Toronto, Ontario Civil Litigation

Whatever type of representation you require, Atkinson Law will invest our personal time and attention to ensure a winning strategy with cost effective results.

Construction Liens

A construction lien is a claim made against a property by a contractor or other professionals who have supplied labour or materials for work on that property. When registered on title to a property, a construction lien gives the claimant the benefit of protection for unpaid services or materials that were supplied for an improvement to the property. The lien can only be discharged by order of the court, often on terms protecting the claimant, or by agreement of the parties.

The lawyers at our law firm have experience acting for property owners, general contractors and trades on lien claims. On behalf of property owners, we have successfully challenged the validity of construction liens as well as the timing of the registration of construction liens. Atkinson Law has also assisted in obtaining the recovery for trades and contractors who have had to register construction liens to coerce payment of their unsettled accounts.

Real Estate Disputes

There are various reasons for real estate disputes to arise. Atkinson Law has assisted clients with numerous reasons for claims, such as breached purchase and sale agreements, situations where buyers were not made aware of defects to a property and disputes with neighbours requiring legal intervention. Many of the cases we handle involve claims for specific performance, the registration of certificates of pending litigation, as well as claims for damages.

Our firm has considerable experience attending court for disputes arising from certificates of litigation as well as injunctions concerning real property. We know and understand the importance of tying up a property or resisting having your property tied up expeditiously.

Commercial Tenancy Disputes

The legal framework governing commercial tenancy disputes such as leases of offices, warehouses, production facilities, and other business premises are governed by different laws than that of residential tenancies. Commercial leases require a thorough review and understanding of the applicable provisions of the lease and knowledge of applicable case law relating to relief from forfeiture and other legal principles that impact both landlords and tenants.

Our firm has extensive experience acting on behalf of both commercial tenants as well as landlords in litigating commercial lease disputes. We are qualified in dealing with evictions, relief from forfeiture and damages, cases involving breaches of a lease, and many other landlord/tenant disputes.

Breach of Contract

Breaches of obligation give rise to the breach of contract claims. The obligation might be expressly contained in an agreement otherwise could be implied from other terms of the agreement. These agreements could be in writing or could even be verbal and can give rise to a claim for damages, injunctive or other relief including specific performance.

Atkinson Law handles litigation arising from all varieties of contractual breaches. We have ample experience litigating breach of contracts concerning commercial contracts, employment contracts, contracts for the sale of land, breaches of verbal agreements and many others.

Debt Collection

Obtaining a judgment is often not the end of litigation. Judgment debtors unwilling to abide by court orders can add significant expense and delay to creditors looking to enforce their rights. Creditors then have to look to force debtors to pay by employing debt collection techniques.

Our Toronto law firm is experienced in debt collection and taking the steps necessary to force debtors to pay. Our steps in debt collection are to enforce judgments including conducting examinations in aid of execution (judgment/debtor examinations), obtaining writs of seizure and sale as well as garnishing bank accounts and salaries.

Mortgage Litigation and Enforcement

It is often required to commence litigation in order to enforce a creditor’s rights. Whether the matter involves a mortgage, promissory note or other debt, Atkinson law provides knowledgeable, professional and effective skills to pursue our clients’ rights.

We regularly act for both mortgagees and mortgagors in an effort to protect their property and ensure their rights are defended. We are very familiar with the issues and the challenges that both creditors and debtors face and we can provide assistance from all angles.

Whether you are dealing with a recent default and need to know your options, or you are a sophisticated lender looking to pursue possession and judgment, Atkinson Law has the experience and expertise to provide effective and seamless legal service.

Atkinson Law has proven to be an invaluable partner in the efficient and strategic navigation of complex transactions ranging from real estate to corporate litigation.  We have described Atkinson Law as the legal laser that saves time and money by cutting straight to core issues.

Andrew T.
April 28, 2016

I was in the midst of an internal shareholder dispute as well as intertwined real estate litigation that required some urgent legal assistance when I connected with Atkinson Law. Ryan and his team were able to quickly distill the relevant facts and come up with a plan that was efficiently executed. I would say Ryan’s greatest attributes are his passion for strategic legal thinking and his deep understanding of corporate, real estate and litigation law, which enable him to very efficiently navigate and favourably resolve complex legal issues. Ryan is extremely enjoyable to work with and his strategic approach quickly brings clarity to an initial stressful situation.

Timothy M.
Business Law / Real Estate Law
June 1, 2017

I was lucky to connect with Atkinson Law 5 years ago at a challenging moment in my life, I needed a lawyer to represent me in court the very next morning, and found Atkinson law online.  They were very helpful and supportive, and more importantly, we won the case.  Since then Atkinson law handles all my legal matters, I feel safe and I know I am always protected.  With the help of Atkinson Law, I am growing my business and avoiding costly mistakes.  I have referred several of my business partners and clients to Atkinson Law and they are all very happy with the service!

Irene N. Delorraine, BBA
Real Estate Sales Representative
August 30, 2017

Ryan Atkinson was recommended to me through a close friend and business associate,  My personal experience has been that Ryan and his team are consummate professionals who are fearless street fighters when it comes to protecting the interests of their clients.

I would recommend Ryan and Atkinson Law without hesitation to anyone in need of fair and competent legal counsel.

Thank you Atkinson Law for your fine work on behalf of me and my family.

Chris Boudakian
President – Cyclone Creative Inc.
August 30, 2017

The team at Atkinson Law has helped us navigate through complex real estate deals on multiple occasions.  They are consistently quick to respond with high quality answers and solutions.  Their administration staff is very professional, punctual, and a pleasure to work with.  Ryan has come to the table many times with strategic legal advice that has allowed us to make informed decisions with confidence.

Adam Overing
August 31, 2017

An amazing team. Ryan and associates are true professionals. Ryan was introduced to me by a long time friend who recommended his services when my brother and I were having some issues with a mortgage investment.  I was  impressed with the manner in which Ryan handled himself in the court proceedings.  I have come to know him on a personal and professional level.

Most recently he acted for me and my brother on a power of sale issue with great success in court.  He is an experienced lawyer, detail-oriented, one who understands the intricacies of the law but does not lose sight of the real world.  He is prompt in returning calls, texts and emails.

Ryan and his staff go above and beyond for their clients in order to give them the best possible advice.  They are efficient, pay attention to the last detail and get the job done.  It is comforting to know that someone is truly looking out for your interest. I will not hesitate to recommend Ryan and his team.  Overall, an excellent team that provides high quality service.

Kris Rupchand
Private Lender and Real Estate Investor
September 14, 2020

The team at Atkinson Law have successfully handled our legal matters since 2018, covering a variety of cases, including real estate and fraud. Ryan is quick to understand and assess the merits of an issue, outline potential solutions, and the likelihood of success, before proceeding with the best approach to win your case. He is extremely bright, pays attention to every detail, and anticipates the moves of the other parties well in advance, so he is prepared for any scenario.

As clients, we find it very easy to talk with the lawyers at Atkinson Law – they are empathetic to your situation and translate complex law terms into easy-to-understand language. Atkinson Law is our family’s law firm of choice and we wholeheartedly recommend their legal services to others.

Richard and Janice Price
Private Lenders and Real Estate Investors
September 28, 2020

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Atkinson Law

17B Cosmo Road
Toronto, ON M8X 1Z3
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Tel: 1-800-539-3203
or 1-416-900-1252
Fax: 1-416-516-2208

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