Reduced the value of a northern Ontario pulp mill by some 75% creating a potential tax refund of nearly $6 million.
Resolved, through mediation, the assessment appeals for an Etobicoke brewery – one of the largest breweries in Canada. The resolution led to over $2 million in tax savings.
Resolved several sawmill appeals with over $2 million in potential rebates.
Settled assessment appeals for an Oakville Assembly Plant leading to tax savings in excess of $1 million and resolved appeals for a closed St Thomas Auto Plant, which led to refunds in excess of $2 million.
Counsel with respect to some 30 automotive parts manufacturing properties, reaching settlements that led to tax savings of almost $3 million.
Resolved all of the over 200 stand alone doughnut restaurants in Ontario achieving significant tax refunds.
Litigated the assessment appeals with respect to the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville for over 6 weeks before the matters settled leading to a significant tax savings and a settlement that provided the basis for the resolution and valuation of all golf courses in the Province of Ontario.
$2.4 million property tax reduction for a Fort Erie racetrack.
Assisted with obtaining significant heritage property tax rebates for Maple Leaf Gardens.
Assisted with obtaining a new more favourable property tax treatment for client
by way of regulatory change enacted by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.
Obtaining property tax exemption for small craft harbour facilities and having exemption upheld on appeal.
Substantial reductions in property taxes for retail centre at Eglinton/Laird for each of the last two tax assessment cycles.
Assisted with municipal planning approval process for new waterfront college campus and in obtaining property tax exemption for new property acquired by a Toronto College.
Successfully represented a GTA City in a Municipal Act, 2001 property tax appeal.
Negotiated more favourable property tax treatment for wind farm facility.
Substantial property tax reductions for various retail locations.
Substantial property tax reduction for brewery located in an historic downtown Toronto building.
Jack Walker Q.C.Lawyer
Jack is a founding partner of Walker West Longo LLP. He represents taxpayers and municipalities before the Assessment Review Board and Superior Court in valuation disputes for all types of real property. He advises clients on all matters relating to assessment and municipal taxation.
Jack was called to the bar with Honours in 1967. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and guest lectured at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on assessment and taxation and is co-author of Ontario Property Tax Assessment Handbook. He is the editor of the publication Ontario Assessment Legislation and is a regular contributor to industry publications.
Jack’s education includes a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D.), and Honours in the Bar Admission Course. He became Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) in 1981.
Ken West is the Managing Partner of Walker West Longo LLP. Ken graduated with a Master of Laws in tax law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Laws from The University of Ottawa and his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law with a specialization in international and comparative law. Ken has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Ken is a member of the Florida Bar, the Washington D.C. Bar, The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of the United States Tax Court.
Ken acts for clients large and small, including many large multinational corporations with respect to assessment and property taxation. Ken has also consulted with assessment agencies outside Ontario on assessment issues and jurisprudence.
Ken’s practice focuses on valuation appeals before the Assessment Review Board and appeals on applications under the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Act, 2001 for tax rebate and similar issues, including vacancy, demolition, and repair and renovation.
Ken regularly advises clients with respect to the property tax clauses in commercial leases to ensure fair taxation among tenants.
Ken acts for clients before arbitrators in disputes regarding tax payments and refunds. Ken has appeared before the Assessment Review Board, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court.
Ken was the Course Director of the Osgoode Hall Professional Development/ International Property Tax Institute Expert Witness in Valuation Disputes program and is currently the Course Director of the Expert Valuation Report Writing Program. Ken has taught numerous continuing education seminars, workshops, symposia and presentations relating to Assessment, property taxation, expert witnesses and trial preparation. Ken’s speaking engagements have taken him from Toronto, to Hong Kong, to Kuala Lumpur and beyond.
While a law student, Ken sat on the editorial board of the University of Ottawa Law Review.
Ken is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Property Tax Association, The Vice-President of the Ontario Property Tax Lawyer’s Association, a member of the Advocates’ Society, and an active organizer for the International Property Tax Institute.
Stephen Longo is a Partner with Walker West Longo LLP. Stephen graduated with his Bachelor of Laws from Western University. He graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Stephen was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1998.
Stephen acts for a wide range of clients in property tax assessment and land use planning matters. Stephen has acted for small and large businesses, tenants, landlords, colleges, universities, hospitals, non-profits and municipalities. Among the kinds of matters Stephen has handled on behalf of his clients are: property tax assessment appeals, property tax due diligence, municipal tax relief and refund applications, court applications for property exemptions, providing legal opinions on property tax issues, handling re-zoning applications/appeals and applications/appeals for minor variances to the Ontario Municipal Board. In addition to property tax assessment appeals and land use planning advice, Stephen has represented both landlords and tenants in arbitrations and litigation relating to lease interpretation issues.
Stephen has served on a number of occasions in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Finance and the Assessment Review Board.
Stephen has appeared before the Assessment Review Board, Ontario Municipal Board, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Stephen has presented to a number of organizations, including: the Canadian Property Tax Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Institute of Municipal Assessors, the Ontario Bar Association, the Ontario Appraisal Institute, the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario, Colleges Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Stephen is a member of the Canadian Property Tax Association, the Ontario Property Tax Lawyer’s Association and the International Property Tax Institute.
Courtney Toomath-West is a partner with Walker West Longo LLP. Courtney received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University. Courtney is a member of the New York Bar and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Courtney provides counsel on a wide range of property tax issues including, assessment appeals, municipal applications, and exemptions. She has acted for large industrial and manufacturing businesses as well as for office and retail properties. Courtney has managed property tax issues for REITs and hotel portfolios and provided counsel to various non-profit and quasi-governmental institutions.
Courtney has appeared as lead counsel before the Assessment Review Board, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration.
Courtney is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, International Property Tax Institute, and the Canadian Property Tax Association.
Robert Butterworth Q.C.Lawyer
Robert D. Butterworth, formerly Vice-Chair of the Assessment Review Board having served as a Member since November 19, 1997, was called to the Bar in 1972 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. Mr. Butterworth practiced law in the Town of Perth from 1972 until 2002. He has served as a Councillor of the Township of North Elmsley, member and Chair of the Town of Perth Planning Board, Chair of the Committee of Adjustment for the Township of North Elmsley.
He currently serves as a director of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and on the Board of Governors at Trent University.
He received a bachelor of commerce degree from St. Patrick’s College and an LLB from the University of British Columbia.
Bob practices in the area of assessment and property taxation and also offers his services as a neutral facilitator for alternative dispute resolution matters.
Angie DaCostaDirector of Client Development
Natalie works with Walker West Longo’s large portfolio clients to ensure coordination and scheduling of hearing events before the Assessment Review Board.
Natalie is a graduate of Seneca College. She studied in the law clerk and paralegal programs.
She is currently working towards her AIMA designation.