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Legislation and Statutory Powers

OVERVIEW - Legislation and Statutory Powers

Governments both promulgate legislation and exercise statutory powers pursuant to legislation. In performing both of these functions, they must act within the limits of their jurisdiction. Other public sector bodies – including agencies, boards and commissions – also exercise statutory powers and are restricted by the parameters of their legislative mandate. We have extensive experience in these matters.

We have been retained, for example, to draft municipal by-laws, prepare regulations, rules and procedures for administrative tribunals, and advise on statutes and subordinate legislation for senior levels of government. Our lawyers are also frequently retained to advise public sector clients on the limits imposed on them by legislation or the Constitution, and have regularly been engaged to act in litigation for governments and other public bodies when the legal basis of their respective actions or decisions has been challenged.