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We Serve the Purchasing Needs of the Public Sector

The Procurement Law Office provides public institutions with standard-setting services delivered by a team of lawyers dedicated to the practice of government procurement. With a client portfolio spanning six time zones and covering every sector of government, we serve the public interest like no other law practice in Canada.

The Procurement Law Office specializes in public procurement law, representing clients across all sectors of government and all regions of Canada. With decades of combined government procurement experience, our lawyers are uniquely positioned to understand and meet the needs of public purchasing clients. We provide legal services throughout all stages of the procurement process, offering project support, legal advice and opinions, litigation services, institutional reviews, and template and protocol development.

Through our affiliate, the Procurement Training Office, we also provide comprehensive training for procurement professionals through our own programs and in association with Osgoode Hall Law School, and industry associations such as the Supply Chain Management Association.

We have a strong track record of success with prominent, high-stakes projects and have updated the procurement practices of major institutions across all sectors of government and industry. Our clients include municipalities and municipal entities, colleges and universities, school boards, health sector entities, shared services organizations, and federal and provincial departments, ministries and agencies.

Buy What You Need…

On Time

On Time

Tight timeframes are a fact of life. Our surge control initiatives get our clients to market fast.

On Budget

On Budget

We leverage the latest tendering formats and technologies to help our clients get value for money.

By The Rules

By The Rules

Get the tools you need to navigate the complex regulatory environment of  public procurement.
  • Advice and opinions
  • Tendering templates
  • RFX drafting and reviews
  • Transactional support
  • Institutional reviews
  • Risk assessments
  • Project leadership
  • Protocols and procedures
  • Bylaw development
  • Negotiation support
  • Bid dispute support
  • Project governance
  • Litigation strategy
  • Contract drafting
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Why We Stand Out

We practice almost exclusively in the area of procurement law and represent only purchasing institutions, predominantly in the public sector. All of our resources are devoted to this constantly evolving field, and each project we undertake deepens our specialized knowledge and enhances the benefits we provide to all our clients.
We believe that to deliver meaningful procurement solutions to public bodies, professionals must have a thorough understanding of the complexities of public governance. Procurement cannot be isolated from the workings of the institution as a whole. Our lead lawyers have worked in in-house government positions and understand public administration from the inside out.
We have updated the procurement practices of major institutions in all sectors of the public service and provided advice to government ministries and departments on such critical issues as legislative amendments and multi-million dollar tendering-related litigation.
Our select focus on purchaser-side procurement law allows us to stay exceptionally current on emerging trends and to devote ourselves to the development of services that will result in long-term change for client institutions. Our RFX templates are carefully crafted and regularly updated to maintain compatibility with the Agreement on Internal Trade, regional trade treaties, and local charters, bylaws and policies, and are structured with a view to meeting the common law tendering duties that apply to purchasing institutions. Our institutional review process integrates and applies over a thousand legal rules and best practices drawn from case law, domestic and international trade treaties, procurement statutes and regulations, procurement directives and public inquiry, task force, and auditor general reports.
Through our affiliate, the Procurement Office, we deliver training to procurement professionals from in­stitutions across Canada, both independently and in collaboration with industry groups and with Osgoode Hall Law School. We view personnel training as an integral and often overlooked part of procurement reform, and have the resources and experience needed to ensure that front-line staff can implement the improvements envisioned by management.

Recognition and Awards

  • Global Law Experts Canadian Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year 2011 to 2016
  • Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award for Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year in Canada 2012, 2014 and 2016
  • Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award for Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year in Canada 2013 and 2015
  • ACQ Law Awards Canada Public Procurement Law Firm of the Year 2012 to 2016
  • General Counsel Paul Emanuelli recognized by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 Lawyer in the area of Public Procurement in Canada since 2013
  • General Counsel Paul Emanuelli recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the ten top public procurement lawyers worldwide

Executive Team

Paul Emanuelli
Paul EmanuelliGeneral Counsel and Managing Directror
Paul Emanuelli is an internationally known author and procurement lawyer with an extensive track record of public speaking, publishing and training. Before launching the Procurement Law Office, he practiced for over ten years as Crown Counsel for Ontario.
Marilyn Brown
Marilyn BrownSenior Legal Counsel and Deputy Managing Director
Marilyn Brown is a public sector lawyer with ten years intensive practice in the area of procurement law. Before joining the Procurement Law Office, Marilyn worked in the City of Toronto’s Legal Services Division.
Jennifer Marston
Jennifer MarstonLegal Counsel and Director of Product Development and Training
Jennifer Marston is a former litigator and a professional editor. She works with the Procurement Law Office on governance reviews, research and policy reports, and template development.
Heather Baker
Heather BakerExecutive Assistant and Procurement Advisor
Heather Baker is instrumental in supporting all aspects of our operations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies and Psychology and has worked in the procurement sector for almost a decade.
Jackie Harris
Jackie HarrisProduct and Business Development Manager
Jackie Harris spearheads our marketing and business development initiatives. She is an entrepreneur and strategic thinker with varied experience enhancing opportunities, creating efficiencies and building relationships.

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