When engaged in construction, a host of issues may arise such as environmental regulation, First Nations rights and labour management. Timely resolution of these issues and identifying potential future issues before they occur saves time and resources.

The Blakes Construction group advises on all aspects of construction, including project development and financing, drafting and structuring of construction contracts, insolvencies, insurance, risk management, and dispute resolution. We have represented clients on projects of all sizes, including energy, manufacturing, transportation and other infrastructure projects, from conception through completion in Canada, the United States and abroad.

Clients seek our advice on all types of public and private commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects, public-private partnerships, project finance, alternative financing arrangements, and procurement matters. We also assist clients with construction management, requests for proposal and tender processes, as well as risk identification, allocation, mitigation and avoidance. Employing a multidisciplinary team of transactional lawyers and litigators enables us to offer comprehensive, cost-effective representation, including advice at all stages of a project on the various issues that arise such as environmental, infrastructure, tax, employment and finance challenges, as well as provide dispute resolution services.

Our litigation lawyers have appeared before all levels of courts and in alternative dispute resolution forums representing owners, developers, contractors, trades and suppliers, as well as lenders on all types of construction-related claims. Clients retain Blakes construction lawyers on a wide range of complex construction issues involving design-build contracts, delay claims, claims for extras and claims for defective workmanship and supplies, employment and labour disputes, and claims regarding contaminated properties, regulated substances and use of allegedly defective materials. The group also acts on smaller matters that require the protection of lien rights and the efficient and effective collection of contract accounts.

Representative Matters:


  • Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) representing a consortium for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new university hospital complex of international calibre. The project was awarded the 2011 North American Project Bond Deal of the Year Award, presented by Project Finance International, and the 2011 Overall North America Project Finance Deal of the Year Grand Jury Award.
  •  Infrastructure Ontario with respect to the construction of multiple sporting venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
  • Carillion Canada Inc. advised a consortium led by Carillion Canada Inc. and including Peter Kiewit Sons Co. and Macquarie North America Ltd., on its bid for a section of the Northeast Stoney Trail (Calgary Ring Road) in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on a design-build-finance-maintain project for a new detention centre in Toronto.
  • City of Greater Sudbury on a design-build-finance-maintain project for a new biosolids facility and related upgrading of existing city water and wastewater facilities.
  • City of Montréal in the successful defence of a C$63-million lawsuit, one of the longest and most complex trials in the history of Quebec, launched following the cancellation of a major construction project. The case also gave rise to a precedent-setting decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on solicitor-client privilege.
  • ACE INA in an insurance coverage dispute with Liberty International relating to a C$10-million settlement in a multi-party, highly complex construction defect litigation; the action raises significant unresolved issues in Canadian law
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on a variety of construction matters, including a C$65-million lawsuit against a contractor relating to cost overruns and delays in construction of part of an oil sands facility
  • AMEC Americas Limited on a significant construction matter involving a magnesium oxide plant in Jordan; AMEC is being sued by its Turkish joint venture partner over breach of various agreements; the matter is multinational and involves over 600,000 documents and approximately C$60-million to C$80-million in damages


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Partner | Montréal
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Partner | Calgary
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Associate | Calgary
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Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Energy, Oil & Gas, Construction, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3318
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Toronto: 416-863-4253
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Partner | Montréal
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Office Managing Partner | Bahrain, Al-Khobar, Riyadh
Bahrain: +973-1715-1523
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Riyadh: +11-418-7433
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Construction, Public-Private Partnerships, Power, Middle East, Africa, India, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring
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Calgary: 403-260-9623
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Energy, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Procurement, Construction, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Latin America
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3386
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Public-Private Partnerships, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Construction, REITs, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG, Aboriginal
Office Managing Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9648
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Energy, Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, IP Litigation
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9752
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Construction, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Oil & Gas, Major Projects, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Middle East
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Calgary: 403-260-9619
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Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9640
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