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Public & Political Law

Public & Political Law
Public & Political Law
Expertise / Sectors / Public & Political Law

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. ​

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Recent Work
  • The Consortium of Energy Producers in a successful ruling against B.C. blocking the Trans Mountain expansion project

  • Kinder Morgan Canada on its proposed C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project to the Government of Canada

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