An expropriation concerns the taking of land by an authority permitted to do so by legislation in order to carry out a “public purpose”. The expropriation process is highly regulated, requiring all those involved to comply with strict timelines and rules in order to complete the taking and finalize the compensation and payment of other damages.
We are proud to have represented a variety of landowners and governmental authorities throughout the expropriation process. Our previous experience with respect to expropriations is wide-ranging and includes the 407-ETR, the vivaNext LTR, the Herb Gray Parkway and the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail.
Our approach to expropriation is collaborative and team-oriented. We have an experienced team of professionals who can help you navigate the complexities of the expropriation process from start to finish or at any point in between.
Land Use Planning
The land use planning and appeal process in Ontario is rapidly changing. Our team of professionals can provide you with up-to-date support in this new legal environment and provide the best in due diligence.
Our professionals have extensive experience with a wide-range of land use planning, municipal and development law issues, including municipal approvals, development agreements, Official Plan amendments, Zoning amendments, minor variance and consent approvals, clearance of conditions, development project management, OMB hearings and appearances before all levels of Ontario courts.
We assist landowners, developers, public agencies and municipalities who are tackling land use planning issues in this evolving landscape. Our experts have experience negotiating municipal staff in a collaborative manner to reduce lengthy and expensive fights with the authority and public.
Property Litigation/Civil Litigation
The issues that arise in property litigation are nuanced and distinct. Property owners need top-quality practical advice from professionals with experience in the field when involved in a property dispute. Our team is knowledgeable in a wide-range of property litigation matters, including commercial lease disputes and professional negligence and breach of contract cases.
We do not believe litigation is necessary in all cases and we will work hard with you to resolve issues that arise in an efficient manner. However, in the event litigation becomes necessary, we have extensive experience before all levels of Ontario courts, the Ontario Municipal Board, and arbitration panels. We are prepared to diligently and relentlessly pursue your interests.