Expertise 2017-11-09T15:37:27+00:00

Our Practice Areas

Public Sector Practice Areas

The Non-Profit Team at Willis Business Law provides a broad range of services to charities, not-for-profit organizations, donors and others. These may include universities, hospitals, social agencies, government organizations, and a variety of other organizations. Our clients range in size from very small to extremely large, across Windsor-Essex.Our team delivers timely, effective advice and representation to directors, trustees, officers, and all levels of management.

We have advised and represented clients in a wide variety of matters including:

  • Incorporation of non-share capital corporations and charitable registration applications;
  • Structuring governance solutions for complex charitable and not-for-profit situations;
  • Planned giving, endowments, fundraising, charitable sponsorships;
  • Governance, conflict of interest, ethics, and officer and director liability issues; and
  • Sponsorship, borrowing, financing, funding, licensing and other agreements.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your needs, please contact:

Dana Young at dyoung@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-8491

Willis Business Law helps clients navigate the critical intersection of business, law, regulation, policy and politics. Our clients benefit from our understanding of the requirements of corporate governance regulation, legislation and best practices. We advise our clients on the implementation of compliance programs on an ongoing basis. We also assists public institutions to comply with applicable regulatory reporting and disclosure requirements and restrictions.

We have advised and represented clients in a wide variety of matters including:

  • The incorporation, organization and corporate governance of various entities, including obtaining letters patent, supplementary letters patent, enacting by-laws, amending by-laws and related matters;
  • Advising boards, committees, management, and leadership in discharging their legal and fiduciary obligations while preserving all available legal protections
  • Responding to and negotiating with provincial and national regulators and other enforcement agencies; and
  • Conducting internal investigations to determine relevant facts quickly and accurately.

Several members of Willis Business Law lecture on corporate governance and have made numerous presentations on the subject to industry and other associations. We are very active in dealing with the increasing profile of corporate governance issues in the Windsor-Essex community.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:

Douglas Lawson at dlawson@willislawfirm.ca or (519) 817-2358

Our Public Sector Labour and Employment team works with your in-house professionals to provide practical guidance and valuable insight on the day-to-day challenges faced by human resources professionals. Our team provides proactive and strategic advice to ensure your business is consistently delivering best employment-related practices and minimizing risk or liability. We also offer in-house training and assistance in drafting the human resource documents needed to effectively protect your business interests.

We partner with government and public-sector institutions to advise on matters such as:

  • Workplace investigations;
  • Executive employment agreements;
  • Executive terminations;
  • Employment standards compliance and claims;
  • Enforcement of obligations involving departing employees;
  • Workplace harassment;
  • Human rights claims;
  • Major restructurings;
  • Wrongful dismissal; and
  • Independent contractor agreements.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your Labour and Employment law needs, please contact:

J.P. Karam at jpkaram@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-9954

Our Privacy Law team regularly advises public sector institutions,  government institutions, clients whose personal or confidential information is held by a government agency, and clients seeking information from the government with respect to privacy and related freedom-of-information issues. Our team provides advice on every aspect of privacy and data protection, from the collection and management of information to crisis management in the event of a breach.

We have advised and represented clients in a wide variety of matters including:

  • Regulatory Compliance Matters, including compliance with, and interpretation of, privacy laws and regulations such as Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA),  and Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL);
  • Explaining privacy requirements to boards and senior management as well as to the staff that will be implementing the policies related to privacy compliance;
  • Conducting audits to assess how an organization collects, uses, retains and discloses personal information, and what consents are needed from individuals to allow the organization to continue these practices;
  • Drafting contractual agreements with detailed privacy and security requirements;
  • Drafting consent forms for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information; and
  • Developing comprehensive privacy policies, including designing systems and procedures for clients to meet requirements of federal and provincial regulations.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your privacy law needs, please contact:

Dana Young at dyoung@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-8491

Our Procurement team provides clients sound practical solutions to legal and strategic issues arising in public procurement and government contracting matters. Our multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience advising public sector clients across a wide range of industries on the unique legal aspects of procurement, tendering, and requests for proposals (RFPs).

We have advised and represented clients in a wide variety of procurement-related matters including:

  • Drafting tender documents, RFPs, RFQs, and RFEIs;
  • Drafting procurement policies;
  • Administering the procurement process for clients and assisting with issues that arise through public and private procurement process;
  • Bid compliance review and the evaluation of the “substantial compliance” of bids; and
  • Conducting debriefing sessions and managing disputes.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your procurement law needs, please contact:

Dana Young at dyoung@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-8491

Willis Business Law’s Commercial Real Estate team has the depth of resources and experienced lawyers to assist you with any transaction, regardless of its size or complexity. We deliver the kind of unparalleled expertise you need to execute complex real estate transactions effectively and efficiently.

Our firm has the resources and expertise to handle all aspects of real estate investments—from initial structuring and acquisition, through development, financing, management and ultimately disposition. Our depth of experience in real property law enables us to serve a wide range of clients, including municipalities, educational and other public institutions

Our Commercial Real Estate solutions include advising on such matters as:

  • Structuring and documentation for all types of leases
  • Negotiating ground leases
  • Advising on financial matters
  • Advising on insurance matters
  • Advising on risk management

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:

William J. Willis at wwillis@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-9952

Private Sector Practice Areas

The Business Law Group at Willis Business Law offers a complete range of business and commercial legal services delivered by a dynamic and experienced team. We apply our knowledge and skills to provide effective responses and innovative solutions to meet all our clients’ needs in a timely manner. We work with a wide range of clients, from small entrepreneurial firms to large private and public sector clients.

We have experience representing every type of stakeholder, including buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, shareholders, acquisition targets, boards and committees, distributors, partnerships and governments and government corporations.

Our business law services include such matters as:

  • Business formations, including the establishment of corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures;
  • Preparation and negotiation of shareholder and partnership agreements;
  • Corporate restructurings and reorganizations;
  • Stock option plans and agreements and other equity and cash incentive arrangements for management, including employee incentive plans;
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial leases;
  • Licensing and distribution arrangements; and
  • Customer, supply and outsourcing agreements.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:

William J. Willis at wwillis@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-9952

Our Governance team’s expertise covers a wide range of business governance-related matters, including continuous disclosure practices, board mandates and assessments, director and officer indemnification requirements, by-law review and amendment, special committees and compensation considerations for directors and officers. We also assist clients with internal investigations to ensure continuing compliance with applicable laws, and in response to government investigations and proceedings.

Our clients benefit from our understanding of the requirements of governance regulation, legislation, and best practices. We continuously refine our governance related expertise by requiring our lawyers regularly serve as special counsel to boards of directors and special committees.

Several members of Willis Business Law lecture on corporate governance and have made numerous presentations on the subject to industry and other associations. We are very active in dealing with the increasing profile of corporate governance issues in the Windsor-Essex community.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:

Douglas Lawson at dlawson@willislawfirm.ca or (519) 817-2358

The Labour and Employment team at Willis Business Law represents employers in both the private and public sectors and in a variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, transportation,  financial services and agriculture.

Our lawyers possess extensive knowledge and expertise through our representation of our many federally regulated clients. We routinely provide clients with strategic advice on restructuring, outsourcing and independent contractor agreements, and organization design. As well, we regularly assist our clients in the negotiation of executive employment contracts, non-competition agreements, and incentive plans.

Our other Labour and Employment services include such matters as:

  • contractual and compensation issues;
  • dismissals;
  • human rights complaints;
  • disability accommodations;
  • pay equity;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • union activities;
  • collective agreements;
  • workplace safety and insurance issues.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your Labour and Employment law needs, please contact:

J.P. Karam at jpkaram@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-9954

The Willis Business Law Privacy team assists our clients on compliance matters involving the application of privacy and data protection legislation, responses to privacy-related complaints and to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests. We also assist clients in obtaining guidance from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and its provincial counterparts.

We handle all regulatory compliance matters, including compliance with, and interpretation of, privacy laws and regulations such as:

  • Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA);
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA);
  • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA); and
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Our Privacy team is regularly involved in negotiating, drafting and advising on the privacy aspects of corporate transactions, including advising a number of clients on data transfer issues in the context of large corporate transactions (including a patient, customer and/or employee information).

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your privacy law needs, please contact:

Dana Young at dyoung@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-8491

The Commercial Drafting group at Willis Business Law excel in drafting and negotiating leases and all lease-related contracts. Our team provides advice to commercial clients on a broad range of sophisticated commercial transactions.

Our clients value our exceptional team strength, experience, creativity, negotiating skills and responsiveness. We take an innovative and proactive approach to developing and implementing solutions to the challenges faced by our clients in their real estate transactions and management of real estate assets.

We handle all legal aspects of commercial real estate projects, from beginning to end, in all commercial real estate practice areas, including:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions;
  • Financing arrangements;
  • Commercial leasing (retail, office and industrial);
  • Asset and risk management;
  • Infrastructure projects; and
  • Development projects.

CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your drafting needs, please contact:

William J. Willis at wwillis@willislawfirm.ca or (226) 526-9952