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Braek Urquhart

Avocat principal


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Braek’s practice focuses on Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax, provincial sales taxes and land transfer tax. He also has experience with other commodity taxes, including insurance, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis taxes.

He represents clients who are:

  • resolving disputes with tax authorities
  • dealing with complex compliance issues
  • considering the commodity tax implications of their Canadian activities
  • seeking to plan their activities in a tax-efficient manner


  • Acted for Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company in its acquisition of Gerber Life Insurance Company’s Canadian insurance business from U.S.-based Western & Southern Financial Group.
  • Representing clients in tax disputes with the CRA and provincial tax authorities.
  • Advising commercial businesses, public sector bodies and financial services providers regarding GST/HST compliance issues.
  • Advising international clients on their tax compliance obligations with respect to their Canadian activities, including sales to Canadian companies, using Canadian subcontractors and locating part of their business in Canada.
  • Advising on reorganizations and intercompany transactions.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, County of Carleton Law Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, University of Ottawa Law Students First Generation Network
  • Member, BLG Constantine Committee

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2016
  • Specialized GST/HST Cross Border Transactions Course, CPA Canada, 2020
  • Specialized GST/HST Financial Services Course, CPA Canada, 2018
  • Specialized GST/HST Public Sector Bodies Course, CPA Canada, 2018
  • In-depth GST/HST Course, CPA Canada, 2017
  • JD (cum laude), Université d'Ottawa, 2015
  • BA (Hons.), Trent University, 2007