The use of a formal procurement process to obtain goods or services is an ever expanding feature of business in Canada and abroad. This is a highly complex area of law that goes beyond simple rules of contract, and triggers diverse considerations such as trade agreements, competition law, specific legislation, duties of fairness, and even criminal law. Our team has the bench strength to deliver outstanding advice in all facets of public and private procurement matters.
We take a pragmatic approach to strategy. Whether we’re drafting documentation, developing evaluation criteria, reviewing bids or arranging financing, advising on disputes between parties, engaging with governmental authorities or challenging procurement awards, we aim to be practical, efficient and cost-effective.
Procurement activities benefit from familiarity with a multitude of rules and governance processes and hands-on knowledge of best practices. While it’s important that lawyers take a methodical approach to risk mitigation, we also have the imagination and experience to help you innovate and find opportunities within the regulatory regime.
Our clients include private corporations in a range of industries, provincial and federal crown corporations, health, education and transportation authorities, shared service organizations, purchasing organizations suppliers of goods and services, and the institutions providing debt financing for procurement projects.
What sets our team apart is the diversity and depth of its experience. Many of us have worked in key roles throughout government and industry. This is especially beneficial in cross-functional matters where legal knowledge as well as familiarity with local rules and business practices is required, and it has won our firm international recognition for creative – and effective – work in this area.
For more information, please contact one of our co-leaders, David Little or Peter Mantas, or any of the members of our team.