Government & Public Sector

Parliament of Canada, Peace Tower, Canadian Flags.

Effective government relations require a specialized approach and skillset that include strategically considering the legal and practical matters at issue, a deep understanding of policy and decision-making priorities, and deft negotiating abilities – regardless of which side of the table you’re sitting on. The public and private sectors must work hand in hand to achieve mutual success. From questions of procurement and international trade, to public private partnerships (P3) and municipal law matters, it’s critical to have experienced counsel advising you on the best course of action to meet your organization’s objectives.

Procurement, in particular, can present a host of challenges for both the public and the private sectors. The legal requirements for the procurement process – including tendering and requests for proposals (RFPs) – can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and are often specific to the federal, provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government involved. Navigating this landscape, whether for traditional bricks-and-mortar procurement or through technology-based systems, requires expert guidance and the insight that is gained from years of experience.

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Legal advisor to the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets in its work in relation to the Ontario beer industry

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Calgary Municipal Land Corporation in its $500 million agreement with Calgary Stampede and the City of Calgary

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How we can help

At Osler, our lawyers have developed a solid reputation for advising clients from the private sector in dealing with government relations issues, as well as representing government entities in their dealings with business. Our experience spans industries, from construction and infrastructure, to commercial real estate, to privacy and cybersecurity, and practice areas, including municipal law, environmental law, dispute resolution, risk management and corporate commercial. We have advised both public and private organizations in complex litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, including risk management for nuclear waste management organizations, class actions and massive infrastructure projects.  As a result, you have access to the multidisciplinary team of experts you need to resolve the issues you’re facing and meet your bottom-line objectives.