Demystifying Defence & Security Regulation

© 2012 FrontLine Security (Vol 7, No 1)

Canada's largest law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), has long recognized that businesses operating in the defence and security industry sectors routinely encounter complex issues that require a specialized type of legal expertise. For this reason, it created a Defence and Security Industry Group comprised of lawyers, patent agents and other professionals who have sectoral experience working with industry clients in a wide range of areas.


Members of BLG Ottawa's Defence and Security. Industry Group, from left: Bruce Carr-Harris, Joachim Fritz, Barbara McIsaac, Vincent DeRose, Gerry Stobo, and Yvan Morin.

Given the sensitive nature of defence and security contracts, companies operating in these sectors face a web of regulations that can dictate the smallest of details. Bidding on such contracts requires careful navigation of a labyrinth of constantly changing rules. BLG helps its industry clients work their way through these laws and regulations while avoiding punishing sanctions that can result from a misstep.

Members of BLG's Defence and Security Industry Group regularly advise defence and security industry executives, ranging from large institutional clients to small and medium sized enterprises, with respect to government procurements and bid disputes; export controls and economic sanctions; access to information requests; federal and provincial lobbying rules; joint ventures and teaming agreements; intellectual property rights; and numerous other corporate, commercial and litigation matters.

The professionals within BLG's Defence and Security Industry Group have represented defence and security industry clients before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Some members of the group have also appeared before the Security Intelligence Review Committee and international dispute resolution panels established pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

BLG's commitment to service has resulted in the frequent recognition of many of its legal professionals at home and abroad. Professionals in BLG's Defence and Security Industry Group were featured in the 2012 editions of Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in Canada, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the 2011 editions of the International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

As Canadian defence and security industry companies strive to seize new market opportunities in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, they will need to rely upon a legal firm with both national strength and the local knowledge. With professionals in major urban centres across Canada, BLG's Defence and Security Industry Group can bring together teams from across the firm to address their client's most pressing and complex legal needs. 

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