Hayes eLaw LLP is a boutique Intellectual Property, Technology, Privacy and Media law firm located in Toronto, Canada.


We provides a wide range of commercial services to technology companies of all types and sizes. We negotiate and draft a variety of technology agreements, including confidentiality and non-competition agreements, licensing agreements, design and development agreements, distribution agreements, service level and maintenance agreements, technology and software escrow agreements, Web and mobile user terms and conditions and other on-line agreements and government procurement agreements for IT, telecom and electronic goods and services. We have particular expertise in the licensing and distribution of entertainment and media products in the online and mobile environment.

Intellectual Property

We provide commercial and litigation solutions to a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including registrations, licensing, assignments and other exploitation of copyright, trade-marks and trade secrets. lawyers have also been involved in providing IP support in numerous corporate transactions. We work with associated professionals throughout the world to ensure that clients can obtain global protection for their IP assets.

Mark Hayes, the firm’s founding and managing partner, has been at the forefront of copyright reform issues for many years. In 1997, he was the author of the copyright section of “Cyberspace is Not A ‘No-Law’ Land”, the ground-breaking Industry Canada study on Internet liability issues. He has represented numerous organizations and trade associations in understanding and influencing the direction of Canadian copyright law and policy.


A wide range of clients our clients approach us for assistance in in compliance and contractual issues relating to Canadian privacy law and practice, including drafting and reviewing privacy policies and procedures and designing personal information practices to ensure compliance. We have also assisted many companies in planning for and responding to data breaches and other privacy compliance issues.

We also have extensive experience in freedom of information and government disclosure issues, especially as they impact on commercial organizations. We assist clients in developing strategies for protecting confidential business information from disclosure by government agencies, and have also been involved in creating corporate intelligence strategies using federal and provincial freedom of information statutes and regulations to collect competitive data about other industry players.

Mark Hayes has been a leader in Canadian privacy law since 1998. He has spoken and written extensively on privacy issues, and is the author of the critically-acclaimed “Privacy Law in Canada”, a treatise on Canadian privacy law included in the US publication “Proskauer on Privacy”. Mark has particular experience dealing with privacy issues in the financial services, marketing, e-commerce and broadcasting industries.

Media and Entertainment

Hayes eLaw LLP lawyers have acted for a wide range of media and entertainment clients, including broadcasters, television and film producers, and distributors, sports teams and leagues and individual performers and procures. We also have a wide range of experience in touring and talent arrangements relating to live theatre and performances.

In addition to extensive experience before the Copyright Board of Canada, we have made submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Advertising Standards Canada and have litigated many disputes involving media and entertainment companies.