Retail and property law deals with issues that are critically important to the retail industry. From construction and development, through to merchandise agreements, it demands an in-depth understanding of the law and an astute insight into the retail industry. That’s exactly what Parlee McLaws’ Retail Real Estate law group offers our clients.

We work on behalf of some of North America’s most prominent grocery, food service, mini-mart and big box retailers, and in some instances our relationships with clients span more than 50 years. Our clients stay with us because they know we know the retail industry inside and out, including all manner and size of shopping centre projects. From mixed-use commercial projects and regional malls, to freestanding stores, our legal skills have helped guide all aspects of development, construction and operations. We are also skilled in issues such as land assembly, zoning and easement, leasing and enforcement of restrictive covenants, and finance, business and employment matters that impact owners, operators and tenants.

Guiding you through the retail and property law process

Our Retail law professionals are skilled in dealing with legal issues that directly impact the retail sector, including construction and development, leasing and property management, labour and employment, liability and litigation, merchandizing and international retail processes.

We regularly advise on construction contracts and on negotiating anchor leases and reciprocal easement agreements. Once properties have been built, we represent landlords and tenants in drafting and negotiating leases, and advise on lease-related construction, renovation, redevelopment and insurance and property management issues. When challenges arise, our team includes skilled litigators who are experienced in lease enforcement and landlord-tenant disputes. We are adept at dealing with labour and employment issues, including representing owners in certification drives and collective bargaining negotiations.

Retail clients also count on us to represent them in relation to liability and litigation issues, and to assist with critical buying and distribution agreements. And when international retailers look to expand into Canada, we can pave the way with advice on business incorporation, franchising and labour policies that ensure they’re compliant with government regulations.