OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 


Blakes Construction group advises on all aspects of construction, including procurement, project development and financing, drafting and structuring of construction contracts, liens, prompt payment and payment adjudication, insolvencies, insurance, risk management, and dispute resolution. We have represented clients on projects of all sizes across industries and jurisdictions, including energy, manufacturing, transportation and other infrastructure projects, in Canada, the United States and abroad.

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, sureties and insurers on all types of construction-related claims. Clients retain Blakes on a wide range of complex construction issues involving design-build contracts, delay claims, claims for extras, 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.

Employing a multidisciplinary team of transactional lawyers and litigators from across the country enables us to offer comprehensive, cost-effective representation, including advice at all stages of a project on the various issues that arise. 


 

Representative Matters
 
Corporate/Commercial
  • City of Toronto on the procurement and design-build contract for the F.G. Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project (Jarvis to Cherry streets).
  • Ontario Power Generation on the development of their procurement and EPC, construction, engineered equipment supply and services contract templates.
  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on the procurement and construction and supply contracts for various hydro, wind and solar projects in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Litigation

  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on a the Narrows Inlet project, a multi-river hydro project, regarding the environmental assessment certificate conditions, requirements and proposed amendments, permitting and licence issues, environmental issues related to financing and construction, First Nations issues, and land issues.
  • A consortium of international insurers, including those in England, France, Germany, the United States and Canada, with respect to a coverage claim for C$500-million related to construction and refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station.
  • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on the Culliton Creek project in connection with dealings with subcontractors and related construction issues. Also advised on the environmental aspects of the construction of this run-of-the-river hydro project, including forest-fire risk and the ability to work during high-fire hazard, and advising on exemptions from the restrictions.
  • Intrawest ULC in various multimillion-dollar lawsuits relating to alleged construction deficiencies and defects.
  • Nexen Energy ULC arising from their Long Lake Pipeline spill, which occurred in 2015. A claim for breach of contract and negligence has been brought against engineering and construction companies in relation to the design of the pipeline. Claims are in excess of C$200-million.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

​Members of our Construction group are recognized as leaders in their fields by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 
  • The Legal 500 Canada 
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Funds Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9656
Areas of Expertise: Construction Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Intellectual Property, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Oil & Gas, IP Litigation, Construction
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, IP Litigation, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9666
Areas of Expertise: Construction, Energy, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9681
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Corporate & Commercial, Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9674
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Hospitality & Leisure, Construction, United States, Transportation, Major Projects, LNG, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Pipeline & Midstream
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2219
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Real Estate Financing, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Power, Construction, Development, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, REITs, Pension Funds Investment, Europe, United States
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-3318
Ottawa: 613-788-2231
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: 514-982-4105
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, Energy Litigation, Construction, Oil & Gas
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9604
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Energy, Construction, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4007
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Plan Nord, Oil & Gas, Power, Foreign Investment, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Plan Nord, Power, Project Finance, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-Ownership Structuring, Government & Public Sector
Office Managing Partner | Bahrain
Bahrain: +973-1715-1523
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 | 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, Government & Public Sector
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
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9640
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Product Liability, Energy Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Construction, Energy
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3315
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4077
Areas of Expertise: Procurement, Infrastructure, Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Government & Public Sector
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
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