Our Civil Litigation lawyers have extensive experience representing clients at various levels of court, including the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, and in front of administrative boards. Whether you are seeking assistance regarding a business dispute, debt collection, damage to property, a dispute over a will or estate, or the many other sources of conflict that can arise between parties, our lawyers will work to resolve your case.
We advocate for clients in the following areas:
- Tortious conduct, including negligence
- Business disputes involving breach of contract
- Builders’ liens and construction disputes
- Debt collection, including small claims
- Civil fraud and asset recovery
- Shareholders’ disputes
Dispute resolution can be expensive, so to best respond to your needs, we can take your case on a limited-retainer basis, meaning that we will assist you in addressing specific issues/tasks related to your dispute.
Business disputes involving breach of contract
While there are many safeguards you can put in place to prevent a business dispute, sometimes a conflict is unavoidable. A variety of mechanisms can be used to resolve a business dispute, and the most appropriate one depends on the circumstances of each case.
Our lawyers are familiar and experienced with a range of resolution methods and can help resolve your dispute in a timely and practical manner.
Debt collection, including small claims
If you are a creditor seeking to recover a debt owing, our lawyers are here to help ensure your claim is fully pursued. It is important to act fast as a creditor to best ensure the debtor has the funds available.
Small Claims Court hears cases where the amount involved is less than $35,000.
Whether you seek support with drafting and filing pleadings or wish to engage a lawyer to oversee all aspects of your case, we are here to help. Our lawyers’ knowledge of the court process and confidence advocating on your behalf in court, means your case will stand the best chance of success.
Shareholders are entitled to be treated fairly by a corporation and its directors. Shareholders’ claims are often based on the actions of directors.
The four main shareholders proceedings that may be brought under the Business Corporations Act are the following:
- Oppression/ unfair prejudice remedies
- Derivative actions
- Dissent proceedings
- Liquidation and dissolution
The most common shareholder complaint is for oppressive or unfairly prejudicial conduct by the company and its director(s). If the company’s affairs were run in an oppressive way, the directors have done an oppressive act, or a resolution of the members has been passed or proposed, that is unfairly prejudicial the shareholder(s), a lawyer can help you pursue your claim.
Builders’ liens and construction disputes
If you seek to enforce a claim of lien, it is important to act quickly and with precision. Failure to do so may lead to the lien being extinguished. Before commencing an action, our lawyers will work with you to determine the best course of action, considering the associated costs.
Our lawyers work with each client to develop a clear strategy for their case to yield the best possible result. Whether you are bringing a claim or defending one, our lawyers have the expertise and knowledge to guide you through the court process and achieve a favourable outcome.
Discovery is an essential part of any lawsuit. Through the discovery process, you learn the strengths and weaknesses of the case and gather evidence to rely on at trial.
Your reputation is important and worth protecting. If someone makes negative comments about you or your business, you may wish to consider a defamation lawsuit.
A plaintiff can “win by default” if a defendant fails to respond to a claim. If you are the plaintiff, the steps you must take to get judgment against a defendant in default will depend on the type of claim you have.
A civil litigation lawyer can provide advice on the limitation period. If it expires, you lose the right to bring a lawsuit. If you are uncertain about when the clock starts running for your civil law claim, read on for more information.