Meaghan Barrett

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2016

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
  • Education

Meaghan’s passion for municipal and planning law and her ability to solve complex problems mark her as an up-and-comer in the Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. Meaghan has a strong policy background and research skills, which make her a valuable addition to a client team.

As a member of the firm's Municipal & Land Use Planning Group and Expropriation Law Group, Meaghan provides advice and representation to both private and public sector clients.

On the municipal side, Meaghan assists with various municipal accountability matters, including drafting codes of conduct and complaint procedures,  and investigating code of conduct complaints. She also provides advice to clients regarding the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Meaghan represents a range of clients in her land use planning law practice, assisting owners, developers and applicants in obtaining various forms of development approvals. Meaghan is particularly interested in matters relating to the Ontario Heritage Act and other heritage protection and conservation issues.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for her expertise in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law

Professional Involvement


  • Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Urban Land Institute

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Planning for Change – Ontario’s New Municipal Accountability Frontier," Ontario Small Urban Municipalities, May 4, 2018.

“A Primer on Codes of Conduct and Municipal Conflicts of Interest," Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities Fall Seminar, October 24, 2017.

Selected Publications

“The “Uber” Impact of E-Scooters on Canadian Municipalities,” Municipal World, August 2019, (Co-Authored with Ajay Gajaria).

“Implementing Ontario’s Municipal Accountability Framework,” 8 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d) (June 2018) No. 18, pp. 1-10.

“Getting Ready for Ontario’s New Municipal Accountability Regime,” Six Minute Municipal Lawyer, May 7, 2018.

“A New Frontier: Compliance Audit Committees and the New Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996,” 7 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d) (December 2016) No. 24, pp. 1-6.

“Municipal Authority, Cooperative Federalism and Snail Mail Delivery,” 8 Digest of Municipal & Planning Law (2d) (January 2017) No. 1, pp. 1-7.


  • JD, University of Ottawa, 2015
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2010
  • Programme Internationale, Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), 2008