Matthew Lakatos-Hayward

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Matthew Lakatos-Hayward is an associate in Goodmans Environmental and Municipal and Land Development Group.

Matthew’s clients include developers and contractors, industrial and extractive industry businesses, investment funds, landowners, and farmers. He has also acted for municipalities and other public entities.

His area of practice focuses on environmental law and land-use planning matters. Matthew regularly advises and advocates on behalf of clients to secure approvals to redevelop and use lands, including with respect to planning approvals, municipal and construction approvals, environmental impact assessments, and environmental permits.

Matthew also provides environmental advice on a variety of commercial transactions, project-related matters, and environmental compliance. He advises on the environmental risks associated with transactions and commercial leasing.

Matthew is developing his practice in the defence of environmental prosecutions and environmental management systems. Matthew regularly advises clients on establishing and implementing appropriate environmental policies. He regularly assesses various industrial policies to determine the risk of contravening environmental laws.  He also advises clients on responding to requests for environmental regulators and defends them against any environmental prosecution.

He also has experience working on a variety of intensification, infill, and greenfield development projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area and across Ontario.

Matthew has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior and Divisional Courts, and Provincial Offences Court. He also regularly appears before various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Land Tribunal, the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board, and the Toronto Local Appeal Body. He has also appeared before municipal councils, the Committee of Adjustment, and multi-party arbitrations and mediations.

Matthew has been recommended in the area of Environmental law by The Legal 500 Canada.

Featured Work

  • Westjet Group in its acquisition of Sunwing Airlines
  • Brookfield Infrastructure in its $4 billion sale of Enwave Energy Corporation to two Canadian investors and two US investors
  • Core FSC Lakeshore GP Inc., in successfully receiving approvals through an appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal to construct a 26-storey tower in the City of Burlington
  • Profile Product LLC in its acquisition of Sunterra Horticulture Inc., one of the largest producers of professional-grade sphagnum peat moss in Canada


    Professional Involvement

    Matthew is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Environmental Law and Municipal Law Sections. He is involved in a number of mentorship initiatives for environmental law and LGBTQ2S+ professionals.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Law Society of Ontario
    • Canada Bar Association
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • The Advocates' Society