Practice Profile

Real Estate & Development

"The firm understands transactions at a business level and provides a service that is relevant."
Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

The Cassels Brock Real Estate & Development Group is one of the leading practices in Ontario. Our accomplished team of lawyers, which includes our Municipal, Planning & Environmental group, provides expert and practical advice to a diverse group of clients.

We have demonstrated expertise in all areas of real estate, leasing, and development law. Our depth of experience in real property law enables us to serve a wide range of clients, including municipalities, Crown corporations, educational and other public institutions, national retailers, financial institutions, real estate investment trusts, commercial and real estate owners, managers, developers and builders.

Our Group’s broad and varied practice touches on virtually all areas of commercial real estate activity, including:

Commercial Acquisitions and Dispositions

Our lawyers have provided real estate expertise in respect of many prominent commercial transactions, including the following representative examples:

Land Development Industry

Our Land Development Industry lawyers provide advice on all types of development projects from initial acquisition and site selection, through the planning approval process, to ultimate construction and/or disposition.

Our lawyers are skilled and experienced in working for both public institutions and private enterprises in all aspects of the development and construction process. We regularly represent clients before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board), as well as other administrative tribunals and at all levels of the court system.

Read more about our Land Development Industry Group.


Members of our Group regularly provide advice with respect to financing including all aspects of development, construction and permanent financing, leasehold financing and syndicated loans.

We have experience acting for lenders on numerous financings including:

Commercial Leasing

In connection with commercial leasing, we advise landlords and tenants of institutional, office, retail, shopping centre and industrial premises as well as healthcare facilities on a full range of leasing services including:

Examples of our transactions in this area include:

Mortgage Recovery

We represent lenders in connection with the enforcement of their security against defaulting borrowers, with an eye on helping lenders maximize their debt recovery. Our experience includes: