Construction: Overview

Osler’s Construction Group provides advice on all types of commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects, infrastructure developments, public-private partnerships, alternative financing and procurement, energy, health, transportation and other projects.

Clients come to Osler for construction advice for the following reasons:

  • Technical and Commercial Knowledge. Many of our lawyers hold both law and engineering degrees and have hands-on project experience, which means that clients receive technical excellence and commercial know-how on their most important matters.
  • Understanding Project Risk. We achieve the results our clients expect on their projects by understanding the risks and providing practical advice and representation.
  • Litigation and Mediation Expertise. Our construction litigators provide litigation, mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution advice on the construction process. We have appeared at all levels of the courts and understand how to quickly and effectively navigate the system to get a project back on track and achieve the results our clients want.
  • National and U.S. Expertise. Osler can tailor services to the specific needs of our clients by drawing on a full range of project development and litigation services in our Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa and New York offices.

Ask our construction lawyers about:

  • Front-end structuring and contracting
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Project structuring and development
  • Operations and maintenance issues
  • Commercial and industrial projects
  • Risk allocation and management
  • Design and construction
  • Performance guarantees and bonds
  • Litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Public-private partnerships and alternative financing


  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers ranks Osler as a leading firm for its Construction practice and quotes clients saying that the lawyers “have been excellent. They were very responsive and really knew the file. They were strategic in thinking through all the issues and were flexible." For market standing, it is noted that Osler is a “major national firm with a significant construction practice." The publication highlights some notable practitioners in the group.
  • TheCanadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks the practice as consistently recommended. Several of our construction lawyers are identified as leading practitioners.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada “top-lists” several lawyers in the Construction Group.