Neil McCormick is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the Business Law Group.
Neil's practice is focused on not-for-profit corporations and charities whom he regularly assists with a variety of governance, corporate, contractual, and compliance issues. Neil also provides similar advice to unincorporated associations and joint ventures.
With respect to governance, Neil routinely provides advice on by-law interpretation questions, the fiduciary obligations of directors, conflicts of interest, the removal of directors, balancing different stakeholder interests, member management, and corporate best practices more generally. Neil is also well-versed in corporate meeting laws and rules, and helps his clients to navigate contentious and non-contentious meetings.
Neil is regularly involved in a variety of corporate transactions involving not-for-profit corporations and charities, including amalgamations, continuances, and dissolutions.
With respect to contracts, Neil regularly assists clients with their domestic and international contractual arrangements, including membership agreements, services agreements, agency agreements, joint venture agreements, and memoranda of understanding (MOUs).
From a compliance perspective, Neil has an extensive knowledge of the corporate statutes governing not-for-profit corporations in Canada, and provides advice to his clients on compliance issues relating to them. He also regularly assists clients to apply for charitable status and represents them in objections to revocation proceedings.
Neil brings a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to his practice. He has participated in secondments to the Law Departments of Bell Canada, NAV CANADA, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.