Trademarks and Copyright Law

Rosa Carlino and Doug Shanks practice extensively in the area of intellectual property law.  They are registered trademark agents.  Their expertise and experience in this area includes trademarks, tradenames, patents, copyright law, intellectual property, trade secrets and license agreements.

Real Estate

Ken Ritson, Rosa Carlino, Kaitlin Roka, Doug Shanks, Cody Fraser and Karson Blackwood devote a substantial amount of their practice to both residential and commercial real estate. Matters such as the acquisition and sale of landfinancingland-use planning and other issues which may arise in the course of business are handled with expertise.

Our real estate lawyers also have extensive experience in Condominium Law in Thunder Bay. Cheadles has represented many developers, in the establishment of a number of condominium proposals in Thunder Bay and the firm provides ongoing advice to a number of condominium corporations on their day to day operations.

In addition, Cheadles also represents various developers in the design and creation of residential plans of subdivision and in the sale of their lots.

Public-Private Joint Ventures

Increasingly, limits are being placed upon the public purse. Municipal and other levels of government are looking for ways to involve the private sector in funding and operating infrastructure or facilities that traditionally are operated exclusively by the public sector. Cheadles has a history of aiding in ventures that merge these two sectors.

Privacy and Data Protection Law

Privacy and Data Protection Law

Whether intentional or accidental, security breaches involving personal or confidential information can significantly damage an organization’s reputation and lead to significant liability. An organization that collects, uses or discloses personal information is subject to a complex framework of privacy and data collection laws involving statutory, regulatory, and common law requirements and restrictions in Canada.

Among other things, Cheadles can assist clients by ensuring compliance and minimizing liability before, during, and after potential and actual privacy or data breach incidents by providing the following services:

  1. Guidance to management on privacy and data protection obligations;
  2. Support during the development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements;
  3. Provide training on compliance obligations and liability;
  4. Review of third-party agreements to ensure privacy and data protection obligations are complied with;
  5. Review investigation reports of potential or actual breaches and provide a legal opinion on liability;
  6. Liaise with regulatory authorities, such as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner;
  7. Defend against litigation relating to a data or privacy breach incidents; and
  8. Defend against regulatory proceedings and negotiation with regulatory agencies.

Essentially, Cheadles can help clients understand how they can balance business objectives with complex compliance requirements.

If you are unsure whether your organization complies with its privacy and data protection obligations, give Cheadles a call and let us know how we can help.

Municipal Law

Our team includes a member who devotes much of his time to municipal law and municipal tax assessment. Cheadles is proficient with the Municipal Act, the Assessment Act, and related legislation. We regularly represent clients in municipal tax assessments at the Ontario Municipal Board. We also handle zoning matters and related issues.

Mining Law

Our lawyers have extensive experience representing the region’s developing mining companies. We are an experienced Canadian law firm with an office situated in the heart of Northwestern Ontario, where mining is an established part of the economy.

We are ready to assist in both the exploration and development phases of mining ventures. We represent mining companies involved in the extraction of many types of metals and minerals.

Mine Exploration Phase

•    Confidentiality agreements
•    Option, farm-in and joint venture agreements from the simple to the complex
•    Socio-economic impact agreements and joint venture agreements with First Nations
•    Initial public offerings, stock exchange listings
•    Private placements, special warrant financings, flow-through share offerings
•    Exchange offering prospectuses, local and national prospectus offerings
•    Claims disputes and title opinions

Mine Development Phase

•    Project financing
•    Mineral production sales contracts
•    Custom milling, toll roasting and similar contracts
•    Environmental assessment and regulatory hearings and permitting
•    Economic development/impact and benefits agreement
•    Construction contracts and litigation

Operating Phase

•    Acquisitions, dispositions, and restructuring
•    Labour and employment issues including collective bargaining and human rights
•    Property tax assessment and appeals
•    Defences to environmental prosecutions

Closure and Abandonment

•    Employee termination and severance
•    Mine reclamation approval, bonding and/or funding
•    Site remediation and abandonment liabilities and certification

Human Rights Law

One of the staples of our democratic society in Canada is our commitment to human rights regulations. It is crucial for businesses today to exercise vigilance when it comes to human rights issues and their compliance during hiring practices, daily employment, and other standards outlined in the Human Rights Code and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

At Cheadles we are experienced at handling human rights claims, especially those relating to employment and labour law, and education law.

Jordan LesterNathan Wainwright, and Michel Caza devote a portion of their practices to human rights matters.

Health Law

With the rapid reform and paring down of Ontario’s health care system, Nathan Wainwright is available to assist in health care reform and reorganization. He is interested in methods of organizing our ailing health care system to assist it in becoming more efficient.

Cheadles provides advice to health care administrators and professionals on tools to structure the provision of health care in today’s world.

Franchise Law

Doug Shanks is our resident authority on the law of franchises, representing several international franchisors and franchisees throughout Northwestern Ontario.

Franchising has been the preferred method of business operation in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and will continue to be so in the future. Doug has the expertise to ask the right questions and ensure the proper changes are made to franchise agreements, which enables all parties to arrive at a mutually beneficial outcome.

Family Law

Bill ShanksTyra Ohman, Courtney Turner and Tisha Hasan devote a substantial part of their practices to matters involving family law. He is available to provide advice in the negotiating, settling, and/or litigating of all issues which may arise in this area. These issues may include divorcesupport applicationscustody or access to children, and family property claims.

Bill Shanks has certification in mediation from the University of Windsor and is available to participate in mediations as counsel or as a mediator, as required.