Mervyn (Merv) Allen practises commercial real estate law, advising on a wide range of complex real property matters. He provides counsel on acquisitions, divestitures and leasing transactions in the retail, office, industrial, warehousing, specialty leasing, restaurant, automotive, shopping centre, gaming and retirement home sectors.

Representing business organizations of varied size and scope, Merv assists landlords, tenants, entrepreneurs, pension funds, banks, universities, developers, joint ventures as well as franchisors and franchisees. He also has significant experience in drafting franchising disclosure documents, and in the leasing and sub-leasing of space in the franchising context.

Prior to joining McMillan, Merv worked as in-house legal counsel for one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant brands; for an international developer, owner and manager of commercial real estate; and for one of Canada’s largest grocery retailers. He also practised corporate / commercial law at another national law firm.

Representative Matters

  • Senior Counsel to McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
  • Senior Counsel to Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Counsel to First Capital Realty
  • Counsel to Metro Ontario Inc.

Speaking Engagements

The International Council of Shopping Centres Law Conference

Informa (Real Estate Conference)

The Six Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer program

The Canadian Franchise Association Law Day Conference

Teaching Engagements

  • Taught securities law in Osgoode Hall Law Schools’ continuing education programme “From IP to IPO”



Media Mentions

  • Inspiring Greatness podcast

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Commercial Leasing Law

Community Involvement

  • Operation Smile

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario bar
LLBUniversity of Western Ontario

Insights by Mervyn Allen (3 Posts)

Featured Insight

Commercial Leases During the COVID-19 Lockdown: Where are we Headed?

Ontario has also passed legislation to protect commercial tenants.

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May 17, 2021
Featured Insight

9 Things You Should Do Right Now to Protect Your Franchise System During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips to help franchisors mitigate risks that may result from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to prepare for future emergency business interruptions

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May 13, 2020
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April 30 Update: Rent Relief on its Way for Small Businesses and Commercial Landlords

Government announces commercial rent relief for small businesses

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Apr 30, 2020