Education

Educational institutions are inherently multifaceted. It’s crucial to have a specialized team of advisors and advocates to address both longstanding and emerging issues.

As one of the largest education practices in the country, we are peerless in our understanding of the technical and practical aspects of education law.

Our expertise includes:

  • governance
  • labour relations and employment
  • safe schools
  • special education
  • human rights
  • IT and license agreements
  • privacy and freedom of information
  • tax and risk management
  • construction and procurement
  • real estate
  • crisis management
  • litigation 

Our lawyers write and lecture on education law issues. We also contribute to the affairs of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (“CAPSLE”) and the Education Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Our professionals are actively involved in the governance of schools, school boards and other educational institutions.

Our Education Focus Group advises educational institutions across Canada, including public and private schools at the K to 12 levels, colleges and universities. We have represented educational institutions before the courts and administrative tribunals.

Experience

  • Primary legal counsel to school boards/districts and independent schools in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia
  • Advising on education law, labour relations, employment law and human rights issues.
  • Representing the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association in labour relations issues on behalf of 29 Catholic school boards.
  • Advising on the establishment and governance of a national university operating in New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Counsel to the Conference of Independent Schools, the Canadian Accedited Independent Schools and Edvance Christian Schools Association.
  • Counsel to school boards and independent schools on a range of governance issues, including by-laws, code of conduct and conflict of interest.
  • Advising school boards on planning, real estate, construction and municipal law issues.
  • Counsel to school boards on expulsion hearings and suspension appeals.
  • Counsel on design and construction of multiple new public schools through public private partnerships model.
  • Advising on setup of a new professional college in British Columbia.

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