Practice Profile


Construction is a high-risk business. Cassels Brock can provide a buffer against that risk with its seasoned legal team, guiding clients through all phases of construction, from procurement to contract to completion.

Our Group

Cassels Brock is home to one of Canada’s pre-eminent construction law practices. Members of our group are listed in Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory of lawyers in Canada. Leaders in their field, several members of our Group authored an Overview of Construction and Projects in Canada, as part of a global guide series published by Thomson Reuters. In addition, partner Matthew Alter was recently named 2015 Public Procurement Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Toronto by Best Lawyers in Canada. Our substantial experience in dealing with construction issues and our relationships with members of the bench and bar involved in the adjudication of construction disputes allow us to provide cost-effective services and practical solutions.

Our Construction Law Group works closely with our Land Development and Mining Groups and has represented all of the “players” in the construction industry, including owners (both private and public), contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, lenders (both private and institutional) and environmental professionals.

Many of our clients are referred to us by other clients and, in this way, we have attracted both Canadian and foreign clients from every facet of the construction industry. Others retain us because they have heard of us through our extensive professional activities, including our construction industry seminars; our bar association activities; our membership in the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers; and our articles and books on construction-related topics.

Our Services

We have the specialized services to meet the legal needs of all participants in the construction industry, both domestically and internationally, before, during and after construction. Here are a few examples of the types of services we offer:

Tenders and Contracts

The lawyers in our Construction Law Group have extensive experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a variety of procurement documents and related forms of agreement, including stipulated price, cost-plus, construction management and EPC contracts, to name but a few. In developing and negotiating contracts for a variety of industry players, we have gained an in-depth understanding of their differing perspectives. We know the risks they are prepared to assume as a matter of course and those risks to which they attach a premium.

Our work

Our lawyers have provided construction law advice in prominent and unique transactions, cases, and projects. Recent examples include: