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W. Thomas  Barlow

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 of the firm’s Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships (PPP/P3) practice group. He advises clients on issues of municipal law, government relations, and infrastructure and PPP.

As part of his municipal law practice, Tom provides planning law opinions, applications, approvals and by-law interpretation. He also frequently liaises and negotiates with municipal and agency staff, as well as representing clients before the Ontario Municipal Board other administrative boards and tribunals. Assisting clients in the Greater Toronto Area and municipalities across Ontario, Tom has advised on matters of compliance at all court levels in Ontario and Saskatchewan, and at the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Tom has worked on numerous alternative financings and delivery projects. 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 has recognized many of the PPP projects he has acted on, several of which have been named “Deals of the Year.”

Tom also has a strong counsel background in business, commercial, election law and financing, and administrative law matters, particularly in matters that are sensitive to both political and policy considerations. His expertise is recognized in both Chambers Global and Chambers Canada.

2018 The Legal 500 Canada For Infrastructure and Projects
2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Infrastructure Law
2016 to 2017 Chambers Canada For Projects: PPP & Infrastructure Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.


  • 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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