Abbey Sinclair is an associate in the Municipal Law Practice Group at WeirFoulds. Her practice focuses on expropriation and municipal law.

Abbey provides practical and strategic advice to municipalities and other public authorities in the acquisition of privately owned lands. She also represents landowners throughout Ontario in a wide range of expropriation matters. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court and Administrative Boards and Tribunals.

Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Abbey practiced at a boutique expropriation law firm. She summered and articled with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in the Legal Services Branch of the Ministries of Energy and Infrastructure. Abbey also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Realty Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure, where she provided advice on complex infrastructure projects, transit initiatives, land use and real estate matters.

Abbey frequently writes and presents on property acquisition and expropriation related topics. She is actively involved in a number of industry and community organizations.

    Professional Activities

    • Member, Board of Directors of the Ontario Expropriation Association
    Called to the Bar
    • Ontario (2013)

    Education
    • J.D., Queen’s University, 2012
    • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2007
    • B.A. (honours), Glendon College, York University, 2006
    Affiliations
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Ontario Expropriation Association
    • International Municipal Lawyers Association
    • International Right of Way Association
    • Urban Land Institute
    • Women’s Infrastructure Network
    Languages
    • English

    Community Involvement

    • Member, Board of Directors of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, “Using Old Right of Way for New Projects: A Review of the Supreme Court's Findings in Hydro-Québec v. Matta”, International Right of Way Association, Chapter 29, Luncheon Seminar, Online (March 10, 2021).
    Speaker, “Case Law Update”, Ontario Expropriation Association Annual Fall Conference, Toronto, Ontario (October 21, 2016).
    Speaker, “Case Law Update”, Ontario Expropriation Association Annual Fall Conference, Toronto, Ontario (October 23, 2015).

    Publications:

    • “Shovel Ready. Expediting Property Acquisitions for Infrastructure Projects Post-COVID-19,” Municipal World, (September, 2020).
    • “Expropriation: The Legal Landscape Since Antrim”, Changing Landscapes in Municipal and Planning Law v 2.0, Ontario Bar Association Institute, (February 5, 2016) (co-authored with Paul Scargall).
    • “Assessing Credibility of Expert Evidence After Moore v. Gatahun: More Focus on Subject Matter, Less Focus on the Expert”, Working With Experts: Practical Skills, Civil Litigation Section, Ontario Bar Association (March 12, 2015) (co-authored with Barry Weintraub).
    • Tribunal Administration and the Duty to Consult: A Study of the National Energy Board (2015) 65:4 University of Toronto Law Journal 382-433 (co-authored with Sari Graben).
    • “Administering Consultation at the National Energy Board: Evaluating Tribunal Authority” in Patrick Macklem & Douglas Sanderson (eds.) From Reconciliation to Recognition: Essays on the Constitutional Entrenchment of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015) (co-authored with Sari Graben).