Practice Profile


Whether you’re dealing with academic appeals, enforcing contracts, purchasing land for further development or raising financing, Cassels Brock can help. We understand the role and importance of the various stakeholders and can provide strategic advice to help educational institutions manage reputational risk and achieve their academic priorities. When your requirements for legal work move beyond your everyday scope, our team can handle even the most complex issues.

Cassels Brock has represented Canada’s largest university for over 70 years and has acted for several other major universities and community colleges. Our lawyers also have experience acting for school boards, private schools, an education commission and the Ministry of Education. In representing our clients in the education field, we have gained a great deal of in-depth knowledge of not only how those institutions operate, but also how to best approach the unique issues which they often face.

To meet our clients’ diverse legal needs, we draw on the expertise of our lawyers in our Business Law, Construction, Litigation, Labour & Employment, Municipal, Planning & Environmental, Real Estate, Securities and Tax Groups. Our lawyers also draw upon the strength and guidance of our Government Relations Group to provide strategic advice and access to key decision-makers. In representing our clients’ interests, we have appeared on their behalf at all levels of the Ontario and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada and before administrative tribunals ranging from the Ontario Human Rights Commission to the Copyright Board of Canada.

Our Services

We represent our education clients in a number of specialized areas including:


Intellectual Property & Information Technology

Human Rights & Employment

Construction & Development

Tax & Charities

Public-Private Partnerships


Academic Appeals

Real Estate Services

Examples of our work in the area include