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, Investment Treaty Arbitration
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Credit Unions
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, Cannabis, IP Litigation, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2633
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Pension Litigation, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, 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, Cannabis, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Anti-spam, Drugs & Medical Devices, IP Licensing & Agreements, 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: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Transportation, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: Arbitration, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, Arbitration, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3888
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Tax, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, 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: Class Actions, Product Liability, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Freedom of Information, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Government & Public Sector, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-2387
Ottawa: 613-788-2211
Areas of Expertise: Competition Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment, Government & Public Sector
Scholar in Residence | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3194
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2956
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Lobbying, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Credit Unions
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5032
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, IP Licensing & Agreements, IP Litigation, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2443
Areas of Expertise: Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Lobbying, Government & Public Sector, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Office Managing Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3336
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Transfer Pricing, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Forestry, Infrastructure, Middle East, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
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
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