Chris Barnett

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Toronto

  • Phone:
    416.365.3502
  • Fax:
    416.777.7407

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Profile

Chris Barnett is a partner at Davis LLP and practises in the areas of administrative and regulatory law, with a focus on  municipal and planning advice and environmental approvals.  He is the Chair of the Municipal Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.

He specializes in providing clients in both the public and private sectors with strategic advice on co-ordinating and addressing the various levels of approvals required for complex projects.

Chris advises public sector clients on a broad range of matters, including growth management issues, cultural heritage, parkland dedication/valuations, employment land and aggregate resource policies, as well as ward boundary reviews.

He also advises large landowner groups on Development Charges and cost sharing matters, environmental assessment processes and approvals and the implications of  provincial policies and initiatives.

Chris is the head of the Toronto office Municipal and Land Use Planning practice. He has been selected as the 2015 Municipal Law Best Lawyer of the Year (Toronto) by the Best Lawyers in Canada, and is "Repeatedly Recommended" in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Property Development.

Chris appears regularly before the Ontario Municipal Board and municipal councils, and has appeared before Environmental Review Tribunal and all levels of courts in Ontario.

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Recognition

  • Lawyer of the Year (Municipal Law - Toronto), Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Municipal Law), 2014
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Property Development),  Repeatedly Recommended

Associations

  • Chair, 2014-2015  Municipal Law Section Executive, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Advocates Society
  • Chair, Four Villages Community Health Centre Board of Directors
  • Member, Board of Directors, Interprovincial Music Camp

Called to the Bar

  • Ontario, 1996

Education

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall, York University, 1994
  • B.A., (Political Science and History), University of Toronto, 1991

Languages

  • English