Kim acts for both public sector and private sector clients in complex municipal law and land use planning matters and related litigation. Her municipal law practice includes jurisdictional and constitutional matters, bad faith claims, municipal election issues, business licensing issues, expropriation matters and land use planning matters. Kim also advises municipalities and governmental institutions on issues relating to access to information, privacy complaints, and privacy breaches. Kim's litigation practice includes judicial review applications, breach of contract claims and real property disputes.

Kim regularly appears before the Ontario Municipal Board and all levels of court in Ontario and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kim is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Kim Mullin is Chair of the firm's municipal and planning law practice. Kim's clients value her practical, problem-solving approach and her highly responsive client service.

Kim acts for both public sector and private sector clients in complex municipal law and land use planning matters and related litigation. Her municipal law practice includes jurisdictional and constitutional matters, bad faith claims, municipal election issues, business licensing issues, expropriation matters and land use planning matters. Kim also advises municipalities and governmental institutions on issues relating to access to information, privacy complaints, and privacy breaches. Kim's litigation practice includes judicial review applications, breach of contract claims and real property disputes.

Kim regularly appears before the Ontario Municipal Board and all levels of court in Ontario and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kim is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Notable Mandates

For the Township of Georgian Bay in appeals of its comprehensive zoning by-law.

For a developer in Eastern Ontario in a dispute with a municipality about the financing of infrastructure.

For the City of Kitchener, defending its Official Plan Amendment against challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Ontario Human Rights Code before the Ontario Municipal Board.

For the Town of Oakville, defending its sign by-law against constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada.

For the City of London in a challenge to the validity of its interim control by-law in the Supreme Court of Canada.

For the City of Brampton in an application by a developer for return of lands transferred to the City as a condition of development approvals.

For the Attorney General of Canada and Canada Revenue Agency in two complex malicious prosecution actions.

Reported Cases

St. James No. 1 Inc. v. Hamilton (City) (2017), 61 MPLR (5th) 270 (Ont. SCJ)

Russell v. Georgian Bay (Township) (2016), 40 MPLR (5th) 249 (Ont. SCJ)

Richmond Hill (Town) v. Elginbay Corp. (2015), 38 MPLR (5th) 287 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Warden v. Ontario (Municipal Board) (2014), 32 MPLR (5th) 97 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Connelly v. Oshawa (City) (2014), 22 MPLR (5th) 330 (OMB)

King City Corporate Centre Ltd. v. King (Township) (2014), 81 OMBR 199 (OMB)

Brar v. Brampton (City) (2013), 11 M.P.L.R. (5th) 49 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario v. Waterloo (Regional Municipality) (2010), 69 MPLR (4th) 119 (OMB)

City of Toronto Economic Development Corp. v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner) (2008), 292 DLR (4th) 706 (Ont. CA)

Vann Media Inc. v. Oakville (Town) (2009), 95 OR (3d) 252 (CA)

Baillargeon v. Carroll (2008), 56 MPLR. (4th) 161 (Ont. SCJ)

London (City) v. RSJ Holdings Inc., [2007] 2 SCR 588

City of Toronto Economic Development Corp v. Ontario (information and Privacy Commissioner) (2006), 278 DLR (4th) 356 (Ont. Div. Ct.)

Adesa Auctions Canada Corp. v. Brampton (City) (2006), 21 MPLR (4th) 66 (Ont. SCJ)

Vann Niagara v. Oakville (Town), [2003] 3 SCR 158

City of Guelph v. Wyndham Street Investments Inc. (2003), 63 OR (3d) 481 (CA)

Publications

"Bill 68: Proposed Amendments Have Far-Reaching Implications", WeirFoulds LLP, March 2017

"Municipal and Planning Law Update: Bill 73 - Changes to the Planning Act", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2016 (with Stefanie Valente)

"Province Makes Significant Changes to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act", WeirFoulds LLP , March 2015 (with Stefanie Valente)

"The Role of the Ontario Municipal Board in Human Rights Issues", Regulatory Boards and Administrative Law Litigation (2011, Volume XI, No. 3), August 2011

"Urban Renewal and Community Revitalization: Tools That Can Help", Municipal World Magazine, January 2011

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Financing or Funding the Project", WeirFoulds Municipal Infrastructure Forum, Etobicoke, ON, September, 2017 

Speaker, "Emerging issues in municipal election law and practice" AMCTO's 2017 Annual Conference & AGM, Huntsville, ON, June 11-14, 2017

Panelist, "Managing Mandate Creep – the IPC and other agencies such as the Ombudsman – who does what?", 2016 Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum, Toronto, ON, October 14, 2016 

Speaker, "Municipal Legislation Review", Changing Landscapes in Municipal and Planning Law, v. 2.0, Ontario Bar Association, February 5, 2016.

Co-chair, "Professionalism Issues for Municipal Lawyers", Ontario Bar Association, December 3, 2015.

Speaker, "Municipalities: How do they Operate?", Ontario Professional Planners Institute Conference, October 7, 2015.

Speaker, "New Rules of Professional Conduct: What Every Municipal Lawyer Needs to Know", Planning and Building on Professionalism: Dos and Dont's for the Municipal Law Specialist, Ontario Bar Association, December 4, 2014.

Co-Chair, "Current Issues in Municipal Elections", Ontario Bar Association, September 29, 2014.

Panelist, "Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants", Planning and Building on Professionalism: Do's and Don'ts for the Municipal Law Specialist, Ontario Bar Association, December 5, 2013.

Panelist, "Council Members Behaving Badly: Spotlight on Saskatchewan Municipal Law Issues and Much More", Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference, August 19, 2013.

Speaker, "What a Bonus! Recent Developments in the Law of Bonusing", Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference, August 2012.

Speaker, "Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants: Lessons Learned", Maintaining Professionalism in the Municipal Context, Ontario Bar Association, December 1, 2011.

Speaker, "Review of City of Kitchener OPA 58 OMB Decision", Land Use Planning and Human Rights: Key Issues and Strategies That All Municipal and Planning Lawyers Should Know, Ontario Bar Association, December 9, 2010.

Speaker, "Insulating Your By-laws from Judicial Scrutiny Through Public Consultation: Lessons Learned from Recent Sign By-law Projects", Creating and Enforcing Municipal By-laws, Canadian Institute, September 23, 2010.

Speaker, "Tools and Techniques Available for Urban Renewal and Economic Development: Are They Enough?", Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference, August 2010.

Speaker, "Cedar Hill: A Case Study in Using Planning Instruments to Address Social Issues", Advanced Creating and Enforcing Municipal By-laws, Federated Press, April 2010.

Awards & Recognition

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law
 
Named as a "Litigation Lawyer to Watch" in Lexpert® magazine in 2010.

Professional Activities

Kim is a Skills Instructor for The Advocates' Society.

Kim taught Planning Law in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in 2011.

Kim taught Development Law in the Faculty of Architectural Science at Ryerson University from 2004 to 2006.

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Law Section

The Advocates' Society

Urban Land Institute

Ontario Expropriation Association

Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5066
Fax 416.365.1876
kmullin@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Land Use Planning

Litigation

Called to the Bar
Ontario, 2000
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School
LL.B. 1998

University of Waterloo
B.A. 1994

Awards & Recognition
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law
 
Named as a "Litigation Lawyer to Watch" in Lexpert® magazine in 2010.
Professional Activities
Kim is a Skills Instructor for The Advocates' Society.

Kim taught Planning Law in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in 2011.

Kim taught Development Law in the Faculty of Architectural Science at Ryerson University from 2004 to 2006.

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Law Section

The Advocates' Society

Urban Land Institute

Ontario Expropriation Association

Called to the Bar

Ontario, 2000

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School
LL.B. 1998

University of Waterloo
B.A. 1994