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Tom Barlow Toronto Lawyer

W. Thomas Barlow

Partner Fasken
Canada has developed a sustained and robust market for the development of public infrastructure using the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1983
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

W. Thomas Barlow is a founding member, and former Leader and Chair, of the firm’s Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships (PPP/P3) practice group. He is ranked by Lexpert as Repeatedly Recommended for Infrastructure Law.

Tom has led and advised on numerous infrastructure, project finance and PPP projects and other procurements in multiple jurisdictions and sectors over many years, for authorities, bidders and consortium members, including developers, constructors, operators, and lenders. He is currently acting on matters involving the procurement and provision of public services, systems and infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally. Efficiently balancing public and private interests and risks, Tom has been integral to the development and implementation of new P3 models since the earliest PPP projects in Canada. The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and other industry organizations have recognized many of the public-private projects on which he has acted, several of which have been named “Deals of the Year.” The most recent example being the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project which has been awarded recognition by Lexpert, Project Finance International and Project Finance & Infrastructure Journal (IJ Global). IJ Global has also recognized Fasken as North America Public Sector Legal Adviser of the Year for 2018.

Tom is also a specialist in municipal law and has advised on infrastructure development, land use and financing in the local and regional contexts, including First Nations and community benefits.

As part of his municipal, regulatory and administrative law practice, Tom has provided advice on planning law, municipal assessment and taxation, applications and approvals, by-law interpretation and other municipal and compliance matters. He has also frequently negotiated with or represented municipalities and public agencies across Ontario, as well as representing clients before administrative boards and tribunals, His practice has included representing clients on matters pending before courts at all levels in Ontario, at the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada.



Lexpert Magazine Cover

  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Infrastructure Law, Lexpert 2018 to 2020
  • For Infrastructure and Projects, The Legal 500 Canada 2018 to 2019
  • For Projects: PPP & Infrastructure, Chambers Canada 2016 to 2017
Legal 500 Publication name with laurels The Legal 500 Canada For Infrastructure and Projects
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers Canada For Projects: PPP & Infrastructure Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
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  • Granted admittance to law school after attendance for two years Queen's University
  • LLB University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
The Public-Private Partnership Law Review - Canada Chapter
Book Project Finance - Jurisdictional Comparisons 2012
Article P3? Yes you can, and Canada can help: Lessons for creating successful public-private partnerships from our neighbor Rebuilding America's Infrastructure


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