David regularly acts for landlords, tenants, lenders and property managers. As a partner at WeirFoulds, he has acted for some of Canada's most well-known national chains in food services and retail. He also regularly works on leases for venues such as shopping malls, historical sites, sports facilities, pads, strip centres and hospitals.

He has negotiated and finalized leases, offers, subleases and letter agreements (for land leases, turnkeys and pad deals). He also has extensive experience with joint venture agreements, development agreements, cross easements and all the issues related to the development, sale and/or acquisition of land, including heritage site designations and all ancillary documentation. David is also well versed at providing legal opinions on lease interpretation and other leasing matters.

As well as providing unparalleled support to his clients, David has been repeatedly recognized by Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading property leasing lawyer. He is also a sought-after presenter for national leasing and real estate conferences, including speaking at events for the Law Society and The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

David Thompson is a highly distinguished leasing lawyer. Since 1989, his practice has focused on commercial leasing and development law, negotiating large and complex retail, commercial, mixed-use, ground and industrial leasing transactions across Canada, for some of the most significant clients in the field.

David regularly acts for landlords, tenants, lenders and property managers. As a partner at WeirFoulds, he has acted for some of Canada's most well-known national chains in food services and retail. He also regularly works on leases for venues such as shopping malls, historical sites, sports facilities, pads, strip centres and hospitals.

He has negotiated and finalized leases, offers, subleases and letter agreements (for land leases, turnkeys and pad deals). He also has extensive experience with joint venture agreements, development agreements, cross easements and all the issues related to the development, sale and/or acquisition of land, including heritage site designations and all ancillary documentation. David is also well versed at providing legal opinions on lease interpretation and other leasing matters.

As well as providing unparalleled support to his clients, David has been repeatedly recognized by Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading property leasing lawyer. He is also a sought-after presenter for national leasing and real estate conferences, including speaking at events for the Law Society and The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Notable Mandates

Handles leasing needs for national retailers with locations across Canada.

Handles leasing matters for national landlords with centres across Canada.

Handles leasing matters regarding warehouse and office leases across Canada.

Publications

"Quiz: Navigating Franchising Leasing Agreements", Canadian Lawyer Magazine, July 2013 (with Karsten Lee)

"Quiz - Managing the evolution of commercial spaces", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, August 2012 (with Karsten Lee)

Default and Demand Letters – Precedents for Every Occasion

The Most Common Mistakes Lawyers Make During Lease Negotiations and How to Avoid Them

Legal Issues to Consider for a Pad Location in a Shopping Centre

Legal Issues to Consider for a Yet to Be Built Shopping Centre

What are Good Practises After the Deal Signing

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Retrofit and Adaptive Reuse: Case Studies and Commentary", The Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference, Toronto, ON, September 19, 2017

Panelist,"Retail Programing for Condominiums and New Apartments: What Works and What Doesn't?", 2017 Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, Toronto, ON, September 6 2017

Panelist, "With a Little Help From My Friends", ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto, ON, April 27, 2017

Speaker, "It's Fundamental, No Really, Fundamental Breach as Tenant's Remedy", The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2017, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON, February 22, 2017

Panelist, "Rapid Legal Roundtable: Implications of Development Activity on Existing Assets including Demolition and No Build Clauses Description", 2016 Real Estate Strategy & Leasing Conference, Toronto, ON, October 6, 2016

Panelist, "The Terminator's Guide to Tenancies", ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto, ON, April 21, 2017

Panelist, "You're Special and They're Special - Specialty Leasing Issues", ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference, Toronto, ON, April 14, 2015

Moderator, "Legal and Regulatory Issues for Property Managers and Owners", Property Management Exposition & Conference, Toronto, November 28, 2012

Co-presenter, "Roundtable on Legal and Regulatory Issues for Property Managers and Owners", 17th Annual Springfest, April 6, 2011

Moderator, "That's Special. Food, Fitness and Fun. Tips for Specialty Leasing to Tenants with Extraordinary Needs", International Conference of Shopping Centres Legal Conference, February 24, 2011

Speaker, "Storefront Leasing Issues", 6 Minute Leasing Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, February 16, 2011

Speaker and Moderator, "Pad Locations, Construction and Defaults", International Council of Shopping Centres Seminars and Roundtables

6 Minute Commercial Leasing Seminars (Law Society of Upper Canada)

Practice Gems Seminar (Law Society of Upper Canada)

In Sight seminar on commercial leasing

Real Leasing Conference, 2009 and 2010

Awards & Recognition

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Commercial Leasing Law

Recognized in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Commercial Leasing Law

Recognized in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Professional Activities

Former Bar Admission course instructor for Legal Writing.

Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centres

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Community Involvement

Rugby Coach 

Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5093
Fax 416.365.1876
dthompson@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Leasing

Real Estate Development

Called to the Bar
Ontario (1989)
Alberta (1995)
Education
University of Western Ontario
LL.B. 1987

University of Toronto
B.Sc. 1986

Awards & Recognition

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Commercial Leasing Law

Recognized in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Commercial Leasing Law

Recognized in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in Property Leasing

Professional Activities
Former Bar Admission course instructor for Legal Writing.
Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centres

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Community Involvement
Rugby Coach 

Called to the Bar

Ontario (1989)
Alberta (1995)

Education

University of Western Ontario
LL.B. 1987

University of Toronto
B.Sc. 1986