Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett

Partner, Municipal, Land Use Planning & Development; Real Estate

Key Contact: Municipal, Land Use Planning & Development

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6651



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1996


  • Osgoode Hall, York University, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Political Science and History)



Chris Barnett is a partner in Osler's Real Estate Group and practices in the areas of administrative and regulatory law, with a focus on municipal and planning advice and environmental approvals. He is recognized in the Lexpert/ALM 500 Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Property Development.

He specializes in providing clients in both the public and private sectors with strategic advice on coordinating and addressing the various levels of approvals required for complex projects. Chris advises clients on a broad range of matters, including heritage issues, growth management issues, cultural heritage, parkland dedication/valuations, employment land and aggregate resource policies, as well as ward boundary reviews.

He also advises large landowner groups and individual clients on development charges and cost sharing matters, environmental assessment processes and approvals and the implications of provincial policies and initiatives. 

Chris appears regularly before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and municipal councils, and has appeared before the Environmental Review Tribunal. He also advises clients on potential remedies in the courts, representing both the private sector and municipalities in bringing and responding to applications for judicial review of municipal and government decisions.  He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education events, and has provided annual case law updates to the Ontario Bar Association for over 15 years.

  • Chambers Canada:Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Real Estate Ontario: Zoning/Land Use
  • Lexpert ALM 500 Directory: Recognized in Property Development
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Property Development; Toronto’s leading property development lawyers in 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Municipal Law; Real Estate Law

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Interprovincial Music Camp

  • Member, Advocates Society

  • Presenter, Municipal Law, Episode 4 Lawyered Podcast, April 1, 2015.