In 1952, Stikeman Elliott became the first Canadian law firm with a specialized tax practice, and ever since, we have successfully acted on countless complex tax matters for Canadian and international clients, for both businesses and individuals. Stikeman Elliott has the expertise to defuse potentially litigious situations as a result of our long history of dealing with the Canadian and provincial tax authorities on behalf of our clients. This gives us an understanding of their personnel, practices and expectations. If litigation cannot be avoided, clients can rely on the firm’s decades of experience representing clients on all tax-related matters and before all courts, bringing to the process our tax knowledge, credibility and reputation.

Our tax litigators have argued many of the leading cases that have defined important tax principles and had a lasting impact on Canadian tax law. Having been part of the evolution of tax law in Canada for 65 years, Stikeman Elliott litigators provide critical advice on novel structuring ideas with clients and can assess whether or not they would survive regulatory scrutiny. We also proactively assess and mitigate tax risks associated with commercial transactions and litigation and assist clients with voluntary disclosure programs relating to personal and commercial income tax, commodity taxes, pension and benefits, and employer social charges.

Our Expertise

  • Commodity tax litigation
  • Computation of income for tax purposes
  • Customs and excise tax issues
  • General anti-avoidance rule
  • Income and revenue disclosures
  • Income tax disputes
  • Offshore continuances and dispositions of treaty protected taxable Canadian property
  • Scientific research and experimental development