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Ian Andres


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.5160
Fax:   416.979.1234

Ian Andres is the head of the Administrative Law group at Goodmans.  His practice encompasses a wide variety of municipal and land development matters for public and private sector clients throughout Ontario.  He assists clients on municipal issues ranging from by-law interpretation and enforcement to complex planning applications and appeals with significant environmental, infrastructure and heritage components.  He also frequently represents landowners on property tax assessment and rebate appeals, and provides advice on development grant incentives and brownfield remediation programs (especially the City of Toronto’s IMIT program), as well as municipal financing, expropriation, freedom of information, procurement, lobbying and permit issues.  Ian regularly appears before municipal committees and councils, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (former Ontario Municipal Board), the Assessment Review Board and the Superior Court of Justice.

In recent years, Ian has been involved in several complicated land use policy hearings regarding settlement area expansions, employment land issues, heritage conservation and intensification projects.  He often represents land owners on consent and minor variance appeals, and he is actively pursuing development applications and approvals on behalf of numerous clients in various municipalities.  In addition, Ian has acted for residents groups and several public sector clients on key governance, financing, infrastructure and policy initiatives.  

Ian is a long-time member of the Ontario Bar Association Municipal Law Section Executive and is currently serving as its Chair.  He has participated in various OBA subcommittees and focus groups, authored several research papers, and is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars.

In 2018, Ian was honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.  He was also named by his peers in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada for his work in municipal and real estate law, and he is recognized as an “Up and Coming” zoning and land use lawyer in the Chambers Canada 2019 legal rankings.

Ian joined the firm as a summer student in 2005.  He returned for his articles in 2006-2007, became an associate in 2007 and a partner in 2014.  

Education University of Toronto (J.D. (with Honours Standing), 2006)
University of Toronto (B.A. (Hons, Political Science/Criminology, with Distinction), 2002)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association (Chair of Municipal Law Section Executive)

Year of Call

2007 Ontario