Lesley Akst


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Office: Edmonton

Main: (780) 969-3507

Fax: (780) 969-3549

Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar, 2004
  • LLB (Alberta, 2003)
  • MA (Western, 1999)
  • BA (Alberta, 1996)

Lesley Akst is a litigation lawyer whose focus is on tax assessment litigation, general litigation, administrative law and debt recovery. Lesley has appeared before all levels of court in the Province of Alberta, the Tax Court, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Lesley has experience assisting clients with a wide variety of litigation, tax dispute resolution, and administrative law matters, particularly in the areas of:

Tax litigation and dispute resolution: representing clients in complex disputes involving the Canada Revenue Agency, including representation before the Tax Court of Canada.

Litigation: representing clients in shareholders disputes, professional negligence claims, estate matters, and various commercial disputes.

Administrative law: representing clients in administrative hearings, including tribunal advice and representation.

Commercial debt recovery: obtaining judgment and enforcement remedies in various debt actions, including experience with insolvency and restructuring scenarios.

  • Pro Bono Law, Alberta Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project
  • Pro Bono Law, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Amicus Project
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Creditor & Debtor Subsection
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Creditor and Debtor, Taxation, Civil Litigation, Administrative Law, and Women Lawyers Forum
  • “GST and Requirements to Pay: A Case Review of Dan Mason v. Canada” Taxes & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters, Issue 9-3, 2016 (October 2016)
  • “Canada Revenue Agency et al v. Scheuer: A Case Commentary” Taxes & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters, Issue 9-1, 2016 (February 2016)
  • “Case Review: The TDL Group Co. v. The Queen” Taxes & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters, Issue 8-2, 2015 (May 2015)
  • “Rectification: Recent Developments and Notice” Taxes & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters, Issue 8-1, 2015 (March 2015)