OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

When engaging with the public sector, additional legal requirements and practical matters need to be considered, above and beyond the usual legal and commercial issues encountered in the private sector. Parties may simply need advice on the commercial and legal implications of dealing with or procuring to the public sector, may want guidance on lobbying or electoral compliance, or may face the often daunting process of seeking special dispensation from the government. Navigating this complex system requires knowledge, experience, persistence, skill and finesse.

Experienced Counsel

With decades of experience, the Blakes Government & Public Sector team includes highly regarded lawyers who regularly represent both public entities and private companies doing business with the public sector. Our team also includes counsel who previously served as federal, provincial and municipal public officials in several jurisdictions. We fully grasp the complexities and subtle nuances of public and political law and are adept at obtaining judicial review, administrative and legislative resolutions, and alternative solutions.

Blakes lawyers possess leading expertise regarding government and public sector issues and maintain solid working relationships with an extensive network of government contacts, enabling us to efficiently solve challenging issues when they arise.

Comprehensive Service

Our lawyers provide practical and effective counsel on dealing with the public sector; government, political and legislative processes, approvals and initiatives; procurement issues; and public policy and legal reform. We are leaders in advising on and resolving issues regarding:

  • Access to information
  • Assignment of Crown debts
  • Constitutional law
  • Conflict of interest laws
  • Crisis management
  • Disclosure obligations
  • Disputes with the Crown
  • Ethics obligations, giving and receiving gifts and hospitality
  • Government finance and budget processes
  • Government policy and decision-making
  • Lobbying legislation and compliance
  • Nonprofits, charities and charitable involvements
  • Political law, including elections, election finance and political activities
  • Public law and public hearings
  • Public sector procurement and public-private partnerships (P3s)
  • Pursuing private legislative remedies
  • Federal security clearances

We also advise on and assist clients in negotiating transactions, handle all related documentation, and resolve disputes with the crown in and out of court. ​

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5280
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, International Trade
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition & Antitrust, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Insurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Financial Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Cannabis, Intellectual Property, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2633
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Government & Public Sector
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3391
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Procurement, Technology, Information Technology, Construction, China, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cannabis, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Marketing & Health Regulatory, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Privacy, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5047
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9786
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Mining, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3888
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Government & Public Sector
General Counsel and Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2572
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2399
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Government & Public Sector, Cybersecurity, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-2387
Ottawa: 613-788-2211
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Government & Public Sector
Scholar in Residence | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3194
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2956
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Insurance, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Financial Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5032
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2443
Areas of Expertise: Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Government & Public Sector, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Office Managing Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3336
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax, Tax, Tax, Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Forestry, Infrastructure, Middle East, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
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