After beginning his career practising in Peterborough, and having acted for clients in many of the smaller municipalities outside of the GTA, Mr. Petch is very much acquainted with the issues of the smaller municipalities and the relationship that the municipality is most comfortable with in working with their lawyer. Mr. Petch has also acted for many of Canada’s largest retailers and developers.

For over 30 years, Mr. Petch has developed specialities in all aspects of Municipal Law, Environmental Law, Expropriation Law, Real Property Assessment and Real Estate Development approval. He is highly specialized as a Barrister, practising before the relevant Administrative Tribunals and Appeals to Appellate Courts. His broad based experience is highly valuable in quickly determining the most salient issues and facts necessary to develop a strategy focussed on obtaining the clients’ objectives in a most timely and cost-efficient basis.

Mr. Petch was recently appointed to the executive board of the Downtown Oakville BIA.

Municipal Law
Real Estate Development
Environmental Law
Realty/Business Assessment Law
Expropriation Law
Development Charges and Municipal Financing
Real Property Assessment

1965 – 1968  University of Toronto, Victoria College, B.A.
1968 – 1971  University of British Columbia Law School, L.L.B.
1972  Ontario Bar Admission

1996 – Present  Created Municipal Law Chambers, specializing in Municipal Law, Real Estate Development and Environmental Law.
1995 – 1996  Chairman, Holden Day Wilson, and Head, Municipal and Environmental Law Department.
1993 – 1994  Specializing in Environmental Law, Waste Management, Municipal Law and Real Estate Development.
1990 – 1993  Business Consultant, Investment Management, Waste Management Consultant, Real Estate Development.
1981 – 1990  Partner, Borden & Elliot, Toronto. Head, Municipal and Environmental Law Department, specializing in Real Estate Development, Real Property Assessment, Environmental and Energy Law.
1978 – 1981  Gardiner Roberts, Toronto, specializing in Municipal Law and Real Estate Development.
1972 – 1978  Morgan & Petch, Peterborough, Corporate, Municipal and Real Estate Law Development practice.

Specialization in all areas of Environmental Law
Delivered papers on Environmental Law to International Bar Associations in Vancouver and New Zealand.

Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto Law School