OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

"Market-leading firm with a pre-eminent public procurement practice."

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016

Regarded as the best team in the country, the Blakes Procurement group has unrivalled expertise in advising on procurement matters and in resolving related disputes. Our multidisciplinary team counsels both public authorities and private-sector clients on all types of procurement matters and in all sectors. We represent clients on matters involving municipal, provincial, national and international levels of government. In addition, our Procurement Litigation team assists clients in resolving all manner of disputes related to both public and private procurement processes, including novel cases involving the judicial review of procurement decisions.

We have advised on some of the world’s most complex procurement projects and on award-winning projects. The Blakes team has been at the forefront of some of Canada's largest procurement processes involving multiple stakeholders across a wide range of industry sectors. We are recognized in the global arena, representing and advising international governments and organizations on competitive procurement processes and elements in emerging markets for significant, multi-jurisdictional infrastructure procurement projects around the world.

Procurement Governance and Template Development

Our team advises both public-sector and private-sector clients on the development and implementation of enterprise-wide procurement policies and procedures ensuring compliance with the client’s procurement law obligations and internal governance requirements as well as reflecting global best practices.

We also regularly assist clients in the development of template procurement documentation, the creation of implementation tools and we often provide training to ensure consistent deployment of procurement tools and adherence to procurement policies. Our team has also been retained to survey clients’ existing procurement governance frameworks and actual on-the-ground procurement practices and make recommendations to align the client’s policies and procedures with international best practices for public or private procurement.

Procurement Projects

The Blakes team is regularly retained by clients to manage large complex procurement processes from conception to award. We often work with clients in circumstances where there is a novel commercial structure, where the project is a unique or particularly complex acquisition or for situations where a client is seeking to outsource a particular service for the first time. In many cases, these are high-profile projects where the client’s procurement reputation is on the line and expert management is a necessity. These projects require creativity in the development of the procurement process, procurement documentation and engagement with bidders and stakeholders in order to effectively meet the client’s objectives.

Our team is regularly called upon by clients in circumstances where a routine procurement process encounters challenges, whether related to evaluation, fairness, disqualification, negotiation or award. Our experience and practical approach to issue resolution allows us to work with clients to find a solution that meets their business objective while managing any procurement risks.

The Blakes team also assists domestic and international bidder clients in navigating complex procurement environments in Canada and understanding the evolving legal procurement landscape.

Procurement Disputes

Our litigators are skilled at resolving procurement disputes and bid protests through negotiation and litigation. We have represented both procurement authority and bidder clients in Canada’s trial and appellate courts, including the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative tribunals, including the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Whenever possible, we use alternative dispute resolution techniques to quickly and cost effectively resolve disputes.


Representative Matters

  • Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT design, build, finance and maintain project which was the largest infrastructure project in Canada in 2015.
  • Infrastructure Ontario on a number of projects including: the sports venues for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, the Sheppard Maintenance and Storage Facility, the Southwest Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre and the Ministry of Government Services Data Centre.
  • Infrastructure Ontario on all aspects of the Ontario Nuclear Procurement Project — one of the most complex infrastructure projects in Ontario.
  • Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres with respect to template procurement and contract documents for professional medical services and medical equipment.
  • Municipal Property Assessment Corporation with respect to procurement governance and template development and implementation.
  • Toronto Transit Commission with respect to procurement disputes and ongoing procurement advice.
  • A number of municipalities with respect to the procurement of large-scale infrastructure, including the cities of Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Hamilton.
  • A public-sector agency with respect to procurement governance, template implementation and procurement dispute resolution.
  • A number of Crown agencies with respect to resolution of challenges to procurement processes.
  • A public sector agency with respect to the resolution of a judicial review challenge to a procurement process.
  • A multinational technology company with respect to bidding issues on a number of federal government procurement processes.
  • A major Canadian financial institution with respect to the development of template procurement documents and providing ongoing procurement advice.
  • World Bank and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on competitive procurement processes for infrastructure projects in emerging markets. Our templates have been tested and identified by the World Bank to be a “global best practice."
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

​Members of the Procurement group are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Procurement Group Leader Judy Wilson has been honoured as a "Public Procurement Lawyer of the Year 2013" (global) by Who's Who Legal
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2479
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Procurement, Infrastructure, Middle East, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5275
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3255
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement
Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9681
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Construction
Firm Managing Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2748
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, China, India, Africa, Korea, Middle East, Latin America, United States, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4011
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Media & Defamation, Corporate Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Arbitration, Securities Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3318
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Power, Project Finance, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Construction, Nuclear Energy, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4253
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Power, Procurement, Technology, Banking, Public-Private Partnerships, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4100
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Capital Markets, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3047
Areas of Expertise: Product Liability, Class Actions, Drugs & Medical Devices, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Procurement, Cannabis, Aboriginal
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5089
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Procurement, Public-Private Partnerships, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Competition Litigation, Securities Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Media & Defamation, Insurance
Office Managing Partner | Bahrain, Al-Khobar, Riyadh
Bahrain: +973-1715-1523
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Riyadh: +973-3620-7999
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
Senior Counsel | Calgary
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 | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4016
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Product Liability, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Insurance, IP Litigation, Procurement
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4077
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Infrastructure, Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5289
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3156
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Construction, Gaming, Life Sciences, District Energy, Nuclear Energy
Senior Counsel | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3313
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Corporate Governance, Procurement, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5820
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Construction, Outsourcing, Nuclear Energy, Government & Public Sector, Defence
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