News & Publications Results

Title Date
“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide” Annual, to date
Law Society Practice Checklists – Examination in Aid of Execution Annual, to date
Electricity Regulation in Canada: overview 2017/2018
Canada Chapter: The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mining Law 2018

Senior Mining Partners, Karen MacMillan and Khaled Abdel-Barr have written the Canadian chapter of this year's International Comparative Legal Guide: Mining Law. Read the full chapter about their projections of the industry for 2018.

Lawson Lundell LLP shortlisted by Chambers Canada for the 2017 Regional Law Firm of the Year Award

Lawson Lundell LLP is honoured to be once again shortlisted by Chambers & Partners in the category of Regional Law Firm of the Year for the 2017 Chambers Canada Awards. Our firm was named Regional Law Firm of the Year in 2015 and was shortlisted in 2016. 

These awards are based on the research for the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. These awards reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. 

Award winners will be honoured at this year’s Chambers Canada Guide Launch and Awards Ceremony being held on September 27th at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel.

Pondering Career Development

Rita Andreone, QC has written an article entitled, “Pondering Career Development” in the Fall 2017 Edition of Business in Vancouver: Women in Business. The article discusses some pieces of advice to consider throughout your career. 

Fall 2017
46 Lawson Lundell Lawyers Ranked Across 30 Practice Areas in 2018 The Best Lawyers in Canada®

We are pleased to announce that 46 of Lawson Lundell LLP’s lawyers have been recognized in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® across 30 practice areas. Each year, The Best Lawyers in Canada compiles lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting peer-review surveys whereby leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Murray Campbell named Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers 22.8.17
Labour & Employment Update - Canada Labour Code Amendments

On June 22, 2017, Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No.1 received Royal Assent. The Act makes a number of changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) that will impact federally regulated employers, both unionized and non-unionized.

A date has not yet been set for when the changes will come into force.

This bulletin provides a high level overview of the key amendments.

Jeffrey Read quoted in Lexpert article,"OSC criticizes TSX for casual proxy tactic approval”

On July 25th, 2017 Jeffrey Read was quoted in a Lexpert article, “OSC criticizes TSX for casual proxy tactic approval”. This article discusses the Ontario Securities Commission recent Eco Oro decision in reprimanding the Toronto Stock Exchange for approving a private placement that uses questionable tactics meant to block a proxy challenge.

Governance Frameworks Can Be Just Window Dressing – Until They Aren’t

Rita C. Andreone, QC has drafted an article entitled "Governance Frameworks Can Be Just Window Dressing – Until They Aren’t." This article discusses topics in corporate governance. 

Craig Ferris, QC and Lisa Peters, QC contribute to Chambers and Partners International Arbitration 2017

Craig Ferris, QC and Lisa Peters, QC co-authored a chapter on "International Arbitration" for the 2017 Chambers Global Practice Guides. The chapter discusses key topics in Canadian arbitration law. 

Vancouver Introduces Empty Homes Tax

Vancouver’s new Empty Homes Tax became effective January 1, 2017.

Targeting the approximately 10,000 year-round empty and 10,000 under-occupied homes in Vancouver, homes which are unoccupied for six full months of the year or more, will be subject to the new 1%  Empty Homes Tax (the “EHT”) imposed by Vancouver’s new Vacancy Tax By-law No. 11674 (the “By-law”).  Homes that are determined or deemed to be vacant will be subject to an EHT equal to 1% of the property’s taxable assessed value in addition to the existing property tax.  The EHT will be applied annually, with the first taxation year beginning January 1, 2017.  The tax for 2017 would be payable by April 2018.

Click the above pdf to read more.

SCC Upholds Decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission that Dismissal of Cocaine-Addicted Worker was not Discriminatory

In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal which found that the termination of an employee in a safety-sensitive environment who tested positive for cocaine after a workplace accident did not constitute unlawful discrimination.

Anti-Spam Private Right of Action Suspended

The Government of Canada has suspended the implementation of the private right of action in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).

The provisions in connection with CASL’s private right of action were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017. They would have given people the ability to seek damages against those who contravene certain sections of CASL, including the provisions with respect to sending commercial electronic messages, as well as certain sections of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Read more here

Alberta Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act

On June 7, 2017, Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, received Royal Assent. The Act makes significant amendments to the Alberta Employment Standards Code (the “ESC”) and Labour Relations Code (the “LRC”).  The changes will affect all provincially-regulated employers in the Province of Alberta, both unionized and non-unionized. 

Read a summary of these changes in the PDF above.

Foreclosure Practices 2017: “Costs and Protective Disbursements”, CLE of BC, (May 26, 2017), Author 26.5.17
Honesty is a Defensible Policy: Reference Checks

The Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed in Papp v. Stokes et al., 2017 ONSC 2357 that an employer will not be held liable for defamation when it provides a truthful reference about a former employee.

It is important to note that:

•    an employer should be careful to ensure that the information provided is accurate and must not act with malice in                           providing a reference, which includes acting with a reckless disregard for the truth; and 

•    while not addressed in this particular decision, employers in some Canadian jurisdictions, including private-sector                           organizations in British Columbia, must ensure that they have consent before disclosing any personal information                           about a former employee under privacy legislation.

Valerie Mann quoted in Business in Vancouver

Valerie Mann was quoted in Business in Vancouver’s article, “2017 BC CFO Awards winners drawn from high-calibre field” in which this year’s judges discussed the 2017 CFO Awards’ candidates.

29 Lawson Lundell Lawyers Ranked Across 21 Practice Areas in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 05.5.17