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Public Law

The interface between public bureaucracy and business or between different levels of government can present formidable challenges. How do you cut through the red tape to achieve your objectives?

Whether you are a company or individual doing business with government, an organization subject to a regulatory regime, a regulator, government or government agency, you can depend on McCarthy Tétrault for unparalleled practical experience in dealing with the intricacies of public law and judicial review applications.

Our practice is national. We deal effectively with all levels of government: municipal, provincial, territorial and federal. We are leading experts in the Charter of Rights and constitutional issues. Our seasoned professionals have deep government-specific knowledge; many have held senior civil service positions provincially and federally.

Whether you want effective advice on procurement matters, shaping public policy, pursuing law reform or challenging decisions of government bodies and authorities through the courts, our practitioners apply world-class talent to your concerns.

You reap the benefit of our expertise in many areas, including:

  • Litigation services — We represent you in all levels of court. We act on behalf of individuals or the Crown in disputes involving the Crown.
  • Advice regarding how legislation is applied — We offer you creative solutions for your political or legislative needs. We also advise governments at all levels on diverse matters.
  • Government relations and procurement — We know how to navigate the halls of political power. We advise you about legislation that may affect your business and tell you how to go about contacting the appropriate decision-makers to address your concerns.
  • General commercial litigation — We resolve contractual disputes involving the Crown.

We also provide specialized litigation support for clients of our core industry and practice groups, such as technology, communications & telecommunications, business law and trade law.

Our work on internationally-renowned cases such as the Somalia inquiry and the Maher Arar inquiry, as well as nationally significant issues such as constitutional challenges, sets us apart from competitors.