Lucas Versteegh

Lucas practises commercial law with an emphasis on franchising, distribution, retail, and general commercial matters.

His franchising work includes the preparation of franchise agreements and disclosure documents, along with the endless variety of accompanying ancillary agreements, such as releases, purchase agreements, delivery arrangements, licences, and confidentiality agreements. Lucas helps franchisors navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environment of Canadian franchising law and its implications for Canadian systems as well as US brands expanding to the Canadian market.

His distribution, retail, and general commercial work includes advising retailers and other businesses on all contractual matters in a supply and distribution chain, including advice on distribution agreements, service agreements, licensing agreements, manufacturing agreements, warehousing agreements, transportation agreements, consignment agreements, and sponsorship agreements.

Lucas also advises extensively on consumer protection issues, including the structure of rewards and loyalty programs, gift cards, promotions and contests, debt collection, e-commerce and Internet sales agreements, cost of credit, packaging and labelling, and various advertising and marketing issues.

Lucas completed his joint B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill University, where he also obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Science in Physics and Humanistic Studies. While at McGill, he was a research assistant for Dr. Mohsen al-Attar, a volunteer at the Legal Information Clinic, and a leader in the High School Outreach Program for four years. He has travelled extensively, having lived, studied, and worked in places as diverse as Vienna, Singapore, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong.


Representative Work

  • Borrowell

    Borrowell’s acquisition of Refresh Financial

Latest Insights

  • Webinar Jun 12, 2024

    Coming soon: navigating new consumer protection laws in Canada

    Elizabeth Sale (Financial Services Regulatory), Dominic Mochrie (Retail and Consumer Products), Christine Jackson (Retail and Consumer Products) and L...

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    Coming soon: navigating new consumer protection laws in Canada
  • Osler Update Jun 5, 2024

    Incoming changes to consumer protection legislation in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador

    Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have introduced new legislation to overhaul their respective consumer protection regimes. This Os...

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    Incoming changes to consumer protection legislation in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Osler Update May 29, 2024

    Incoming changes to consumer protection laws: implications for financial service providers

    Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have introduced new legislation to overhaul their respective consumer protection regimes, includi...

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    Incoming changes to consumer protection laws: implications for financial service providers
  • Osler Update Nov 10, 2023

    Consumer protection considerations in the era of artificial intelligence

    Through technology innovation, businesses offering artificial intelligence (AI) products and services are shaping consumers’ daily lives in multiple f...

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    Consumer protection considerations in the era of artificial intelligence
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Awards and Recognition

  • Nathan Cotler Memorial Prize in Human Rights Law, 2015

Community Involvement

  • High School Outreach Program, Team Leader and Point Person (2011-2015)
  • Legal Information Clinic at McGill, Volunteer (2012)

Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 11/6/2024
Coming soon: navigating new consumer protection laws in Canada
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speaker 24/10/2023
Navigating Canadian Consumer Protection Law Updates: Ensuring Compliance and Success in the DTC Online Marketplace
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speaker 24/10/2023
Navigating Canadian Consumer Protection Law Updates: Ensuring Compliance and Success in the DTC Online Marketplace
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Published Work


Credentials

Education

  • McGill University, B.C.L./LL.B
  • McGill University, B.A./B.Sc.

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Consumer Law Committee
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association