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Sean Gosnell

Sean Gosnell

Borden Ladner Gervais LLPBay Adelaide Centre22 Adelaide Street WestTorontoCanadaM5H 4E3
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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Sean Gosnell is a "hard-working" practitioner who is praised by commentators as "good at seeing the big picture". He is described as "very knowledgeable about land planning".


Sean Gosnell is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Sean has practised with BLG since joining the firm as an articling student in 1982, except for two years (1989–1990) when he was employed by Olympia and York Canary Wharf Limited in London, England, as its assistant chief operating officer and as an English solicitor, after qualifying in 1989.

Soon after returning to the firm Sean became a partner and between 2008 and 2014 was the regional practice group leader of the environmental, municipal, expropriation and regulatory group.

His work in this field covers three areas: advising governmental authorities in the design and implementation of large-scale land acquisition projects for infrastructure renewal; assisting private landowners in identifying opportunities for unlocking and creating value by pursuing enhanced land development approvals; and advising private landowners faced with compulsory land acquisition by governmental authorities.

Sean does extensive work for Metrolinx, the Ontario-owned entity that operates a commuter rail system in and around the greater Toronto area. Metrolinx, with the support of all levels of government, is in the process of a US$13.5 billion expansion and improvement of its rail and station system, including the creation of new corridors; the improvement of existing corridors; and the addition of new stations and the improvement of existing ones. He provides advice in regard to land acquisition and planning matters in connection with all of these matters.

Additionally, Sean has a significant practice representing lawyers in the defence of professional negligence claims in commercial and complex real estate matters. He also acts on business interruption loss claims. 

Drawing on connections to Chinese entities dating to his time in London, Sean provides general legal advice to several Hong Kong and Chinese mainland-based companies, and has lectured at Peking University. In addition to BA and JD degrees from the University of Toronto, Sean holds an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. Sean is recognised in Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts and Who's Who Legal (compendium edition). He has also been peer review-rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

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