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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

B.C. Appeal Court: Lower court ruling on construction liability ‘unsatisfactory, if not unjust’ Michael Morgan, Lawson Lundell LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled the builder of a home that had a number of defects was still liable for repair costs despite the property’s ownership changing hands and the previous owner paying for the repairs, a decision the plaintiff’s lawyer says is important as it illustrates that a wrongdoer should not be able to “get off the hook” for carelessness due to a transaction that look place after the wrong occurred. ... [read more]

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Stop commoditizing real estate law | Sandra Bekhor

“Lowest cost guaranteed.” “Call now to get $100 off.” “Competitive legal fees.” “Affordable legal services.” That's what you get when you search for a real estate lawyer in Toronto. What’s more, these aren’t just organic search results. These are Google Adwords. That means lawyers are paying (quite the hefty fee) to get these advertisements out there. That’s not to say that they don’t work. They may indeed drive inquiries. But is that a sustainable way to market your practice? ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

Gowling adds real estate partner for Toronto office

Gowling WLG announced that Sylvia Adriano has joined the firm’s real estate group as a partner in Toronto. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Blockchain solutions, smart contracts and jobs for lawyers Open_palms_sm.jpg

Many tech enthusiasts postulate that blockchain will bring about the end of the intermediary, and with this, the end of the lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

B.C. appeal decision clarifies voting on strata wind-ups strata_vote_sm

A recent decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal, Strata Plan VR2122 v. Bradbury, 2018 BCCA 280, clarifies the interpretation and application of the strata wind-up provisions in Part 16 of the Strata Property Act, (the Act). In particular, as the first appellate decision to consider this aspect of the Act, the decision largely confirms the validity of the practice and procedures for strata wind-ups that have developed in the last two years, since the amendments to the Act reduced the voting requirement to 80 per cent. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES - Assignment of tenancy

Appeal by Smiles First Corporation and Union Health and Dental Centre from refusal of relief from forfeiture. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

REAL PROPERTY TAX - Assessment - Valuation of land - Business property

Appeal by City Centre Equity and two others from a decision by the Assessment Appeals Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board of Revision. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:54 AM

LIABILITY - Particular nuisance - Emissions and contamination

Appeals by the plaintiff and defendant Fraser Ltd. from trial judgment. The parties were adjacent property owners. Fraser, owned by the defendant H, operated a dry cleaning business on its property. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

IN CONTRACT - Loss of profits - Consequent to breach - Leases

Appeal by the defendants from trial judgment awarding the respondent damages of $1,277,000 for repudiation of a commercial lease. The only issue at trial was the assessment of damages. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

EXPROPRIATION - Compensation - Courts

Appeal by the Crown from refusal of summary judgment dismissing an expropriation action by the respondent, Milne. The respondent sought damages in the Federal Court arising from expropriation of land situated in Belleville, Ontario. ... [read more]