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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

Aug 28, 2018

Drafting and Negotiating Tenant Allowance Clauses

2018 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference
Jun 21, 2018

The Art of Negotiation: More Than You Bargained For

2018 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference
Apr 30, 2018

Extreme Weather: A Review of Damage and Destruction Provisions

Speaker at the LSUC's The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer Event, February 15th 2018
Feb 15, 2018

News & Media

Firm News

Torkin Manes recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada

Chambers and Partners — Canada Torkin Manes recognized as a Leading Firm in Ontario in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate.
Sep 21, 2018
In the News

Don't fall for the old 'It's standard' line from a real estate agent. There's nothing standard about their forms — Sidney Troister speaks to the Financial Post

If unaffordable prices, bidding wars and news that the real estate industry is supplying questionable statistics to the public isn’t enough, hom...
Jul 26, 2018
Firm News

Sidney Troister to speak at the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities Annual Conference

Join Sidney Troister on June 4th at the annual Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities conference, where he will speak...
Jun 21, 2018

Sidney Troister to speak at the County of Carleton Law Association’s 24th East Region Solicitors Conference

This 1.5 day program covers a wide-range of topics to update attendees on current practicing trends.
May 4, 2018


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

13th Annual Real Estate Law Summit

Sidney Troister chaired the Annual Real Estate Law Summit presented by the Law Society in April, 2016.  Now, in its 13th year, the Summit ha...
Apr 20, 2016: 09:00 - Apr 21, 2016: 16:00