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 recently-revised 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 lenders. She has represented contractors, 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, student residences, luxury homes and cottages, 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.
Natasha presently teaches Legal Remedies at Windsor Law School. She also spent three semesters teaching the Negotiation course at Osgoode Hall Law School. 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 is an associate chair of the United Way Law Cabinet. She regularly acts as pro bono duty counsel, appearing on behalf of unrepresented litigants in court and at the Human Rights Tribunal. In lieu of receiving wedding presents, Natasha and her partner - with the help of friends and colleagues - raised enough money to sponsor a refugee family’s move to Canada.
While pursuing her law degree, Natasha volunteered as a litigator for Community Legal Aid, where she provided legal services to Windsor residents. Natasha was also the outreach coordinator for the innovative Law Enforcement Accountability Project, and a founding and executive member of Windsor’s Student Animal Legal Defence Fund.