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Commercial leasing is a unique aspect of real estate and commercial law that requires specialized knowledge and skills. Gowlings’ National Commercial Leasing Group comprises some of Canada’s leading lawyers with proven expertise in this multifaceted field. Committed to delivering practical and timely results, Group members provide clients with cost-effective, expert advice as well as innovative solutions and responsive documentation for both simple and complex transactions.  


The Commercial Leasing Group offers a full range of leasing services, including preparing the RFP, negotiating the offer and related leasing documents, and advising on the orderly turnover at the end of the term. We advise and represent landlords and tenants on a local and national scale on issues unique to commercial leasing, such as cost recovery and realty tax allocations and reporting obligations, how to select and apply measurement standards to achieve financial objectives, best practices for securing covenants, risk allocation and insurance matters, restoration obligations at lease conclusion, environmental due diligence, telecommunication integration, operating covenants and radius restrictions, and leasing of First Nations lands.


As part of a leading national full-service law firm with offices in most major cities across Canada, members of the Commercial Leasing Group have access to over 700 professionals across the country who practice in a variety of related areas, including litigation and dispute resolution; municipal law; urban development; corporate and business law; government relations and regulatory affairs; income, commodity and real estate taxation; infrastructure and energy law; trade mark and information technology; franchising and licensing; insolvency law; and construction law.

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