Sybil Johnson-Abbott


  • Commercial Leasing

  • Real Estate & Development


About Sybil

Sybil Johnson-Abbott is an Ottawa real estate lawyer and a member of our Real Estate & Development and Commercial Leasing law groups. Sybil brings to the firm extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, conveyancing and financing matters.  She routinely acts on purchases and sales transactions for commercial, residential, condominium and rural properties. She also advises on municipal related real estate, including land development, subdivision and site plan agreements, and applications for severance.

Her practice includes negotiating and drafting agreements of purchase and sale, advising on secured lending and mortgage enforcement matters and coordinating municipal work related to land development. She also has substantial experience advising on commercial leasing, providing title opinions, drafting easement agreements and co-ownership agreements and routinely acts on asset purchase transactions.

Outside of the work sphere, Sybil enjoys watching and playing all types of sports from A to Z.

Sybil Johnson-Abbott was named the Best Lawyers® 2022 Real Estate Law – “Lawyer of the Year” in Ottawa and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Real Estate Law since 2020.

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Call to Bar 2002


  • L. B., McGill University (2001)
  • A., University of Saskatchewan (1995)


Ottawa Office


English, French

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Dean’s Honour List, McGill University (2000)
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Saskatchewan (1993)
  • Member, County of Carleton Law Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Chair and Creator, Locks for the Law program


  • Co-presenter, “Real Estate Transactions: Land Transfer Tax and HST,” Webinar, November 2016.
  • Co-presenter, “GST/HST & Real Property Transactions in Canada,” Webinar, February 2015.
  • Author/Speaker, “Not Your Standard Requisitions,” Ontario Bar Association real estate conference, February 2013.
  • Author/Speaker, “Easements and Rights of Ways: How to Right the Wrongs,” Ontario Bar Association real estate conference, October 2011.
  • Author, “Binding your Purchaser,” Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009.
  • Author, “The fight against Mortgage Fraud,” Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009.