Heather chairs the firm’s Real Estate Group and is the co-managing partner of the firm. Her practice is focused on commercial real estate and real estate land development, especially for residential, commercial and industrial subdivisions and condominiums. She has an extensive practice in commercial, industrial and farm real estate purchases, sales and secured transactions, zoning and land use planning, real estate development and financing, joint ventures, real estate remedies and determination of real property rights. She is also a seasoned residential real estate practitioner, having completed thousands of purchases and sales over her career, with particular expertise in cottage transactions and family conveyancing and co-tenancy agreements between generations.
In Heather’s land development practice, she has represented large and experienced builders and land developers as well as business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors who are interested in developing land for the first time. She has guided clients from initial land acquisition, through official plan amendment and rezoning, severances, minor variance applications and site plan/subdivision plan or condominium application approvals. She is exceptionally skilled in coordinating the efforts of all the important contributors to the client’s development throughout the municipal planning process, including the surveyor, planner, architect, real estate agent, property manager and builder. She has appeared before Municipal Councils, Committees of Adjustment, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board in the course of her land development practice. Her team approach to projects is organized, thorough, timely, and cost-effective for her clients.
Heather has completed numerous condominium development projects throughout the GTA, from land acquisition and disclosure document preparation, through the planning approvals process, to occupancy closings, condominium registration and final closings of units to purchasers. She has organized the first Boards of Directors for newly incorporated Condominium Corporations and completed the turnover meetings to them. She also advises many Condominium Corporations with their ongoing governance issues.
Heather also heads the firm’s leasing practice, specializing in commercial, industrial and shopping centre leasing for Landlords and Tenants. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Law Group, where she focuses on business acquisitions and sales and secured transactions.