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Kim Mullin | Partner

Kim is a partner with the firm. Kim acts for private sector and public sector clients in complex municipal law and land use planning matters and related litigation. Kim’s clients value her practical, problem-solving approach and her highly responsive client service.

Kim’s municipal law practice includes advising individuals, municipalities and other public bodies on jurisdictional and constitutional matters, bad faith claims, election issues, expropriation matters and business licensing issues. She also advises clients on issues relating to access to information, privacy complaints and privacy breaches.

Her land use planning practice spans a broad range of matters, from applications for minor variances and consents to sever land, to official plan and zoning by-law matters, plans of subdivision and site plan approval. Kim also has experience negotiating agreements relating to development and development financing. 

Kim regularly appears before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board), committees of adjustment and municipal councils and committees. She also has extensive litigation experience, including trials, applications for judicial review and appeals. She appears before all level of courts in Ontario and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Representative Experience

  • As counsel for a large institutional client, Kim worked with an interdisciplinary team to achieve approvals for the development of a new, state of the art, facility.
  • As counsel for a landowner, Kim successfully resisted an application to challenge the issuance of a building permit for construction on the landowner’s property.
  • As counsel for a GTA-area municipality, Kim worked with the municipality, local residents and the developer to reach a settlement of contentious appeals relating to the redevelopment of golf course lands.
  • As counsel for a municipality in cottage country, Kim defended the municipality’s comprehensive zoning by-law at the Ontario Municipal Board, including working with the municipality and various appellants to reach settlements on various issues. 

 

  • Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society
  • Skills Coach, Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR)/Osgoode Professional Development Advanced Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals
  • Guest Instructor, Osgoode Professional Development Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • Instructor, Planning Law, Ryerson University School of Urban and Regional Planning, 2011
  • Instructor, Development Law, Ryerson University Faculty of Architectural Science, 2004-2006
  • Recent speaking engagements:
    • "Interim Control By-laws and Bad Faith", Adapting to the New Era of Municipal and Planning Law, Ontario Bar Association, February 2019
    • Introduction to the LPAT - How changes to the appeal process will affect land use planning in Ontario", Institute of Municipal Assessors Districts 3 & 4 Fall 2018 Meeting, November 2018
    • "Municipal Regulation of Expression", International Municipal Lawyers Association Canada Program, October 2018
    • "Tribunal Reform: The Case of the Ontario Municipal Board", Osgood Professional Development 13th Annual Forum on Administrative Law and Practice, October 2018
    • "Summary Judgment Motions”, 2018 Toronto Courthouse Series: Complex Motions and Applications, The Advocates’ Society, February 2018
    • “Recent Legislative Reforms to Municipal, Planning and Conflict of Interest Law”, AMO Annual Conference, August 2017
    • “Emerging Issues in Municipal Election Law and Practice”, AMCTO 2017 Conference & AGM, June 2017
    • “Injunctions: Understanding Strategic Considerations and Legal and Ethical Obligations”, Injunctions Primer for Litigators, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 2016
    • “Managing Mandate Creep – the IPC and Other Agencies Such as the Ombudsman – Who Does What?” AMCTO 2016 Municipal Information Access & Privacy forum, October 2016

Awards and Honours

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada™ as a Leading Lawyer in Municipal Law (2018-2020)
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Ontario) (2020)
  • Named as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in Lexpert® magazine in 2010

Past Positions

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute
  • The Advocates’ Society

Areas of Expertise

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. 1998
  • University of Waterloo, B.A. 1994
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