Regarded as the best team in the country, the Blakes Procurement group has unrivalled expertise advising on procurement law matters and in resolving related disputes. Our multidisciplinary team counsels public-sector and private-sector clients on public procurement 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 contracts 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 procurements and award-winning infrastructure development projects. The Blakes team has been at the forefront of some of Canada's largest public procurement processes, involving multiple stakeholders across a wide range of industry sectors. We are recognized in the global arena for our work representing and advising international governments and organizations on matters related to their competitive procurement processes. We are also known for our experience related to procurement issues arising in emerging markets and from 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. This is to ensure compliance with their procurement law obligations and internal procurement governance requirements and reflect global best practices.
We also regularly assist clients in the development of template procurement and tender documentation, including documents for design-build (DB), design-build-finance (DBF) and design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) projects. We have experience creating and providing training related to the implementation of procurement tools. 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.
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 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, effective procurement documentation and engagement with bidders and stakeholders to effectively meet the client’s objectives.
Our team is regularly called upon by clients for effective advice in circumstances where a routine procurement process encounters challenges. We help resolve issues such as those related to the use of fairness monitors, prequalification procedures, the application of evaluation criteria, bidder disqualification and debarment, the duty of fairness, negotiation processes, and contract awards. Our experience and practical approach to issue resolution allows us to work with clients to find a solution that meets their business objectives 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.
Our litigators are skilled at resolving procurement disputes and bid challenges through negotiation and litigation. We represent both procurement authorities and bidders in disputes before Canada’s trial and appellate courts, including the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative tribunals, such as the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Whenever possible, we use alternative dispute resolution techniques to quickly and cost-effectively resolve disputes.