Defence & Security

Cox & Palmer is a full-service law firm with a reputation for personalized service, reliable representation, and successful solutions. If you are a supplier to the defence or security industries, our experienced lawyers and their established network of local and international professionals are ready to help.

With many years working within the defence and security industries in Canada and abroad, our team can assist your business with a broad range of legal services including:

  • responding to request for proposals (RFPs), including reviewing customer contractual terms, preparing compliance statements and contract negotiations
  • supply chain management involving procurement activities, teaming arrangements, assessing supplier offers and drafting subcontracts
  • reviewing statements of work to ensure consistency with contractual documents
  • managing contractual compliance and advising on disputes
  • export control advice, compliance, licensing and training (including on the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations)
  • advice on ethics, anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws
  • privacy law advice, assistance responding to cyber security incidents, data breaches and freedom of information requests, and other legal compliance issues
  • intellectual property management, protection and licensing.

Our experience and knowledge allow us to anticipate, adapt and respond promptly with practical solutions for your specific business needs.


Articles & Insights

Registration Under the Controlled Goods Program

Prior to 1999, Canada had enjoyed an exemption to the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) which allowed the importation of certain controlled goods without a license. The United States’ State Department removed Canada’s exempt status over their concerns regarding the potential for such goods to be obtained by criminals or terrorists. Canada’s response was to create the Controlled Goods Program (“CGP”) which regulates access to controlled goods and technologies, including ITAR-controlled goods. As a result of implementing the CGP, Canada is once again able to rely on an exemption to ITAR.

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Certification: A Step Above the Competition

For many businesses, competing for – and winning – contracts is crucial for success. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, obtaining and complying with internationally recognized certifications can be an effective way to help a company stand out from their competition. Certifications confirm that your business, products, or employees meet a certain standard of efficiency, quality control, or competency.

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Shipbuilding: IRB Policy and the Benefits of Public-Private Consortia

In October 2011, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat awarded Irving Shipbuilding Inc. a $25 billion contract to build combat vessels for Canada. To ensure high value-added business activity for Canadian industries, the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy requires companies who have won government defence and security contracts to undertake business activities in Canada equal to 100% of the contract value.

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