The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is fast becoming a reality for many of our clients. During the next few years, drone technology will increasingly impact business operations across all industry sectors. From monitoring pipelines to gathering data for insurers, crop-dusting to deliveries, drones will become an essential tool for businesses to stay competitive.

Blakes is the first Canadian law firm to build a practice focused on drones, with a multi-disciplinary team led by lawyers from our top-tier Aviation/Aerospace group. We are purposefully building our drones expertise across all relevant areas of law, to ensure that we can provide pragmatic and commercial advice on all issues that are likely to arise as drones increasingly become a part of everyday life.

As regulators struggle to keep pace with the rapid development of UAV technology, our lawyers are working with clients to navigate ever-changing regulatory requirements to enable them to effectively and efficiently introduce drones to their business. Our team also includes cybersecurity, privacy, technology, intellectual property, procurement, competition, corporate/commercial and dispute resolution lawyers, who work together to help clients get their drone operations off the ground. In addition, we advise drone manufacturers and other supply chain participants across areas, including regulation, M&A, venture capital, finance and international trade. This gives us a broad industry perspective and deepens our sector knowledge. We are closely following global regulatory developments and have strong relationships with Transport Canada to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of developments.

Whatever industry you are in, our lawyers will be able to guide you as to how you can take advantage of drone technology to improve your business operations in Canada. 

Representative Matters

Much of our work on drone-related matters is highly confidential and cannot be disclosed.

  • Advised on the development, certification, operation and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UASs)/drones for both military and commercial purposes in Canada.
  • Advised a global private equity firm on its investment in a drone manufacturer.
  • Advised a global retailer on drone deliveries in Canada.
  • Advised a commercial landlord on a tenant’s use of drones.
  • Advised a client on privacy and trespass matters relating to third-party drone use on its property.
  • Advised various clients on export controls regarding drones.


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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2295
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, E-Discovery/SIRs, Drones
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3367
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Defence, Drones
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4008
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Communications, India, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Copyright, IP Licensing & Agreements, Patents, Trademarks, Gaming, Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Defence, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Customs & Import Controls, Sanctions & Export Controls, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2507
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Banking, Defence, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2788
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Drones
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3161
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Life Sciences, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Drones, Consumer Protection
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4305
Areas of Expertise: Trademarks, IP Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Anti-Counterfeiting , Drones
Founder & Head of Nitro | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2268
Areas of Expertise: Drones
Patent Agent | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2518
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Oil & Gas, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Payment Cards & Technologies, Information Technology, Fintech, Drones
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