Bradley McLellan

Partner*

Toronto
416.947.5017

Bradley McLellan

* Partner through a professional corporation

Bradley McLellan has extensive experience in infrastructure and public projects, including procurement, risk allocation, public-private partnership arrangements, concession agreements, ground leases, design-build agreements and operation and management agreements. He also is a recognized expert in the purchase, sale and financing of commercial real estate.

Brad is a co-chair of the firm’s infrastructure and public projects practice and heads the commercial real estate practice. Brad has acted for numerous public sector clients in the development of significant infrastructure and other public projects. Projects include rapid transit, sports and entertainment centres, and a mixed-use downtown redevelopment.

In addition, Brad has extensive expertise in the purchase, sale, and financing of land, and he has provided advice on environmental issues to owners, purchasers and lenders.

Brad is the co-author of Real Estate Law (4th edition, 1992), and he was a co-author of CondominiumThe Law and Administration in Ontario (1st edition, 1981). He has written extensively in the areas of infrastructure and public projects, real estate law, condominium law, and environmental issues in the purchase, sale and mortgaging of real estate.

Brad taught the Real Estate Transactions course at the University of Toronto Law School for 17 years as an adjunct Professor and at Osgoode Hall Law School for 3 years. He has also taught in the part-time Real Estate LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Brad has consistently been named in professional directories as a leading practitioner in Toronto in real estate law, property financing and development and infrastructure law, and is a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s 2011 Award of Excellence in Real Estate.

Brad has acted for York Region in its Rapid Transit Project (VIVA) since April of 2002. He provided procurement and project structuring advice, and worked on numerous project documents, including a design-build agreement and an operations and management agreement.

He acted for the City of London in its John Labatt Centre Project and for the City of Oshawa in its General Motors Centre Project. Project work included procurement advice, project structuring, design-build agreements, a ground lease, leasehold financing, and operation and management agreements.

He acted for the City of Kitchener in a downtown redevelopment project with the private sector.

He currently acts for the City of Niagara Falls in its People Mover Project, which when completed will be a public-private partnership to serve the tourism industry in Niagara Falls.

Brad has for many years acted for a significant owner and developer of historical commercial properties in Toronto and Ottawa. One of the properties owned and financed by this successful joint venture is the North Toronto Station in Toronto. Brad does all of the commercial real estate work on these projects.

  • Recognized in the 2016 Lexpert® Directory Special Edition – Infrastructure
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Real Estate Law in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada
  • Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s 2011 Award of Excellence in Real Estate.
  • Recognized many times by Lexpert® as a leading practitioner in the field of property development.
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Real Estate Law in Best Lawyers® in Canada.
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure.
  • Received a Certificate of Recognition in 2007 from the Faculty of Law at University of Toronto for 17 years of teaching the Real Estate Law course as an adjunct Professor.
  • Taught the Real Estate Law course at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, for 17 years as an adjunct Professor.
  • Taught the Real Estate Law course at Osgoode Hall Law School for 3 years as an adjunct Professor.
  • Taught in the part-time Real Estate LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School.
  • Lectured for many years in the Real Estate Law course in Ontario’s Bar Admission Course.
  • Numerous lectures at Continuing Education Programs.
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (1979)
Education
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1977
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Western Ontario, 1974
Affiliations
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Funding or Financing from Infrastructure Ontario or the Canada Infrastructure Bank”, “Important Issues to be Addressed by the Municipality in Managing the Contract with the Private Sector and in Handover of the Project Asset to the Municipality“, Current Issues in Municipal Infrastructure Projects, Municipal Infrastructure Forum, Kleinburg, ON, April 15, 2019
Speaker, "Specific Performance: From Semelhego to Southcott-and beyond", Ontario Bar Association, May 17, 2018
Speaker, The Annotated Residential Agreement of Purchase and Sale 2018, Law Society of Ontario, May 10, 2018
Speaker, "Transformation of Shopping Malls – Opportunities and Roles for Municipalities", Municipal Infrastructure Projects That Can Promote Economic Development Or Revitalization, WeirFoulds LLP, Kleinburg, Ontario, April 30, 2018
Speaker, "Sports & Entertainment", JAX Chamber Leadership, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, ON, November 2, 2017.
Speaker, "Delivery of Municipal Infrastructure and Other Public Projects Using a P3 Model", IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference, Niagara Fall, October 2017
Speaker, "Structuring the Project and the Importance of Project Documents", WeirFoulds Municipal Infrastructure Forum, Etobicoke, ON, September 12, 2017
Moderator, "Challenged Rental Markets - How Do You Retain Your Tenants and Win New Ones", 2017 Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, Toronto, ON, September 6, 2017
Speaker, "Canadian Update – Long Term Financial Planning in an Urban Growth Centre, Aligning Budgets with Strategy, and Challenges in Developing and Renewing Infrastructure", Government Finance Officers Association, Toronto, May 22, 2017
Speaker, "Municipal Law Update", The 2017 OMAA Spring Workshop, Minett, ON, May 12, 2017

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