Barnet has specialized experience in many areas of litigation, municipal and administrative law, and has acted in matters at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His municipal practice primarily consists of land use planning and development, including acting for numerous municipalities on adoption and appeals of comprehensive Official Plans and Secondary Plans. It also includes municipal licensing and regulation, municipal capital facilities and public-private ventures, enforcement of and challenges to municipal by-laws, constitutional litigation, sign regulation, liquor licence matters, adult entertainment issues, conflict of interest issues, employment and expropriation.
Barnet frequently appears before Courts, the Ontario Municipal Board, municipal councils and Committees of Adjustment, and has gained extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and negotiating agreements. His clients include municipalities and other public bodies, as well as entrepreneurs, individuals, and groups who have vested interests or do business with them.
Barnet has also gained extensive experience in litigation concerning constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, leasing disputes, employment matters, liability of corporate officers and directors, professional negligence, contract matters, and neighbour disputes, as well as alternative dispute resolution of such issues. Barnet's litigation practice also concentrates on appellate advocacy, particularly judicial review and appeals from statutory agencies.
Barnet is a Past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He has been a lecturer on development law at Ryerson University.