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The Aird & Berlis Construction Group represents private and public clients on the full range of construction-related activities, from contract creation to the tendering process to defining relationships with consultants to providing day-to-day legal resources throughout the construction of small and large projects.

Construction and development agreements are the core of any project. Our focus is on assisting clients in cost management through the implementation and proper execution of contractual relationships. We advise on the full range of construction-related activities, such as bidding, tendering, and negotiating and drafting contracts.

Aird & Berlis also has extensive experience with conventional and alternative financing projects, as well as a broad range of experience with engineering, procurement and construction contracts. We frequently advise clients on issues relating to retaining experts in sustainable design and construction as well as LEED issues.

If issues arise with a construction contract or any other aspect of a project, we act quickly to minimize the loss of time and money. Our extensive experience and reputation in the field allow us to address and resolve issues without sacrificing the ongoing relationships between the parties. Whether related to constructions liens, delays or design issues, we act for our clients in the court system as well as through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and commercial arbitration.

We have extensive expertise in construction liens, and served on the Attorney General’s advisory committee on the proposed amendments to the Construction Lien Act. We ensure that any liens registered on properties are handled in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

We also have extensive experience advising clients on insurance requirements, surety and bonds.

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts practise in the areas of real estate, litigation, infrastructure, and municipal and land use planning.

Who We Help

Our clients include real estate developers, project owners and professionals such as architects and engineers. We also act for financial services clients with respect to lien and trust issues in the insolvency context; commercial leasing clients with construction and lien issues that may arise with tenant work, landlord work, refinancing; and municipal clients in disputes with contractors and/or consultants for delay claims or breach of contract.


We have advised on construction issues related to such notable projects as Pearson Airport Terminal 3, the L Tower, 1 King West and Commerce Court West.

Our other representative work includes:

  • Advising a large Ontario municipality with respect to the negotiation of a consulting contract for the construction of new municipal offices.
  • Advising Allied Properties REIT in connection with design and construction contracts for several projects in Toronto.
  • Advising global fleet management services company in connection with construction contracts for the expansion of its rail car maintenance facilities in southwestern Ontario.
  • Advising Concord Adex Investments Limited in connection with the consulting, general constructing and construction management agreements related to its condominium projects in Toronto.
  • Advising large Ontario developer in connection with the development of standard forms of construction consulting agreements.
  • Advising Integrated Grain Processors Inc. regarding an EPC contract for an ethanol production facility.
  • Advising a multi-national courier service provider with respect to construction contracts for a large distribution centre.
  • Regularly advising local distribution companies regarding EPC and installation contracts for renewable energy projects.