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.