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Partner | Commercial Leasing, Construction & Telecommunications

Brian is a partner at the firm. He has extensive experience advising, and negotiating on behalf of some of Canada’s largest and most active players in the real estate industry.

His practice is comprised of:

  • commercial leasing of retail, office, and industrial properties, of all classes and types; including in specialised areas such as: mixed use, medical, live-work, and commercial condominium;
  • construction and design agreements, including bespoke master contracts and supplementary conditions to CCDC, OAA, and RAIC forms; and
  • telecommunications access agreements and rooftop antennae deals.

Brian received his law degree from Osgoode Hall, where he was awarded the J. Friedman Prize in Commercial Real Estate. Before law school, Brian obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in physics and math (with honours), and a certificate in jazz guitar from Humber College (Toronto).


RealTea Episode 3: Brian Parker - Construction Contracts 101

Apr 29, 2023 | RealTea

In this instalment, Brian Parker "spills the tea" on construction contracts.

2022 ICSC Canadian Law Conference - Immovable Object Meets Irresistible Force

Jan 03, 2023 | Presentation

When they work together, landlords and tenants create vibrant shopping experiences that promote a maximum return on investment for both parties. While their interests align on this objective, achieving it often involves addressing matters where their respective interests compete. The mix of uses in a shopping centre is one such matter.

Five Things Leasing Lawyers Ought to Know About the New Construction Act

Apr 08, 2021 | Article

When landlords and tenants embark on improving their property, they wade into the world of construction – an industry known by lawyers for its web of contractual arrangements and complex statutory framework.

Choosing and Retaining Construction Consultants

Mar 01, 2019 | Article

Written by Dennis Daoust and Brian Parker (ICSC Law Conference 2019) INTRODUCTION Having a good consultant for your construction project is critica...

Insurance 101

Apr 30, 2018 | Article

Written by Deborah A. Watkins and Brian Parker (ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Law Conference) INTRODUCTION Insurance is a method to protect against...

Landlord Renovations and Redevelopments: When, if ever, do they give rise to a breach of the Landlord's covenant for Quiet Enjoyment?

Feb 18, 2016 | Article

Written by Deborah Watkins and Brian Parker (The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2016) When a landlord renovates or repairs its property it mu...

Security Deposits & Pre-Paid Rent: Treatment Upon Tenant's Bankruptcy In Canada

Jan 20, 2016 | Article

Written by Jamie Paquin and Brian Parker (ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Legal Update, Spring Issue 2016) Canadian landlords often require that tenants ...

Franchising & the Duty of Good Faith – post Bhasin

Oct 29, 2015 | Blawg

Last year, in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 (“Bhasin”), the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the duty of good faith in contractua...

Co-Owners & The Right of Partition or Sale

Aug 26, 2015 | Blawg

Co-owners are bound together by their shared ownership of a single piece of real estate. While each owner has a distinct interest in the land, neit...

Mortgage Fraud & Exceptions to Title Insurance

May 26, 2015 | Blawg

An all-to-`common form of mortgage fraud ​entails a fraudster impersonating the owner of a property and purporting to grant a mortgage in favo...

Redeveloping? Don’t touch the Sprinklers!

Mar 24, 2015 | Blawg

Owners who are redeveloping their property may be unaware of their ongoing obligations under Ontario’s Fire Code (O Reg 213/07 under the ...

Don't Lien on Me! The Construction Lien Act within the context of commercial leasing

Feb 18, 2015 | Article

Written by Gasper Galati and Brian Parker (The Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer 2015) This paper addresses construction lien issues which arise...

Good Faith Negotiation and Performance of Lease Covenants

Feb 25, 2014 | Article

Written by Wolfgang Kaufmann and Brian Parker (The Commons Institute Commercial Leasing Essentials Live Webcast 2014) "Good faith" is a term that i...

Arbitration and Mediation of Commercial Lease Disputes

Dec 10, 2013 | Article

Written by Wolfgang Kaufmann and Brian Parker (16th Commercial Real Estate Leases 2013) Commercial leases often involve long-term relationships. It...

Attornment and Non-Disturbance Agreements

Sep 10, 2013 | Article

Written by Natalie Vukovich and Brian Parker (LSUC, Commercial Mortgage Transactions 2013) As a commercial leasing lawyer, dealing exclusively with...



  • 2024 - ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Roundtable Leader
  • 2023 - ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Speaker
  • 2022 – ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Speaker
  • 2021 – Six Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer – Speaker
  • 2019 – ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Roundtable leader
  • 2019 – Canadian RealTrends Conference – Speaker
  • 2018 – ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Roundtable leader
  • 2017 – ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Roundtable leader
  • 2016 – Canadian Real Estate Forums – Roundtable leader
  • 2016 – ICSC, Canadian Law Conference – Roundtable leader

Brian Parker

P: 416-591-3036

Martin O'Brien
Legal Assistant
P: 416-364-6415


  • Member | Canadian Bar Association
  • Member | Law Society of Ontario
  • Member | International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)
  • Member | NAIOP (Toronto Chapter)


  • Called to the Bar | Ontario, 2014
  • J.D. | Osgoode Hall Law School(Recipient of Osgoode's Freidman Prize in Commercial Real Estate)
  • H.BSc., Physics & Mathematics | University of Alberta
  • Certificate, Construction Law | Osgoode Hall Law School 
  • Certificate, Jazz Performance | Humber College