News & Publications Results

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Hu Says that a Stinchcombe Criminal Disclosure Standard Applies 01.12.12
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.

Why Startups Need to Start by Protecting their Company

This article looks at what startup companies should consider from the outset to avoid legal issues and to protect their business and their ideas.

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.

“There’s Money in the Details for Vancouver Venture Capital Specialist” 13.10.12
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.

Labour & Employment Bulletin

The following articles can be found in this bulletin:

* Welcome Chris Beneteau
* Federal Employee Disabled by Work Related Injury Protected Indefinitely
* Refusal to Return to Work Constitutes Just Cause
* Injunction Not Granted for Breach of Non-Solicitation Clause
* Refusal to Bargain Monetary Issues Constitutes Bargaining in Bad Faith

The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs

Will Roberts has written "The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs" for the October 2012  issue of CBA BarTalk.

“Cross-Border Transactions” Insight Information, October 2012, Author 09.10.12
Cross Canada Legal Panel: Legal Update and British Columbia Perspective on Equity

This paper provides a legal update and compares the availability and practical implications of “equity” in the appeal process across Canadian taxing jurisdictions.

Lawson Lundell LLP voted the #1 regional law firm in Western and Northern Canada

Lawson Lundell is honoured by this second consecutive #1 regional law firm ranking which would not have been possible without the loyalty and confidence of our clients.

Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations

Marko Vesely's article "Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations" was published on The Huffington Post site on October 1, 2012.

Stephen G. Coughlan & Laura Peach, “Keeping Primary Goals Primary: Why there is No Right to an Adequate Investigation” (2012) 16. Can. Crim. L. Rev. 247. 01.9.12
Chris Baldwin named Mining Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Baldwin has been named Best Lawyers Mining Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Chris Sanderson, QC named Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Sanderson, QC has been named Best Lawyers Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.