Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Construction Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Highly regarded group recommended for its extensive capabilities in front-end construction issues across the country, particularly in the energy, transportation and social infrastructure arenas. Offers further expertise in the construction of agriculture and manufacturing facilities. Regularly acts for authorities, owners, contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of key projects. Also sought after for advice on construction disputes, including arbitration proceedings. Clients benefit from the expertise and hands-on experience of lawyers also qualified as professional engineers.

Strengths"The value they bring is their depth of experience, which is invaluable when the scope of agreements broadens or becomes complex," one satisfied client enthused.

Work highlights Defended the Toronto Transit Commission against several claims for damages regarding the construction and design of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project, totalling over CAD360 million. The claimants included Bondfield Construction and Walsh, among other suppliers and subcontractors engaged in the development.

Notable practitioners

Paul Ivanoff
possesses experience assisting with contentious matters in the construction sector. One client stated: "Paul is very engaging - he is, on top of being very smart, someone who is easy to talk to," adding: "He gives great advice and supports the team well."

Richard Wong
is well versed in construction projects, particularly within the power and renewable energy spaces. He is frequently mandated on front-end matters such as contract drafting and negotiations, risk allocation and project structuring.

Rocco Sebastiano
"has a masterful recollection of all the provisions of agreements," according to one commentator, adding: "He understands things from a technical perspective."He is well regarded for his expertise in construction and is further renowned for his astute handling of technical matters relating to the construction of power projects.

Roger Gillott
exercises his abilities in disputes before all levels of court in the construction space. He represents a range of municipal and private clients, who report that he is "skilful and deeply experienced."