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With a deep understanding of the business of real estate, Torkin Manes’ real estate team has comprehensive expertise across the spectrum of purchasing, selling, leasing, financing and developing property. Our lawyers bring extensive industry and practical experience to help clients navigate even the most complex transactions.

We employ a judicious and strategic approach when conducting the full scope of a real estate deal, leveraging our insight into associated business considerations that might influence the outcome of any given transaction or project. At the outset of new engagements, we examine the opportunities and risks before helping clients establish strategies for buying, selling, financing, developing and leasing property. We integrate our real estate expertise with business law, planning law, tax law, mortgage and financing law, creditor and debtor law, partnership and syndication law, landlord and tenant law and litigation—all as they relate to real estate transactions and development projects. When clients require services that extend beyond our group’s capabilities, we collaborate with our colleagues in other areas of practice to ensure we address everything needed to complete transactions seamlessly and without delay.

As a testament to the depth of our experience, Torkin Manes is preferred counsel to the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO), providing opinions and strategy on the standard of practice for real estate lawyers in Ontario. We also have special expertise in title repair, frequently acting as counsel for other lawyers and title insurers in solving difficult transactions and title problems.

Many of our lawyers have been ranked as leading lawyers in their respective areas of specialization by preeminent legal directories, including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada© and Chambers Canada.

Most importantly, our clients can count on us to not only provide excellent service and advice, but also be creative and strategic thinkers, focused on finding solutions to their real estate matters, whether they be straightforward or require “out of the box” analysis. We are seasoned contract negotiators, business strategists and client advisorsShould a dispute arise, we are skilled at choosing the optimal dispute resolution process depending on the circumstances.

With our clients’ best interests always at the forefront, we seek out and implement the most practical and cost-effective solutions to each issue that will support our clients in achieving their unique objectives.  

Some of our many Commercial Real Estate services include: 

  • Purchase and sale of property
  • Real estate finance
  • Condominium and subdivision development and sales
  • Commercial leasing, lease review and negotiations
  • Joint ventures, co-ownerships, partnerships and limited partnerships
  • Cost-sharing agreements
  • Commercial, industrial and shopping centre development
  • Expropriation
  • Zoning, planning and subdivision of land
  • Legislation (analysis and recommendations)
  • Title repair