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Harris, Sheaffer is widely recognized as a leader in condominium law as counsel to developers, builders and condominium corporations.


Condominium Development

We have expertise in the area of condominium development law. We are widely recognized as leaders in this field and have been involved in the registration of almost 1,000 condominium projects, including high-rise, townhome, industrial office, commercial, resort, hotel, fractional and mixed-use projects.

Our firm assists from the early stages of development from the initial land acquisition and financing up to the registration of condominium projects


We act on behalf of leading developers and builders of subdivisions in Ontario. We provide transactional services and advice during every phase of a project, assisting our clients with land acquisition and financing all the way through to the registration of the subdivision and sale of individual homes.

Our firm advises clients on their obligations when dealing with municipalities as it pertains to proposed subdivision developments, along with relevant regulatory matters which routinely arise.


Our firm features a broad commercial real estate practice, with expertise in land acquisition, registration of plans of subdivision, new builder sales, as well as greenfields and brownfields development. We regularly advise private equity funds and investment trusts which invest in real estate. 

The world of commercial real estate can be complex, and our firm is ready to assist in every step of the way. From acting on routine purchase and sale transactions and undertaking due diligence in order to ensure the objectives our clients can be reached; our firm has the knowledge and expertise to ensure your project meets your needs.


Our lawyers regularly advise developers and investors on joint ventures, delivering tax efficient and flexible solutions.

Our firm provides advice on cost-sharing agreements, reciprocal agreements, memorandums of understanding and development management agreements, to name a few.


Our firm acts for both landlords and tenants on commercial leasing matters. Our landlord clients include real estate investment trusts, private equity funds and entrepreneurs. Our tenant clients include multinational corporations, national and local retailers and industrial and office users.

We help and advise on commercial, industrial and office leasing matters. No matter is too simple or too complex for our team of lawyers to effectively guide you on the nuances of your commercial lease.


The partners of Harris, Sheaffer LLP have been advisors for over 25 years to Schedule I financial institutions. In addition, we frequently act for institutional and private lenders of higher risk loans in the real estate sector. Coupling our expertise in development and leasing with our loan expertise we provide specialized counsel to lenders involved in the real estate market.


Our corporate and tax lawyers provide strategic transactional advice. We also provide a wide range of services to our business clients, focusing primarily on professionals and owner managed businesses. For individual clients we provide comprehensive advice concerning tax and estate planning.

Our lawyers help business owners ensure their future objectives are met, keeping in mind tax considerations and working in conjunction with accounting professionals.