Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Proposals
Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out. Bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring and consumer proposals are an opportunity to hit the reset button. The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act is the starting point to determine the next steps when there is an inability to service debt and pay creditors. We’ll work with trustees in bankruptcy, banks, credit card companies and Canada Revenue Agency to help you overcome the challenges and put you in the best position possible to move ahead, start over and maintain your reputation.
We advise conservation authorities on their obligations under the Conservation Authorities Act. We are able to assist with real estate matters, license and tenancy agreements, enforcement and prosecution matters and freedom of information requests.
We advise clients on development agreements, real estate transactions and absolute title. We advise on bids, construction contracts, liens and other disputes. We can help you incorporate and organize your company, create shareholder agreements and deal with sub-trades, contractors and employees. We will work with you to achieve success and maximize your profits on each and every job.
Corporate & Commercial
Investment, innovation, corporate responsibility – these are at the heart of successful companies. Let us help you incorporate, organize and provide security against risk. We represent clients on commercial transactions making sure you are protected and positioned to profit.
Criminal and Strict Liability Offences
We provide prosecution services to municipalities and other public sector bodies. Companies retain us to defend against environmental, workplace safety and other types of statutory violations. We represent individuals in defense of charges against them. We accept legal aid certificates. We advocate for the best interests of our clients.
We advise on the Education Act and legal issues facing school boards including commercial transactions, real estate and development, civil litigation, human rights and Constitutional issues, employment and labour, development charges, taxation, information access and privacy, policy and governance.
Elections are the foundation of democracy. They are hard fought, passionate and all about change. Fairness is and must be paramount. We advise municipalities, school boards, candidates at all levels and involved citizens on election legislation including challenging the process and outcomes in court when necessary. We assist campaigns in meeting all election finance and campaign rules and filings.
Employers trust us to provide timely advice when dealing with disciplinary matters or termination. Employees rely on us to frankly assess workplace challenges and achieve fair notice and pay.
We advise on compliance with the Environmental Protection Act including record of site condition, environmental assessments, contamination and remediation.
We represent clients that are going through divorce and separation. We deal with all aspects of custody, child and spousal support and division of family property. We are strong advocates for our family law clients without injecting unnecessary acrimony into the process. We accept legal aid certificates. Divorce and separation is hard; we try to get you through it as efficiently and respectfully as possible.
We help farm families and farming corporations with the business of farming. We draft and review contracts, leases, licenses and other business agreements. We assist with forming companies, partnerships, joint ventures, trusts, inter-generational transfers and estate planning matters. We are able to deal with all of your real estate needs including planning, building and development applications. We represent clients before the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board and the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. We defend farmers charged with offences under the Provincial Offences Act.
We assist individuals and businesses with a variety of immigration needs including permanent and temporary residency, temporary foreign worker program, denied applications and cross-border challenges.
We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, construction liens, bankruptcy and various other personal and business disputes. We appear before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts. We have resolved disputes through mediation and arbitration. Litigation is expensive. Our goal is to get you to a solution sooner rather than later, as efficiently as possible.
Municipal & Land Use Planning
We represent municipalities, taxpayers, residents’ associations, contractors, business operators and developers in all aspects of municipal and land use planning law. We deal with business licensing, taxation, prosecutions and approvals on behalf of our clients. Our municipal clients rely on us to take care of all of their real estate needs, to draft and review by-laws and commercial agreements, advise on procurement and dispositions, elections, parliamentary procedure, conflicts of interest, MFIPPA (privacy and information access) and tax assessment appeals.
We are available when you buy, sell and mortgage your home. We have experience with commercial transactions, leases, resolving title issues and obtaining title insurance.
We advise clients on income tax, GST/HST, retail sales tax and property tax issues. We file and act on objections and appeals and appear before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Assessment Review Board.
We assist on trademark, copyright and patents by providing access and referrals to protect your intellectual property rights. We initiate on behalf of our clients and defend against claims for defamation, slander and libel including those annoying bad online business reviews. We advise on click-through agreements, licenses and royalty agreements.
Wills & Estates
We draft wills and powers of attorney. We advise on estate planning matters, assist with the administration of estates and act on behalf of clients in estate, power of attorney and guardian disputes.