News & Publications Results
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Privacy Commissioner’s Report on Police Information Checks Released
On April 15, 2014, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (the “Privacy Commissioner”) issued a report regarding the use of police information checks in British Columbia (the “Report”).
|"Selling an entire strata building." Western Investor, April 2014, Author||15.4.14|
|"Tech startups: How law firms are getting their business", Lexpert, April 2014
In this article, Val Mann discusses how law firms should handle being approached by an early-stage entrepreneur. According to Val, when she is approached "she conducts an informal vetting process to make sure she understands the business idea, then talks to people at incubators and in the venture and angel communities."
|"Commercial Restructuring Technical Update", CAIRP Annual Conference (August 2013), Author||07.4.14|
|"A View from the West, Cases of Note", National CBA Pan Canadian Insolvency Conference (September 2013), Author||07.4.14|
|"A light at the end of the tunnel", National Post (March 4, 2014), Quoted||07.4.14|
|Marko Vesely interviewed in the Vancouver Sun article "Lulu app stirs controversy: dating intelligence for girls or ‘unacceptable surveillance’?"
Marko Vesely is quoted in the Vancouver Sun article "Lulu app stirs controversy: dating intelligence for girls or ‘unacceptable surveillance’?" discussing the defamation issues that may arise as a result of comments made on the controversial Lulu app, an application that allows women to anonymously share ratings of their dates among their Facebook friends.
|Marko Vesely interviewed by Financier Worldwide
Marko Vesely was recently interviewed by Financier Worldwide for its Commercial Arbitration Annual Review. This review examines issues and developments in commercial arbitration around the world. In the interview, Marko offers a Canadian perspective, outlining some of the key benefits of arbitration, recent changes to arbitration legislation and the practical considerations that need to be addressed when undertaking complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations in Canada.
|Canadian PR for the Real World
Marko Vesely discusses PR and the law in Canadian PR for the Real World, a textbook featuring Canadian case studies, information on PR and the law, best practices, and PR practitioners from across the country.
|Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns
Ritu Mahil and Euan Sinclair'sco-authored article, "Union's Right to Employees' Home Contact Information from Employer Trumps Privacy Concerns", examines whether an employer is required to provide employees’ home contact details to assist the union with its communications, in light of both the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bernard v. Attorney General (Canada) in the federal context, and the prevailing authority in British Columbia.
|Lawson Lundell named British Columbia Firm of the Year in Litigation by Benchmark Canada
Lawson Lundell is pleased to announce that it took home two awards and was a finalist in three other categories at Benchmark Canada’s second annual awards ceremony, held last night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. Benchmark Canada is the only legal ranking publication to focus exclusively on litigation in Canada. The awards honour Canada’s leading litigators, law firms and in-house legal counsel.
This year Lawson Lundell received the following awards:
• Firm of the Year (Litigation) – British Columbia
• Aboriginal Law Litigator of the Year – Keith Bergner
Congratulations to the Litigation Group and Keith Bergner on these well-deserved recognitions.
|Stop Shooting Cannonballs at my Customers’ Canoe! Welcome Clarification on the “Unlawful Means” Tort from the Supreme Court Of Canada
Lisa Peters' article "Stop Shooting Cannonballs at my Customers’ Canoe!" discusses the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in A.I. Enterprises Ltd. v. Bram Enterprises Ltd., 2014 SCC 12. This is an important commercial decision as it clarifies and narrows the scope of the tort of unlawful interference in economic relations. Canadian businesses will also welcome the Court's reference to commercial certainty as one of the principal reasons to clarify and limit the scope of this tort.
|Corporate Finance and Securities Partner Joins Lawson Lundell
Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to welcome Stuart Breen, a leading corporate finance and securities and mining lawyer, as a partner based in the Vancouver office.Stuart brings extensive experience advising domestic and international companies in corporate, commercial and securities matters. His experience spans a wide variety of transactions including equity and debt financings, business combinations, acquisitions and stock exchange listings, and advising clients on corporate and securities regulatory compliance issues and corporate governance matters.
|New Wills, Estates and Succession Act Coming to BC – Application to Pension Plans
Lisa Chamzuk's article, "New Wills, Estates and Succession Act Coming to BC – Application to Pension Plans", discusses the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”)coming into force in British Columbia. The primary purpose of WESA is to simplify and coordinate the current patchwork of legislation that applies to wills and estates.
|Spam, Spammity Spam, wonderful Spam?
Lisa Chamzuk and Ben Heller's co-authored article, "Spam, Spammity Spam, wonderful Spam?", discusses Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation that will be coming into force in three stages over the next four years.
|Constructive Dismissal: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Ritu Mahil'sarticle, "Constructive dismissal: should I stay or should I go?", discusses employee constructive dismissal claims becoming commonplace and the questions an employee might ask themselves when faced with a difficult working environment.
|The Importance of Responding to Privacy Complaints
A recent decision from the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (the “Alberta Privacy Commissioner”) highlights the importance of responding to all privacy complaints and cooperating, to the extent possible, with the Information and Privacy Commissioner during investigations.
|Case Comment: BCUC Decisions regarding Natural Gas Vehicles
FortisBC is the dominant natural gas service provider in British Columbia, serving nearly a million customers in over 125 communities in the province. It is a public utility regulated by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), under the Utilities Commission Act (UCA).
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Viewing Employee’s Personal Email Violates Privacy Legislation
On December 18, 2013, the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ordered an employer to provide training to its staff on appropriate management of personal information in response to the employer viewing a former employee’s personal email account in breach of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“Alberta PIPA”).
|Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Pension benefits will not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal
On December 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70. The decision clarifies that pension benefits paid to an employee during a reasonable notice period should not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal.