Natasha Carew

Natasha Carew is a litigation partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She is well-versed in a range of commercial disputes involving construction, infrastructure, public private partnerships (P3s), business partnerships, shareholders, debtors and creditors, employment contracts, consulting contracts, commercial leasing, and insurance. Her clients range from multi-national corporations to start-up companies and individuals.

Natasha helps construction industry clients successfully navigate Ontario's Construction Act. She has expertise in adjudication, prompt payment, the prosecution and defence of construction lien actions, deficiency claims, delay claims, and priority disputes between lien claimants and mortgagees. She has represented contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, designers, developers, lenders, and joint venture partners in respect of disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects, including P3 projects (stadia, tracks, residences, light rail transit & hospitals), condominiums, university campus residences, luxury properties, and wind farms.

Natasha seeks to achieve efficient and cost-effective results through alternative dispute resolution tools, including mediation and settlement conferences. When necessary, she is an aggressive advocate for her clients at Ontario's courts and at arbitrations across the country.

As a past adjunct professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School (teaching negotiation) and Windsor Law School (teaching legal remedies), Natasha is committed to mentorship and professional development. In addition to teaching, she frequently presents to clients and other lawyers on the topics of construction law, remedies, expert witnesses, and legal writing.

Natasha has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and in the Lexpert Special Edition – Infrastructure.

Natasha is passionate about volunteering and fundraising. She regularly acts as pro bono counsel, including as counsel to a single mother in a property dispute and a transgender man in an employment dispute. In lieu of receiving wedding presents, Natasha and her partner - with the help of friends and colleagues - raised enough money to privately sponsor a refugee family's resettlement in Canada. Natasha led the sponsorship effort, finding housing for the family of four and supporting them financially and logistically during their first year in Canada.

A newly minted marathon runner, Natasha enjoys being outside and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Career & Recognition

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Representative Work

  • Counsel to several Ontario based contractors and subcontractors in respect of construction lien disputes under the Construction Act
  • Counsel to several Ontario based lenders in respect of priority disputes under the Construction Act
  • Counsel to various municipalities in respect of insured claims
  • Counsel to Crown agency in respect of claims management and disputes on various provincial infrastructure projects
  • Counsel to the owner of a $4 billion gold mine development project in Ontario; responsible for claims management and mitigating risk in respect of multiple disputes pertaining to construction liens, delay, and performance issues
  • Counsel to community housing provider in $16 million construction lien and delay claim dispute with its general contractor
  • Counsel to the insurer for a design consortium in respect of claims by construction consortium arising from a P3 contract for the design and construction of a light rail public transit system
  • Counsel to construction company in an employment and shareholder oppression dispute
  • Counsel to a general contractor in an $85 million dispute with its international joint venture partner arising from a P3 contract for the design and construction of stadia and running tracks
  • Acting for private equity investment firm in respect of a dispute with bid partner and the Crown arising from an RFP for a P3 contract
  • Counsel to an international contractor in a $30 million dispute with developer regarding change orders, delays and a force majeure event arising from the design and construction of a wind farm in Ontario; representing contractor with respect to associated subcontractor disputes
  • Counsel to a multinational corrosion engineer and masonry contractor in a $10 million arbitration arising from a failed component of a carbon capture plant
  • Counsel to a University in a $10 million dispute with its general contractor and subcontractors arising from the construction of student residences
  • Counsel to a materials supplier in a construction lien dispute in respect of land owned by the Crown and administered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Counsel to a condo corporation in respect of deficiencies arising from a church to condo conversion project
  • Counsel to a university in respect of the expropriation of a parcel of land in Toronto
  • Counsel to a commercial landlord in a series of commercial leasing disputes
  • Counsel to a health technology startup in various commercial, shareholder and employment disputes
  • Counsel to a health care sector consultancy in a commercial contract dispute
  • Counsel to a consulting company in respect of the breaches of fiduciary duty and non-compete clauses by departed executives
  • Counsel to an investment dealer in a shareholder dispute
  • Counsel to a marketing company in an arbitration arising from a commercial contract dispute
  • On team representing plaintiffs in class action lawsuit against the Canadian government arising from improper deductions of disability pension benefits payable under the Pension Act from Veteran Affairs Canada income support programs: the Earnings Loss Benefit and Canadian Forces Income Support benefit