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Matthew Owen-King

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Matt works throughout Ontario in expropriation law and related claims litigation.  He has been involved in all aspects of infrastructure projects, including hydro corridors, regional road widening, transit, major municipal capital works, and most highway projects in the province, such as Highways 7, 11, 26, 400, 401, 404, 407 East, 410, 427 and the QEW.  Matt has extensive experience acting for parties before various levels of the courts and administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board/Local Planning Appeal Tribunal/Ontario Land Tribunal.

A Past President of the Ontario Expropriation Association, Matt served as an executive on its Board for many years.  He is also a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Advocates’ Society, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the International Right of Way Association.

Matt has presented on various topics relating to expropriation law before the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.  He addressed a delegation of government officials from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at a symposium hosted by a local university.  Matt has also been a speaker at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Association of Municipal Real Estate Administrators (OAMREA) and the educational seminars jointly hosted by the Ontario Expropriation Association and the Ontario Municipal Board/Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.


The Private Nature of Necessity Hearings and Inquiry Officer Reports: An Oddity in the Ontario Expropriation Legislation

Despite recent amendments, there remains an oddity in the formulation of the Ontario expropriation legislation that appears to restrict the public’s access to an integral element of the expropriation process. Namely, the Inquiry Officer’s written Report following a Hearing of Necessity continues to be considered as part of the political process of approval for an expropriation, without express rights for the public to access the decision. As such, Hearings of Necessity and Inquiry Officer Reports are not made open to the public despite the fact that they are a part of the publicly-funded, statutorily-mandated process that is intended to be an independent assessment of the balance between a community’s larger public interest needs with the rights of affected individuals.


Case Commentary

Case Commentary - Roeland v. Manitoba

The Manitoba Court of Appeal recently questioned the "soundness" of an Ontario court decision that is often cited in support of claims by expropriated owners for disturbance damages in circumstances where such awards are otherwise precluded by the Expropriations Act.

Scargall Owen-King LLP Recognized in 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers” in Expropriation Law

Scargall Owen-King LLP is pleased to announce that we have been recognized in the 2022 Canadian edition of Best Lawyers.  Paul Scargall, Matthew Owen-King and Guillaume Lavictoire were recognized as “Best Lawyers” for their exper......

Matthew Owen-King named 'Best Lawyers 2022' "Lawyer of the Year" in Expropriation Law category

Scargall Owen-King is pleased to announce that Matthew Owen-King has been named Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Expropriation Law category. This accolade is presented to individual lawyers who have received the highest ov......

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