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Tax Lawyer in Montréal, François Barette, Fasken

François Barette

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1980
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal

François Barette is recognized as a leading litigator and tax lawyer. He represents diversified clients including individuals, corporations and trusts both in Canada and internationally. François’ practice extends well beyond tax litigation and he is asked to intervene in a range of civil and administrative matters.


François advises clients on issues concerning federal and provincial income tax, sales tax, goods and services tax, excise tax, payroll taxes and property tax.


François’ expertise in federal and provincial income tax encompasses inter-provincial tax planning arrangements, multi-jurisdictional taxation, retroactive tax legislation, general and specific anti-avoidance rules, and transfer pricing He also has considerable experience in compliance issues, including audits, objections and investigations.


In addition to advising clients, François appears regularly before all levels of courts in tax matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before various administrative tribunals. François has represented major clients (Videotron, Canada Lands Company CLC, Parc Six Flags Montreal, etc.) with respect to challenges of assessments.


The author of many articles, seminars and presentations, François lectured on tax audits and appeals for 14 years at McGill University’s Centre for Continuing Education. 


Before joining Fasken, François practised law at another renowned firm and with the tax litigation department of Justice Québec.

  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2009 to 2020
  • Named in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 to 2019
  • Recognized by the International Tax Review amongst the Tax Controversy Leaders for Canada, The International Tax Review 2012
The Best Lawyers in Canada Named in Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized in tax law
2017 to 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Named in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Recognized in the area of Litigation - Corporate Tax
2012 The International Tax Review Recognized by the International Tax Review amongst the Tax Controversy Leaders for Canada
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  • LLB Université de Montréal

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Québec Bar
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member and Governor, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Association de planification fiscale et financière
Recent jurisprudence Presented at 23rd Symposium on Commodity Taxes organised by Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF) location location Estérel Estérel Resort
Rectification of Transactions Speaker, Québec Bar Seminar on Recent Developments in Estates and Trusts (2012) location location Montréal


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