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Commercial Real Estate

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The purchase, sale, and leasing of commercial property involves many business issues, from finance to portfolio management, from leasing to cost-sharing, from tax to insurance.

At Torkin Manes, our Commercial Real Estate Group is steeped in the business of real estate, bringing lengthy industry experience to bear on our clients’ real estate issues. While most firms can conduct a real estate transaction, we also analyse the business issues involved and help clients develop business strategies for buying, financing, developing, selling, and leasing property. We integrate our real estate expertise with business law, planning law, tax law, mortgage and financing law, creditor and debtor law, partnership and syndication law, landlord and tenant law and litigation—all as they relate to real estate transactions.

Our reputation is reflected in the fact that Torkin Manes is counsel to LawPRO, the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, providing opinions and strategy on the standard of practice for real estate lawyers in Ontario. We also have special expertise in title repair, frequently acting as counsel for other lawyers and title insurers in solving difficult transactions and title problems.

How we do what we do is equally important. Our clients know us to be creative thinkers about their real estate matters: if a path is closed, we will find an alternative solution. We are seasoned contract negotiators, business strategists and client advisors. Should a dispute arise, we know when to mediate and when to litigate. Above all, we are mindful of our clients’ money: we look for the most practical, cost-effective solutions that will meet our clients’ objectives.  

Some of our many Commercial Real Estate services include:

  • Commercial leasing, lease review and negotiations
  • Condominium development and sales
  • Cost-sharing agreements
  • Expropriation
  • Joint ventures
  • Legislation (analysis and recommendations)
  • Purchase and sale of property
  • Real estate finance
  • Residential development (commercial and industrial)
  • Shopping centre development
  • Title repair
  • Zoning, planning and subdivision of land

Publications & Presentations


Bill 88: Proposed Amendments to S. 50, 53 and 57 of The Planning Act

Workshop — Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment & Consent Authorities (OACA)
Jun 3, 2019

16th Real Estate Law Summit

Co-chair - Law Society of Ontario's 16th Real Estate Law Summit
Apr 10, 2019

16th Real Estate Law Summit - LSO

Co-chair - Law Society of Ontario's 16th Real Estate Law Summit
Apr 10, 2019

News & Media

Firm News

Congratulations to Sidney Troister of our Corporate Real Estate Group for his election as a Bencher of The Law Society of Ontario

The Law Society of Ontario Torkin Manes is pleased to congratulate Sidney Troister on being elected by his peers as a Bencher of The Law Society of Ontario. Sidney continue...
May 1, 2019
Firm News

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Direc...
Apr 24, 2019
In the News

Sidney Troister speaks to the Law Times on the issues of fixed fees advertising in real estate ads

The Law Times Real estate lawyers continue to advertise fixed-fee services with exceptions, despite tighter restrictions passed by the Law Society of Ontario l...
Apr 15, 2019
In the News

Torkin Manes recognized as the #1 ranked Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer

Canadian Lawyer We thank our clients, colleagues and peers for recognizing us with this distinguished honour.
Mar 4, 2019


Seth Zuk to speak at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, March 27th in Toronto

Join Seth Zuk at the 2019 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference where he will lead a roundtable on ...
Mar 27, 2019

Sidney Troister and Stephanie Eiley to co-chair the LSO's 16th Real Estate Law Summit April 10th - 11th

It's the Law Society of Ontario's signature real estate event. Year in, year out, this summit provides the practical guidance you need to get through ...
Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019

Back to Planning Act Basics: 90 Minutes on Section 50

Do you have a question for Sid Troister, renowned as a Planning Act guru? This is your chance! This upcoming program is ideal as a Planning Act refres...
Jan 22, 2019: 12:00 - 13:30

What You Need to Know for 2019 Regarding Tax, Estate Planning and Real Estate

This seminar is for accountants, business owners, managers, financial advisors and bankers. There is no charge for this seminar. 8:00 - 8:30 &nb...
Nov 6, 2018: 08:00 - 10:00