Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Information Technology Department

Nationwide - Canada
Current View:

This content is provided by Chambers. Learn more about our methodology

What the team is known for Well respected for its ability to handle an impressive range of technology mandates, with notable strength in privacy law, various data matters and cloud computing. Advises both national and international clients on sophisticated transactional matters, including large outsourcing deals. The firm stands out for its work on behalf of financial institutions and emerging companies. Knowledgeable on public policy issues and initiatives regarding the technology sector and innovation, particularly procurement modernisation. Recently entrusted with mandates from clients in the retail and petrochemical sectors.

Strengths The team wins praise for its "excellent customer service" and for "leveraging other expertise of the firm as needed."

Sources also highlight the lawyers for their practical approach, with one impressed client remarking: "We rely on their advice implicitly and are confident in the decisions we make based on having Osler advising us."

Work highlights Assisted Vancouver-based Mobify Research and Development with streamlining of its IT systems and advised on licensing agreements.

Notable practitioners

Michael Fekete has considerable experience in advising clients on procurement, commercial transactions and privacy mandates. One interviewee noted that he "ensures others grasp the purpose and benefits of the advocacy," adding that he also "tailors messaging to specific audiences."

Simon Hodgett assists clients with outsourcing agreements and licensing matters and procurements. "He is a pleasure to work with as he has taken the time to understand our business and our risk profile," said one client.

Ted Liu has a growing reputation in the field, advising on master service agreements, system upgrades and innovative privacy and data security files.

Wendy Gross is held in very high regard by interviewees, who commend her for flexibility and exceptional client management skills. "She's calm, transparent and pragmatic," enthused one impressed source. She frequently advises clients in the banking and financial sector on modernisation projects and IT infrastructure upgrades.