News & Publications Results
|Pension & Benefits Law Bulletin: B.C.’s New Family Law Act and Division of Pension Rules Now in Force
This bulletin highlights the major changes to pension division under the new Family Law Act.
|Women's Day Brings Legal Rights in Workplace Closer to Home
Ritu Mahil's article, "Women's day brings legal rights in workplace closer to home", discusses two recent rulings that provide some clarity on how "family status" is interpreted in court.
|The Reemergence of Strategic Alliances in Mineral Exploration
Khaled Abdel-Barr's article, "The Reemergence of Strategic Alliances in Mineral Exploration", discusses the use of strategic alliances for mineral exploration purposes.
|Insolvency and Restructuring Bulletin: SCC Releases its Decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers
In a much anticipated decision released February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside the Ontario Court of Appeal’s ruling in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers. In so doing, the majority of the SCC upheld an order granting priority to charges created in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings over claims for wind-up funding deficiencies in an insolvent company’s pension plans.
|Lawson Lundell Recognized at the Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards
Lawson Lundell was named the Energy/Resource Litigation Firm of the Year and Keith Bergner was named Aboriginal Law Litigator of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards.
|Bare Trusts and Multifamily Rental Housing
Bare trusts (a legal structure that facilitates the division of the beneficial and legal ownership) are increasingly being used when investors acquire investment properties as they provide a number of significant advantages. Anyone considering purchasing an apartment building should fully examine the potential use of a bare trust arrangement.
|Lawson Lundell LLP Welcomes Members of the EnerLAW Team to our Calgary Office
Lawson Lundell is pleased to announce that we are expanding our oil and gas practice with the addition of members of the EnerLAW team to our Calgary office. Paul Negenman, Randy Madsen, Jay Lalach, Jason Paton and Bernadita Tamura-O'Connor bring with them deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry.
|Pension and Benefits Law Bulletin: SCC Releases its Decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers
In a decision released on February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers. The majority of the SCC upheld the priority of charges created in Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings over claims for wind-up funding deficiencies in an insolvent company’s pension plans.
|Craig Ferris speaks at Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd. panel discussion
Listen to Craig Ferris speaking at a panel discussion on the Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd. decision.
|Whoa! developers: Court may no longer be the answer
Michael Morgan's article, "Whoa! developers: Court may no longer be the answer" discusses the Supreme Court of Canada Southcott Estates Inc. v. Toronto Catholic District decision which addresses a number of issues relevant to commercial real estate disputes.
|Lawson Lundell Names New Partners
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Kimberley Robertson and Mark Fancourt-Smith into the partnership.
|Mandeep Dhaliwal recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40
Congratulations to Mandeep Dhaliwal on being named by as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40 by the Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2012. Mandeep is a partner in the firm's Banking and Debt Financing Group. His practice deals mainly with banks and private lenders in both secured and unsecured financing transactions.
|Strata Property Act - Depreciation Reports
In December of 2009 the Strata Property Amendment Act (Bill 8) was adopted. Section 15 of Bill 8 amended section 94 of the Strata Property Act, establishing the new requirement for depreciation reports. Regulations adopted on December 13, 2011 brought section 94 of the Strata Property Act into effect.
|Contract Law Update: Developments of Note
This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders and legislative developments that are relevant to lawyers engaged in contract drafting.
|Energy Law Bulletin: Administrative Penalty Powers Given to BC Utilities Commission
Recent amendments to the BC Utilities Commission Act give the Commission significant new powers to issue “administrative penalties” and remedial orders.
|Energy Law Bulletin: Alberta’s New Energy Regulator: What Does it Mean for Project Development?
On October 24, 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). If enacted, REDA will establish a single energy regulator and create a new regulatory framework for energy resource projects in Alberta.
|BC Ferries Wins Property Assessment Appeal Board Decision
The B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board released an important decision reducing the assessed value for property tax of the upland land and improvements at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to a nominal value.
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Employees’ Digital Privacy in the Workplace: Supreme Court of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Cole, 2012 SCC 53 may have a significant impact on how employers manage the use of digital devices in the workplace. While a constitutional and criminal decision at its core, the case nevertheless recognizes the importance of employees’ reasonable expectation of privacy when using work computers and other digital devices.
|Energy Law Bulletin: The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Management of Cumulative Effects
The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (“LARP”) came into effect on September 1, 2012 and is the first of seven regional plans to be released under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The LARP establishes the new cumulative effects approach to be used in the Lower Athabasca region and provides valuable insight as to how Alberta’s oil sands resources will be managed in the decades to come.
|British Columbia's New Pension Benefits Standards Act - Key Changes
British Columbia’s new Pension Benefits Standards Act (the “PBSA” or the “Act”) received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012. While this new Act will eventually repeal and replace the existing PBSA, it will not come into force until the underlying regulations are developed and finalized, likely in 2013 or later. As the new Act is the final product of the November 2008 Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (“JEPPS”) report and subsequent work by the B.C. and Alberta governments, it is anticipated that Alberta will introduce a substantially identical bill later this year.