What We Do
ROUTE is a transport and trade law firm continuing the transportation practice established in 1990. We are located in Toronto, Canada's largest commercial and population centre. Our lawyers have more than 42 years of experience to :
- take rapid steps to protect clients' interests efficiently
- resolve disputes through dispute resolution or before trial
- develop innovative approaches to negotiate and structure operational and commercial agreements.
Who We Are
We have acted as transportation law counsel for general service firms in Canada and have represented many industry sectors from exporters and importers, transport operators and charterers, cargo owners, freight forwarders, port and government authorities and transportation insurers.
We offer customs law and international trade law advice and representation.
Our experience in policy and regulatory development helps new ways of operating and doing business.
We help people buy and finance their commercial vessels and pleasure craft.
Our office location and technology allows us to offer a range of fee alternatives.
Our services are provided by licensed lawyers.
William Sharpe practised for eight years with a Toronto transportation law firm before starting his independent transportation law practice in 1990 as William M Sharpe, Barrister & Solicitor. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1982 and the British Columbia bar in 1992. William Sharpe has assisted clients in commercial transactions and claims, including through the whole of ships' life cycles from design to demolition. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Ontario courts, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. William Sharpe has acted as a maritime arbitrator. He has worked extensively on policy and regulatory development. William Sharpe is a titulary member of the Comite Maritime International and Vice-President, Central of the Canadian Maritime Law Association
Anumeet Toor focuses on international trade compliance and proven strategies to optimize global trade business practices. Called to the Ontario Bar in 2019, she built on her graduate academic background in global political economy with experience in international trade and customs at a boutique firm in Toronto, where she worked on CBSA audits and appeals. Anu Toor acted as counsel on appeals to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. She worked closely with clients to resolve commercial matters and deliver favourable results.
During her time at Windsor Law, Anu Toor received the J.W. Whiteside Award, given to students who provide outstanding services in the fields of access to justice and the legal community. She was a member of the Young Diplomats of Canada at the 2018 Annual International Monetary Fund & World Bank Annual Meeting in Bali, Indonesia.