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“British Columbia Creditor’s Remedies, An Annotated Guide” Annual, to date
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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.

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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
Heather Ferris featured in Global Restructuring Review’s ‘Women in Restructuring’ survey

Heather Ferris was profiled in the April 2017 edition of the Global Restructuring Review. This issue features women in restructuring and insolvency and examines their experiences working in the field.

Sandra MacKenzie quoted in the Yellowknifer

On April 26, 2017, Sandra MacKenzie was quoted in the Yellowknifer's article, "Unpaid 911 cash goes to Stanton charity". Sandra was quoted as Chair of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation.

Briefing Note – Minister of National Revenue v. BP Canada Energy Company

In a judgment delivered March 30, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal ("FCA") in Minister of National Revenue v. BP Canada Energy Company, 2017 FCA 61, unanimously upheld an appeal by BP (in dismissing the federal court judge's compliance order requiring BP to disclose its uncertain tax positions and underlying analysis contained in its tax accrual working papers ("TAWPs") pursuant to the Minister’s inspection powers in subsection 231.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (the "ITA"). This decision has had the effect of substantially overturning the judgment and statements of law made by the Federal Court of Canada ("FCC") where the judge ruled that the Minister has the statutory authority to request analysis and lists of tax risks and underlying analysis prepared in the course of an audit without justification - but it does not necessarily mean that TAWPs are always off limits from the Minister's investigatory powers.

“People, corporate culture are fundamental to an M&A’s success” (April 4, 2017), Author

Valerie Mann discusses the importance of human dynamics in mergers and acquisitions in her Business in Vancouver column “People, corporate culture are fundamental to an M&A’s success.”

Peter Roberts quoted in Business In Vancouver

On Monday, March 27th, Peter Roberts was quoted in the Business in Vancouver article, "Court approves first condominium sale under Bill 40." The article is the second in a two-part series examining the impact of Bill 40 on condominium owners. It focuses on the BC Supreme Court’s recent approval of the first sale of a condominium complex under the new provincial process.


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