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Peter enjoys a very strong leasing practice in addition to his respected expertise in development and other transactional real estate. He advises an array of regional and national clients, including developers, property managers and pension funds, who say: "He's a terrific advocate. He's exactly what an in-house lawyer wants in external counsel. He's extremely attentive and responsive, and also extremely clever. He's a consensus builder and very business-oriented."

- Chambers Canada, 2019 Guide

Peter chairs Lawson Lundell's Real Estate Group. His clients include pension funds, utility, mining and pipeline companies and private entities to whom he provides advice on a variety of real estate and corporate structuring matters for all types of projects. Peter also leads our commercial leasing team that negotiates a high volume of retail, office and industrial leases for landlords and tenants.

Professional Activities

  • CBA/BCLS Air-Space Subdivision Task Force, Co-Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Real Property Subsection, Chair (2007 – 2008)
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Member (2000 – )
  • British Columbia Due Diligence Deskbook, Contributing author
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member (2000 – )
  • Urban Development Institute, Member and Speaker
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Member and Speaker
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Member

Community Activities

  • Richmond Hospital Foundation, Director (2013 - 2016)
  • Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (Vancouver Chapter) - UBC Law School Faculty Exchange Program, Committee Member
  • Congregation Beth Israel, Board of Directors (2008 – 2010)
  • Richmond Country Club, Member
  • Waterfront Club, Member
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi, Lambda Omega Chapter, Alumni
  • Lower Canada College Alumni Association, Class of '91, Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2011-2021: recognized in Real Estate Law
  • Chambers Canada 2021: recognized for Real Estate - British Columbia (Band 2)
  • Expert Guide The World's Leading lawyers Chosen by Their Peers: Construction and Real Estate, recognized under Real Estate Expert in Canada
  • Chambers Global 2016: recognized in the Real Estate (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: 
    • repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Property Leasing
    • repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Property Development (2017)
  • Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized as one of Canada's Corporate Lawyers to Watch
  • 2011 Lexpert Rising Star Award: recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the editorial for Real Estate
  • Named, Business in Vancouver, Forty under 40 (2008)



Examples of Peter’s recent experience include:

  • Acting for buyers and sellers of various retail malls, shopping centres, office buildings and industrial buildings, including multi-unit, strata-titled properties
  • Acting for various developers in connection with corporate structuring of development ventures, site acquisition, subsequent development work and project marketing and presale matters for various residential and mixed use projects throughout British Columbia, including projects using air-space subdivision and geothermal utility systems
  • Acting as lead leasing counsel for institutional and privately held landlords and tenants in connection with lease preparation, negotiations and related property management matters for regional shopping centres, power centres, enclosed malls, lifestyle centres, office tower complexes and multi-tenanted industrial parks
  • Acting for various utility, mining and pipeline companies in connection with linear project land acquisitions and surface leases
  • Acting as British Columbia counsel to seniors care facility operator in connection with its acquisition of various seniors care facilities
  • Acting for developer of various ground-leasehold interests in Port Metro Vancouver industrial park facility, including attending to rail access matters
  • Acting for commercial real estate brokerage in connection with preparation of standard form land assembly sales package
  • Acting for industrial manufacturer in connection with sale/leaseback of its Canadian portfolio of manufacturing facilities
  • Acting for British Columbia utility in connection with various real estate matters, including statutory rights of way and related tenure matters
  • Acting for developer in connection with development of heritage property and related heritage incentive matters including density transfers

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2000)


University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1996)

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1999)

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