• BSc, 1972
    McGill University
  • LL.L., 1975
    University of Montréal

Year of Call/Admission

  • Québec, 1976

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Richard J. Clare

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Richard Clare is the Chair of the firm's Real Estate Law Practice Group. Richard specializes in real estate and commercial law, with considerable expertise in real estate development, portfolio dispositions and acquisitions and financings. He acts for banks, life insurance companies and pension funds in structuring construction or permanent financing. He regularly advises purchasers, vendors, developers and real estate agents on issues relating to the sale, purchase, development and zoning of buildings and in matters relating to commercial leases. His advice is frequently sought by the hotel industry, particularly in respect of hotel franchise agreements and management contracts.

Mr. Clare has developed an expertise in the use of emphyteutic and usufruct structures as a tax advantage for non-profit entities. He structures mixed-use projects using divided co-ownership (horizontal and vertical) and rights of superficies. He is also consulted frequently on the establishment of pipelines, wind turbine parks and fiber optic networks and in respect of mining operations.

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 for Real Estate
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Real Estate (Canada & Québec)
  • Recognized by the Who's Who Legal Real Estate 2017
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 in the area of Property Development and Project Finance
  • Recognized by the 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Real Estate (Property Development)
  • Named '' Lawyer of the Year '' in Real Estate Law by The Best Lawyer in Canada 2017
  • Recognized by the The Legal 500 Canada 2015 edition in the area of real estate
  • Recognized by the Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 in the area of real estate
  • Recognized by the Who's Who Legal 100 in the area of Real Estate law (since 2013)
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best lawyers in his field of expertise by Chambers Global
  • Recognized as one of the leading Canadian practitioners in the area of Property Development by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best Real Estate Law lawyers in The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2018 editions)
  • Recognized by the Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers (2010-2012 editions) and included in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Featured in the prestigious "Leading Lawyers in Canada" (2007) directory, published by LEXPERT, in the "Property Development" category
  • LEXPERT has recognized Mr. Clare in their 2006 guide as being one of the top 500 attorneys and as one of the top 100 industry experts in Canada

Community Involvement

  • President of the Board of Quartier Éphémère (Darling Foundry)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Gestion Fonds d’Investissement de Montréal (F.I.M.) Inc. (since 2015)


  • Member, Québec Bar
  • Member, Bar of Montréal
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Urban Development Institute of Québec