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Lawyer | Commercial Leasing

Francine is a leading lawyer in Canada in the area of commercial leasing transactions. Following her call to the Ontario bar in 1983, Francine practiced law with a large Toronto law firm in the area of real estate development, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing transactions; her move to Daoust Vukovich in 1996 solidified her reputation in this area of the law.

Since then, she continues to work in that area of law, and has also added building-related telecommunications transactions to her practice, acting on behalf of building owners opposite telecommunications service providers.

Francine is also directly involved in her family real estate development and property management enterprise, and as a result brings a solid business-minded approach to her legal practice.


Recognition & Awards

  • Named in the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Canada list
  • Listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 edition
  • Recognized as the 2018 Toronto Commercial Leasing Law "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada



Fundamental Breach - Adding to the Tenant's Arsenal

Dec 05, 2000 | Article

Written by Francine Baker-Sigal and Joseph Grignano (ICSC Shopping Center Legal Update, Vol. 20, Issue 3) In 1971 the Supreme Court of Canada, thro...

Implied Waiver by Landlord - An Unexpected Result

Apr 13, 1999 | Article

Written by Jeanne Banka with Francine Baker-Sigal (ICSC Shopping Centre Legal Update, Vol. 19, Issue ) The courts have repeatedly held that by acce...


Francine has been a frequent contributor to numerous industry and legal publications including:

  • Legal Update for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • The Shopping Centre Newsletter
  • Legal Alert
  • Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy publication

She has also been involved in many industry conferences such as the ICSC Canadian Law Conference as Co-Chair and as a speaker at seminars conducted by Insight Education Service, Institute for International Research, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) and the Law Society of Ontario.

Francine Baker-Sigal

P: 416-597-8755

Luisa Sabadello
Legal Assistant
P: 416-597-6779


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Founding Member, Toronto CREW (the Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women's Association)


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