the University of Western Ontario

Undergraduate Education

Specialist B.A. (History) - The University of Toronto, 1988-1992

Professional Education

LL.B. - The University of Western Ontario, 1994-1996