Legal

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Negligence and dangerously defective work

A recent B.C. court case illuminates the intricate landscape of liability for negligence in construction when the risk level is dangerous.
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Collecting payment in uncertain times

Collecting unpaid accounts in challenging economic times requires careful attention and planning.
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Understanding collaborative contracts

Collaborative construction contracts are not new to Canada, but their popularity has increased significantly in the past few years.
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Get ready for prompt payment

B.C. is expected to follow other Canadian jurisdictions that have implemented prompt payment legislation, which sets payment timelines.
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Lien rights upon termination of head contract

A recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision re-visits the issue of when the lien period starts to run upon termination of a head contract.
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Pending registration lien frustration

A new land titles registration process is causing grief for all those involved with builders’ liens by creating a pending registration queue.
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Force majeure clauses in contracts

Since the beginning of COVID-19, one issue that has garnered attention in contracts is the applicability of force majeure clauses.
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A First Look at Alberta’s prompt payment legislation

Alberta has introduced prompt payment legislation. McLennan Ross highlights the key changes that are proposed in Bill 37.
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COVID 19: construction legal Q&A

The McLennan Ross Construction Group is working hard to stay ahead of the legal challenges during the COVID pandemic, providing answers to top questions.
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Minimizing construction disputes

Delays and disputes can be disruptive and costly for construction projects. Learn about some of the common causes and how to resolve them.
money laundering

Real estate flies red flags of money laundering

Some of the signals of potential malfeasance in real estate transactions are not obvious or only appear ominous when they are part of a pattern of questionable conduct.
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Protecting contract final payments

A frustrating recent trend in the construction industry is the improper withholding of the final construction payment by the owner.
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Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on L&M bonds

The Supreme Court of Canada released a decision on February 15, 2018 which imposes a new duty to inform claimants of the existence of a L&M bond.
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When the developer next door comes calling

With construction booming and land scarce, condo buildings in urban areas may face a situation where a neighbouring developer requires access to their land.
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Construction side effects carry deadly risks

Living through construction may be a fact of life for city dwellers, but living through construction can be a fact of life and death for hospital patients.
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Condo conversions to see expanded warranties

Starting next year, builders and vendors of residential conversion projects will have to register with Tarion and get approval to proceed with their plans.
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Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization

Ontario’s residential construction industry is anxiously awaiting tools from the province to help it uphold its workplace health and safety obligations when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year.