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We’re Massey LLP, a boutique law firm comprised of Toronto lawyers who serve business, government, and individuals.

No other law firm of our size provides the same depth and breadth of legal services. We have inordinate bench strength. We believe legal talent and experience matter.

We are lawyers.
We are advisors.
We are strategists.

Our services

As Toronto commercial lawyers, we want to empower our business clients to be successful. Our Toronto business lawyers can assist you with: share purchase agreements and shareholder agreements; equity and debt financing; secured lending and borrowing; growth, commercial real estate and leasing, as well as labour law, employment law, HR law for companies, and workplace investigations.

Equally important, our commercial lawyers advise clients on growth strategies for business and wealth planning, too. And our civil litigators are not afraid to take your dispute to court. They are also talented business mediators and business arbitrators who can help settle your dispute out-of-court.

Our government lawyers provide strategy and advice to all three levels of government in Canada—federal, provincial, and municipal—advising on government relations; inquires, inquests, reviews, and investigations; and crisis communications.

At Massey LLP, Electoral Law, Environmental Law and Municipal and Land Use Law are discrete areas of practice. Services for individuals – Our employment lawyers provide employment law for executives while our real estate lawyers provide residential real estate services. And our will and estates lawyers provide succession planning, estate planning, wills and powers of attorney, and estate administration for individuals and family offices.

You’ll find the Toronto lawyers at Massey LLP are agile, collaborative, hardworking, and techno-savvy. We are compassionate, and committed to delivering timely, practical, and cost‐effective legal services in plain English to our clients. No sugar-coating. And, we’re un-stuffy. We look forward to being of service.

You’ll find the Toronto lawyers at Massey LLP are agile, collaborative, hardworking, and techno-savvy. We are compassionate, and committed to delivering timely, practical, and cost‐effective legal services in plain English to our clients. No sugar-coating. And, we’re un-stuffy.

We look forward to being of service.

Services for business

Our Toronto commercial lawyers can help you with all aspects of your business: share purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, equity and debt financing, secured lending and borrowing, and corporate governance

Our commercial real estate lawyers represent new builders and owners and experienced developers as well. We can help with condominium commercial development and sales, land development, new home sales, ownership structuring for lenders and investors. And we do general commercial real estate including commercial leasing.

The Toronto civil litigators at Massey LLP know that when business relationships go sour emotions can run high. Someone didn’t deliver. Things have gone wrong, and your business may be seriously impacted. These disputes often result in civil claims and that’s why you need our Toronto civil litigators (also known as Toronto commercial litigators).

The Toronto workplace lawyers at Massey LLP provide day-to-day employment and labour guidance for employers from all sizes of businesses, including preparation of employment contracts, advice on policy, dismissals, and accommodations issues. Our Toronto lawyers for employers defend employer clients in wrongful dismissal claims, regulatory proceedings, and before administrative tribunals.

Have a commercial dispute, business dispute, or conflict with a contract? Our talented commercial mediators and commercial arbitrators can help settle your dispute out-of-court, keeping the terms of settlement private.

When you hire the Toronto workplace investigators at Massey LLP to conduct your workplace investigation, it will be conducted fairly, with impartiality and pre-conceived notions. We have handled Toronto workplace investigations that alleged workplace harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and workplace violence.

Services for government

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Crisis Communication

When a crisis occurs or a deal goes sideways—money  reputation, and even lives may be at risk. Time is of the essence. From reputational crises to operational disruptions, our lawyers stand ready to provide objective, clear, and thoughtful advice quickly and efficiently, to mitigate the impact of a crisis and to emerge stronger and more resilient.

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Inquiries, Inquests, Investigations & Reviews

Our inquiry, inquests and investigations lawyers are ready to provide the advice, support and guidance to you and your organization when the need arises. Many inquiries, inquests, investigations, and reviews happen after a crisis when your organization is in the media for all the wrong reasons: a high profile scandal. Our very experienced team of investigations lawyers advises clients on the most high-profile matters that negatively impact reputation of all of an organization’s “publics,” whether they be customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, taxpayers, voters, special interest groups, or the public-at-large. Our inquiry and inquest lawyers will support you with sensitive, carefully weighed judgment alongside strategic legal advice.

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Electoral Law

The elections lawyers at Massey LLP provide election law advice to a range of clients from electoral management bodies, and elections officials, to political parties, candidates, and third-party advertisers. Our election lawyers Ontario team is well-versed in the regulations and requirements related to election finance, and assists clients with compliance, and reporting.
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Government Relations & Strategic Advisory

Our clients often need governments or agencies to adjust policies, change laws or make procurement or other decisions to get a deal done or to be allowed. Navigating the public policy and government decision-making process is complex and frustrating. Our government relations lawyers offer lobbying and government relations services, both domestically and abroad, to help clients ethically and properly engage, inform and influence policymakers and key stakeholders. We also offer thought leadership advice and support. Our clients retain us to look at emerging public policy debates and then position them to influence government.

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Environmental Law

Our environment lawyer represents a diverse range of clients, including property developers, businesses engaged in the import or transport of hazardous materials, landfill operators, governments, and corporations. We assist clients in navigating all aspects of environmental law, including the purchase, sale, development, and decommissioning of properties and product regulation. 

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Municipal & Land Use Law

The municipal lawyers at Massey LLP offer comprehensive legal counsel to a diverse clientele ranging from municipalities to private sector entities including landowners, ratepayer groups, developers, and land use planners, ensuring they are equipped to navigate the intricacies of this complex practice area.

Services for individuals

Our Toronto executive employment lawyers handle executive employment agreements and torts for executives, vice-presidents, directors, and senior managers – as opposed to employment law firms whose work revolves around more straightforward litigation like those involving severance packages.

The Toronto estate planning lawyers at Massey LLP advise clients on estate planning. We also advise on business succession planning for a family business or family office. Our Toronto estate planning lawyers specialize in specifically addressing how digital assets—email login and password combinations—in this important and growing part of estate planning.

Our Toronto professional discipline lawyers at Massey LLP focus on representing lawyers/paralegals, pharmacists, and veterinarians. Allegations of professional negligence and misconduct can be extremely serious and could lead to severe consequences from fines or suspension to license revocation and the loss of a career.

Our experienced probate lawyers and estate administration lawyers have helped hundreds of clients who have been grieving their loved ones while trying to fulfill their roles as executors and estate trustees. It is probably the first time they are going through the probate process and the estate administration process. We can lessen your burden.

When it comes to buying and selling residential real estate, you need a residential real estate lawyer with deep industry experience you can trust to act effectively on your high-end property transaction – while protecting your investment.

Our estate litigation lawyers at Massey LLP support beneficiaries and executors (estate trustees) when suing or defending estates and trusts. Estate litigation is a highly complex, governed by a myriad of rules, laws and historical precedent, making it vital to have the estate litigation lawyers from our team at Massey LLP guide your will challenge, or will defence.

Let our wills lawyers in Toronto guide to making an effective will. Having true peace of mind is knowing that your affairs are in order. Our Toronto wills lawyers make the process straight forward and efficient, with attention to detail in crafting your will, properly executed, and ensuring your choices will be respected.

The Toronto entertainment lawyers at Massey LLP know that entertainment law has moved into the spotlight. As new Canadian broadcasting legislation emerges cracking down on internet behemoths, our clients – creatives, talent agencies, and production companies – need experienced entertainment lawyers working for them to protect their interests.

Meet our Toronto lawyers

You’ll find the Toronto lawyers at Massey LLP are friendly, compassionate, and committed to delivering timely, practical, and cost‐effective legal services.

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October 27, 2023

Workplace discrimination: what does 'restorative engagement' mean for HR?

HRD Mag

The federal government announced Oct. 25 that it is assembling a special panel charged with creating a new “restorative engagement program” (REP) for its public service workforce. The program is designed to tackle discrimination and harassment in federal government agency workplaces.

Although the initiative is meant for federal employees, there are implications for private sector HR leaders as well, said Frank Portman, partner at Massey LLP in Toronto, as federal initiatives can have a “trickle down effect,” becoming indicators of trends to come.

October 28, 2022

Lawyers for OPSEU's former president say union's allegations 'bogus'

CBC News

Jeffrey Kroeker and Frank Portman, co-counsel for Thomas, said in a statement Tuesday that the statement of claim is “riddled with errors, falsehoods, and untrue allegations.”

“Mr. Thomas rejects the claim against him and intends to defend his good name,” the lawyers wrote.

October 28, 2022

Failed Brampton mayoral candidate pursues legal action against city over firing

The Toronto Sun

“Having reviewed the circumstances leading to her unlawful dismissal, it is clear that Ms. Kaur’s dismissal was targeted retaliation and formed part of a larger conspiracy against her involving senior staff at the city and the mayor’s office,” Portman wrote.

“Specifically, Ms. Kaur’s termination is the culmination of a long conspiracy among senior city officials to silence her persistent efforts to expose wrongdoing and possible corruption in the city’s administration.”

April 5, 2018

From old photos to Ashley Madison account: Managing a digital legacy

LAW360

Increasingly, the records of our lives exist only in electronic storage devices. As a result, we need to think about the practical results of this online existence, both individually and collectively, and executors, with the lawyers who advise them, need to consider how to cope with the administration of the flotsam and jetsam of our digital lives.

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Use King Station if coming by streetcar or subway. Street parking is limited but there are parking garages on nearby Colborne Street and on Court Street.