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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
*practising through a professional corporation


W. Thomas Barlow is a founding member, and former Leader and Chair, of the firm’s Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships (PPP/P3) practice group. Tom is also a member of the Fasken National Security 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.” A recent example is 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 as well as national security issues related to infrastructure. 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.



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  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Infrastructure Law, Lexpert 2018 to 2023
  • Recognized in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition - Infrastructure , Lexpert 2021
  • For Infrastructure and Projects, The Legal 500 Canada 2018 to 2019
Lexpert Publication name with laurels Lexpert Recognized in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition - Infrastructure The Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure profiles Lexpert-ranked lawyers whose focus is in Infrastructure and relevant practice areas
Legal 500 Publication name with laurels The Legal 500 Canada For Infrastructure and Projects

Client Work

  • Advised on the Ontario Government’s accelerated build pilot program regarding the construction of long-term care homes,
  • Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority achieves financial close Gordie Howe International Bridge Project,
  • City of Brantford v. Detlor et al., 2013 ONCA 560,
  • First Quantum announces successful completion of the C$5.1 billion offer for Inmet,
  • Opitz v. Wrzesnewskyj et. al.,
  • Sadlon Motors Incorporated v. General Motors of Canada Limited, 2011 ONSC 2628 (S.C.J.),
  • Federal Government of Canada reaches financial close on its contract for their Long-Term Accommodation Project with Plenary Properties,
  • London Ontario hospital redevelopment projects valued at US$261 million achieve financial close,
  • Henderson General Hospital Project reaches financial close on US$259 million redevelopment,

Career & Education


  • LLB University of Western Ontario
  • Granted admittance to law school after attendance for two years Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


Fasken Institute



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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