Administrative Law


Administrative law is a subset of public law that aims to regulate the relationship between the government and the governed (i.e., people and businesses) and serve as a check on governmental power. More specifically, it represents the body of general principles, including constitutional limitations, that shape the exercise of such power by public authorities.

Whether your business growth is hampered by governmental regulatory schemes, licensing issues or legislative limitations; or you are an individual who is subject to discriminatory or other types of measures that infringe upon your personal rights, Gowling WLG can help you navigate the complexities of administrative law and achieve your objectives.

Industry-leading experience

Our leading professionals have exceptional experience in both the public and private sectors, affording us a 360-degree perspective that equips us to provide sophisticated administrative, constitutional, regulatory and public policy advice on virtually any matter.

Leveraging our deep industry experience and strong track record of success, we give you a competitive advantage, delivering technically sound, strategic guidance and absolute certainty on what needs to be done and when.

Diverse experience

Our clients include businesses of all types, as well as all levels of government and their agencies, trade and professional associations, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, non-governmental agencies, Crown corporations, utilities companies, developers, and educational institutions.

Our professionals have represented the interests of our clients before public sector and government committees (including in the context of investigations), government task forces, administrative tribunals across Canada, and all levels of provincial, national and federal court.

We frequently act for individuals and businesses in constitutional cases concerning Division of Powers under ss. 91 and 92 of the Constitution Act, 1867, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. We also represent clients in human rights complaints under provincial human rights legislation or the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Attuned to your world

In a world with increasing regulation and compliance requirements, you need to know what changes are around the corner and how they could affect your business. Our international network of business law professionals are actively engaged with critical regulatory departments and industry organizations across the globe. Harnessing the power of these relationships, we help clients stay in the know and advance proposed regulatory amendments with key decision-makers.


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