Regulatory Offences

Corporations, officers and directors of companies, and other business people are routinely exposed to potential liability and offences under many statutes, including the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, Retail Sales Tax Act, Competition Act, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, Ontario Building Code and the Fire Marshal’s Act, to name a few.


Our lawyers can provide expert assistance with the following:

  • Negotiate with government agencies and investigators in an attempt to avoid charges.
  • Advice regarding the production of business records or statements that government agencies or investigators may want from you, your business, or your employees.
  • Advise and represent you in handling search and seizure issues.
  • Negotiate the best resolution or litigate, depending on your wishes, if charges cannot be avoided.

Our department is uniquely placed to deal with charges of business fraud, tax evasion, and other regulatory offences against businesses and individuals. Our lawyers combine a willingness to fight it out in the trenches with a vigorous and disciplined approach to defending its clients. We have a tradition of excellence representing individuals and businesses both in trials and appeals at all levels of court right up to the Supreme Court of Canada.


Our lawyers have widespread experience representing clients with respect to provincial and statutory offences. The defence team is rounded out by an experienced paralegal clerk and Cohen Highley’s articling law students.

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Laura practises in the area of administrative law, including condominium, residential tenancies,municipal, planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax and accessibility law. Laura is a member and active contributor to numerous condominium, development and housing industry organizations.

Joe's main areas of practice include residential tenancies, municipal planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax assessment appeals. Joe has a wealth of litigation experience before a variety of boards, tribunals, and appellate courts. He is author of "A Practical Guide to the Tenant Protection Act".

Kristin's practice focuses on residential and commercial tenancies, human rights, condominium law and appellate advocacy. She works exclusively for housing providers and landlords with respect to all lease issues. Kristin regularly speaks at property management conferences and teaches human rights training courses to landlords and property managers.

Stephanie practices in commercial litigation with a focus on construction law, real estate law, municipal law and estate litigation. Stephanie also represents clients before administrative bodies and tribunals in relation to real estate transactions and Planning Act matters. While a student at Western, Stephanie was named top oralist in both the Lerners Cup finals and…

Mark practises in the firm's administrative law department, including condominium law, residential tenancies, municipal law, planning and zoning, expropriations and provincial offences.