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Thoughts, ideas, and commentary on construction law, property litigation, real estate law, professional negligence, and engineering law.

  • Prompt Payment and Adjudication in the Construction Lien Act
    December 22, 2020 at 5:00 AM
    The Construction Lien Act was significantly updated and renamed the Construction Act. The changes were implemented in two phases. Phase one was implemented on July 1, 2018 and updated many of the laws that guide the construction industry. The changes are h...
  • A Construction Lien Primer: 8 Fundamental Questions Answered
    The world of building and renovations usually involves many different players including: owners, developers, builders, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, labourers and material suppliers. With so many players, the process of building or re...
  • How to get the most from your commercial lease
    IntroductionIf you are a business owner who requires a physical location for your operations, you will either need to purchase a space, or more likely, enter into a commercial lease. A commercial lease will define every aspect of your relationship with you...
  • The Art of Getting Paid as an Engineer: Collecting Unpaid Accounts Receivable
    Engineers are trained to provide services with undivided attention. This focus ensures that no detail is missed; although, it leaves little time for administrative tasks, such as collecting accounts receivable. Large engineering firms have accounting depar...
  • Are engineering estimates binding?
    It is common practice for potential clients to request an estimate of fees for engineering services. An estimate allows clients to appropriately plan and budget based on the anticipated cost for services.On larger projects, clients typically provide suffic...
  • Engineering Experts: You Are Not a Hired Gun
    If a lawsuit involves issues that require specialized knowledge, an expert is hired to assess the issue, prepare a report and, possibly, provide testimony at trial.Providing expert services is a growing career path for engineers. There are a number of fore...
  • Engineers: The Unique Professional Corporation
    As the official legal partner for the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, we receive various inquiries from members. Our most frequently asked question is whether there is a benefit in incorporating as an engineer. This question is typically asked b...
  • Case Comment – One-Way Drywall Inc. v Lomax Management Inc.: Respect The Breach of Trust Claim
    Part II of the Construction Lien Act, R.S.O. 1990, c C.30 (“CLA”), sets out the trust provisions and breach of trust claim, which is often overlooked. One-Way Drywall Inc. v. Lomax Management Inc. is a welcomed reminder that a breach of trust claim is an a...

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