JML is very proud to announce that Bill Veenstra has been appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia. The QC designation is conferred each year on members of the legal profession who have a superb record of achievement and commitment to our province’s legal system. Please join us in congratulating Bill on this well-deserved appointment!
Kimberley Santerre will be the co-chair of the Family Law (Vancouver) subsection of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch for the 2018-2019 term.July 26, 2018 | What's New
JML Family lawyers Dinyar Marzban Q.C., Scott Booth, Jane Reid, Kelsey Beazer and Samantha Simpson were all presenters at the Federation of Law Societies National Family Law Program. The Program was held July 9-12, 2018 in Vancouver, B.C. and was attended by approximately 575 lawyers, judges, and academics from across Canada. Dinyar, Kelsey and Samantha presented a paper regarding courts’ treatment of parental alienation in cases across Canada. Jane and Scott presented a paper on spousal support reviews in Canada.
Scott Booth and Kimberley Santerre’s paper on property under the BC Family Law Act has been published in the Canadian Family Law Quarterly, volume 36.3. The CFLQ is a leading family law publication in Canada.
JML is also pleased to announce that John Logan has been included in the 2018 LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Dinyar Marzban has been re-appointed to the Legal Services Society Board of Directors by the Law Society of B.C. for a further 3 year term.January 3, 2018 | Announcements
In September 2017, Dinyar Marzban QC, Scott Booth and Jane Reid were named Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers – British Columbia 2017 by Doyles, which researches and publishes the results of peer based surveys of the best firms and lawyers from around the globe.January 3, 2018 | What's New
In September and November 2017, Jane Reid was a speaker at Pacific Business & Law Institute conferences. In September, she spoke at the Family Law in 2017: Doing Things Differently to Benefit Families conference. Jane spoke on excluded property issues and presented a paper authored by Scott Booth and Kimberley Santerre. In November, Jane spoke at the Tax and Succession Planning for the Family Business conference where she spoke on protecting family businesses in spousal relationships and presented a paper she authored on the topic.December 19, 2017 | Resources
The advisory committee for Queen’s counsel appointments includes:
Visit the Attorney General’s website for more information about the Queen’s Counsel designation.December 19, 2017 | Announcements
JML is very pleased and proud to announce that John Logan has been appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia. This honour recognizes John’s skills as counsel as well as his many contributions to legal education and social service. Learn more about the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel.
Dinyar Marzban has been admitted to the family mediator roster at Mediate B.C.July 11, 2017 | What's New
Dinyar Marzban, Q.C. and Scott Booth were both speakers at the 11th Biennial Family Law Conference for B.C. July 6 and 7, 2017. This two day conference brought together family lawyers from across the province to discuss significant legal changes, emerging trends, and current issues in family law. Leading lawyers were invited to speak and present papers at the conference. Dinyar presented on ethical issues affecting family lawyers. Scott Booth spoke on excluded property issues and presented a paper co-authored with JML lawyer Kimberley Santerre.July 11, 2017 | Announcements
JML and its lawyers have once again been recognized for their distinguished standing in the profession in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory. This publication comprises the results of an extensive peer survey of lawyers and the judiciary and identifies leading law firms and lawyers across the country. John Logan and Mike Demers are both recognized as leading lawyers in the area of construction law and Dinyar Marzban, Q.C. and Scott Booth are recognized as leading lawyers in family law.June 9, 2017 | What's New
In Q.P. v. Q.N., the BC Supreme Court awarded primary residence of the parties’ 4 year old and final decision-making power to our client. Johanna Stein also argued convincingly that income should be imputed to the father for being underemployed and obtained an order for retroactive child support.May 5, 2017 | Announcements
Mike Demers was recently named Lawyer of the Year in British Columbia by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Mike has been recognized in Best Lawyers every year since 2013.March 31, 2017 | Announcements
JML is pleased to announce that Corporate INTL has named Mike Demers Construction Lawyer of the Year in Canada. Corporate INTL’s annual awards mark excellence for the world’s leading advisers and financiers in an array of countries and continents. This is the first time Corporate Intl has awarded the prestigious Individual Construction Lawyer designation to a Vancouver firm.March 8, 2017 | What's New
In a recent decision from the North Vancouver Provincial Court, Johanna Stein successfully argued for a dramatic increase in our client’s parenting time with his 16-month-old son: S.D.G. v. D.K.N., 2017 BCPC 61: http://canlii.ca/t/h081zMarch 3, 2017 | Resources
In addition to practicing family law, I have been a certified family law mediator for over twenty years. The demand for family mediation services has increased steadily in that time and it is now a major part of my practice, one that I enjoy very much. I welcome the opportunity to mediate family cases and my mediation clients and their counsel benefit from the experience I have as a senior family lawyer who has settled and litigated many cases. What follows is a FAQ page for family mediation which may assist you in understanding the process and determining if it is appropriate in your case. Mediation is not suitable for all family cases, but it is for most. Timing is important. Cases that cannot be mediated at an early stage may be good candidates for mediation at a later stage.
What is family law mediation?
Family law mediation is a form of alternate dispute resolution (ADR) that involves the parties to a family law case and a neutral mediator. The goal of mediation is to resolve some or all of the issues in dispute as efficiently as possible and without involving the court. It is recommended that parties to mediation attend with their respective family lawyers. While some mediations proceed without lawyers present, this can slow down the process as the parties will then have to seek independent legal advice on any proposed settlement. It is a voluntary process and any party can leave the mediation at any point. All discussions during mediation are “without prejudice”. This means that what is said during the mediation is treated as confidential between the parties and neither of them can disclose in a court proceeding what was said during mediation. Except in exceptional cases, a mediator cannot be required to testify in court about what happened during mediation.
What is the mediator’s role?
A mediator does not perform the function of a judge or an arbitrator. Mediators cannot make rulings, decide “who is right”, order any party to do or not do anything or even force either party to carry on with the mediation.
When is a case ready for mediation?
Mediation can be ineffective if the parties have not already exchanged adequate financial disclosure. This is usually done at an early stage of family law cases by the parties’ lawyers. If mediation begins with incomplete disclosure, it is unlikely that a settlement can be reached until the missing information is provided.
What cases are not suitable for mediation?
Cases where there has been incomplete financial disclosure or ones where the existence of hidden assets is a serious issue. High conflict cases where the parties are unable to be in the same room are challenging, but can be successfully mediated if both parties are committed to settlement despite their conflicts. Mediators often use “shuttle mediation” in such cases, keeping the parties and their lawyers in separate rooms with the mediator going back and forth. My personal preference is to do most mediations by shuttling as I find it more efficient and less stressful on all parties.
What is the cost of mediation?
Mediators have different rates and generally charge by the hour. Many, but not all, family mediators are practicing or former family lawyers. My rate is currently $550 per hour plus taxes and disbursements. In most cases the significant disbursements are for the cost of renting a facility for the mediation unless it can be held at the offices of one of the lawyers. The parties are each responsible for one half of the mediator’s fees.
In my experience, both as a mediator and as a lawyer participating in mediation, most mediations result in settlement at the conclusion of a one day session. Some settle after more than one session, but mediations that continue for three or more sessions are relatively rare. If it becomes apparent to me that the mediation has no chance of success, I will suggest we terminate the mediation. Of course, not all cases settle. Compared to the cost of continued litigation, mediation is a bargain, even if it only resolves some issues.
What are the benefits of mediation compared to going to court?
A mediated settlement will be what both parties are prepared to accept, even if they are not particularly pleased with the result. In court, the judge is going to decide the result and the parties have no control over that result.
Mediation can begin as soon as financial disclosure has been completed. Court hearings have to be scheduled weeks and even months in advance.
In mediation, the parties can decide to agree on terms that might be different than what they could expect from a judge. Once the parties leave the decision up to a judge, the result is going to be what the law requires, on all outstanding issues.
What are the steps to get to mediation?
You should retain a lawyer. If you think you may want to use me as a mediator, it is best to avoid any discussion of your case with me until both of you have agreed to use me as a mediator. If I have a discussion with you about your case, that discussion could include some legal advice and that would disqualify me from acting as a neutral mediator.
Your lawyers will begin by exchanging financial disclosure and identifying the issues that are in dispute. At that stage, the parties and their counsel have to decide if they agree to go to mediation.
The lawyers will contact a mediator and arrange a date or dates for the mediation session. Before the mediation begins, the mediator has to speak to each party to assess whether there has been any family violence. This is a legal requirement for all family law mediators. I usually do this by telephone and, at the same time, I obtain some general background information from each party so that I am familiar with the basic facts and issues when the mediation begins.
Prepare for and attend the mediation with your lawyer and be prepared to compromise. Mediation is not a magic solution. Any settlement will require significant compromise by both parties and a mediator cannot create a settlement, only facilitate it.January 6, 2017 | Announcements
JML is pleased to announce that Johanna Stein has joined the firm’s family law practice. Johanna was called to the BC Bar in 2011 after clerking with the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2012.December 2, 2016 | Announcements
Dinyar Marzban recently accepted an award of recognition on behalf of JML from Rick Craig, executive director of the Justice Education Society, a non profit organization which JML is committed to supporting. The Society engages in a wide variety of access to justice initiatives, including exposing high school students to the courts and their process. For more information, go to the Society’s website at http://www.justiceeducation.caAugust 30, 2016 | What's New
In August 2016, Bill Veenstra took office as Vice President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.July 15, 2016 | Announcements
Dinyar Marzban, QC, and Scott Booth have been recognized among the top family law volunteers in CLEBC’s Most Prolific Volunteers: 1996 to 2016 – with Dinyar in the top 10 and Scott in the top 20 for all lawyers and practice areas in the Province over the last 20 years. JML partner John Logan was also recognized for his contributions in the Construction Law area. The list honours the outstanding commitment of those volunteers who have contributed their time and expertise most frequently to CLEBC as course chairs and presenters, authors, reviewers and in other ways, over the past 20 years. To view, visit http://www.cle.bc.ca/News/News_Archive/16-most-prolific-contributors.htmlJune 29, 2016 | What's New
On September 27, 2016 John Logan will speak at a conference on Project Delivery Models organized by the Affinity Institute. http://www.affinityinstitute.ca/media/PDM2016.pdfJune 27, 2016 | What's New
John Logan will co-chair the annual Construction Law seminar for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC on November 1, 2016.June 27, 2016 | What's New
David Claassen was elected Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Construction Section. David published an article in the May/June issue of Construction Business, titled “Be Careful What You Estimate”.June 27, 2016 | Announcements
The 2016 Canadian Lexpert Directory rates JML as one of the top firms in both Construction and Family Law in BC. JML ranks as one of the top three Leading Vancouver mid-sized firms in Construction Law, with John Logan one of the most frequently recommended practitioners, and Mike Demers and Tim Peters repeatedly recommended. In Family Law, Dinyar Marzban, QC, is one of two consistently recommended leading practitioners and Scott Booth is repeatedly recommended.June 27, 2016 | What's New
Kimberley Santerre is updating the Family Law property division chapter in the Continuing Legal Education Sourcebook.June 27, 2016 | What's New
On June 24, 2016, Scott Booth presented a paper and gave a talk to CLE’s advanced paralegal training course.June 27, 2016 | What's New
On June 15, 2016, Scott Booth presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institutes conference for trust and estate planning lawyers on the treatment of trust interests under Part 5 of the Family Law Act.April 14, 2016 | What's New
Scott Booth will be a guest speaker on Family Law Issues as they relate to Trusts at the Pacific Business and Law Institutes’ “Trusts 2016” conference in Vancouver, on June 15, 2016.April 6, 2016 | What's New
On May 6, 2016, Tyler Galbraith will lead a panel discussion at the VRCA Construction Leadership Forum in Whistler on “Resolving the Inevitable Construction Dispute: Identifying Causes and Possible Solutions.”April 6, 2016 | What's New
Tyler Galbraith and Mike Demers will present at the Construction Council of Vancouver Island – Capital Project Delivery Forum in Nanaimo on April 20, 2016, on “Builders Liens and What’s New in the Legal Zoo.”April 6, 2016 | What's New
On April 9, 2016, Bill Veenstra will speak at the Canadian Bar Association’s BC Branch conference on “Slicing, Hybridizing and Changing Cultures: When is a Summary Trial Appropriate?”April 6, 2016 | What's New
Kimberley Santerre presented to the Westminster Family Bar Association on March 30, 2016 about excluded property under the Family Law Act.April 6, 2016 | What's New
On March 4, 2016, Renata Germann presented on Builders Liens and David Claassen presented on Bidding & Contract Award at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, as part of the AIBC’s Law & the Architect course program.April 6, 2016 | What's New
Bill Veenstra’s article “Honest Contractual Performance: Good faith – has the law really changed?” appears in Construction Business magazine’s January/February 2016 edition.March 23, 2016 | Announcements
JML welcomed 150 clients and friends to our Sixth Construction Law Briefing on March 2.
If you weren’t able to join us, you can view the presentations by clicking here.
On November 24, 2015, John Logan and Don Thompson co-chaired the CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Builders Liens Update 2015 course for lawyers and Tyler Galbraith and Dave Mckenzie gave presentations.December 2, 2015 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New
The 2015 Edition of the authoritative Builders Liens Practice Manual has now been published. Don Thompson is a member of the three-person editorial board and Dave Mckenzie and Tyler Galbraith are chapter authors.October 16, 2015 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New October 16, 2015 | Announcements
We’re pleased to announce that Clare Funston is now an Associate with our Family Law Group. Associates Devon Lehrer and David Volk joined our Commercial Litigation and Construction Law practice groups.August 12, 2015 | What's New
Bill Veenstra and David Claassen were co-counsel in a dispute over the existence of a lease and right of first refusal on behalf of a developer. We were successful in obtaining a declaration that the lease had expired and the tenant did not have a right of first refusal. In addition, we obtained damages against the tenant corporation and the principal of the corporation of $2,200,000 for interference with economic relations in International Sausage House Ltd. v. Hammer, 2015 BCSC 1155.June 10, 2015 | Announcements, Recognition + Appointments
JML is pleased to announce that Grace Choi, a senior member of its family law practice group, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. We will miss Madam Justice Choi and wish her well in her new career.May 1, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On May 14, 2015, Scott Booth will speak to the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. on organizing property and excluded property claims in family law proceedings.April 23, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On May 13, 2015, Tyler Galbraith and Mike Demers will present on recent developments in construction law at the Construction Council of Vancouver Island’s Capital Project Delivery Forum, in Nanaimo. For more details, click here.April 23, 2015 | Presentations, What's New April 9, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On April 10, 2015, Jane Reid, co-author of “Drafting Orders and Minutes of Settlement”, will present at the Continuing Legal Education Society’s Family Law Drafting Basics program.April 7, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On April 10, 2015, Scott Booth will speak about best practices in drafting family law agreements at Continuing Legal Education Society’s Drafting Basics program. On April 24, Scott will present a paper on certain property issues under the Family Law Act at the Trial Lawyers Association course: “Family Law Practice and Procedure 2015”.April 7, 2015 | Presentations, What's New April 7, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On March 26, Renata Germann presented on Builders Liens and David Claassen spoke on “Bidding & Contract Award”, as part of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s course, Law & the Architect.March 30, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
Kimberley J. Santerre co-presented the CBABC Young Lawyers – Lower Mainland Section workshop, “Drafting Effective Pleadings” on March 26, 2015. She will co-present at a second workshop, “Drafting Effective Affidavits” on April 14, 2015. Attendance at the workshop provides two hours of continuing professional development credits. For more information and to register, click here.February 25, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
Family Law 2015: Challenging Issues and Emerging Trends
Dinyar Marzban, Q.C. and Grace Choi, Q.C. will co-chair this day-long course on the latest developments in Family Law, at UBC Robson Square on April 28th. Presented by the Pacific Business & Law Institute, the course is approved by the Law Society of BC for 6.5 hours of professional development credits. For more information and to register, click here.February 20, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
Procurement: the Real World
John Logan and David Mckenzie will co-chair this day-long course at UBC Robson Square on April 29th. Presented by the Pacific Business & Law Institute, the course is approved by the Law Society of BC for 6.5 hours of professional development credits. For more information and to register, click here.
John Logan has been appointed Chair of the Mediation and Arbitration Committee of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.January 19, 2015 | Announcements
Dinyar Marzban, QC has been appointed by the Law Society of British Columbia to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Society. The Legal Services Society is a non-profit organization created by the Legal Services Society Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to people with low incomes.January 8, 2015 | Announcements
JML is pleased to announce that Grace Choi, a senior member of the firm’s Family Law practice group, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.).
Ms. Choi was one of 32 BC lawyers honoured for exceptional merit and her contributions to the legal profession. Announcing the Q.C. honorees, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton thanked “. . . this year’s Q.C. recipients for their contributions to our communities, our justice system and our province.”January 8, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
David Mckenzie and Renata Germann will speak at the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) 15th Annual Consultant/Contractor/Owner (CCO) Workshop on February 12, 2015 in Kelowna. Registration and further information is available here.January 8, 2015 | Presentations, What's New
On January 20, 2015, Tyler Galbraith and David Mckenzie will present “Tender, Contract, and Builders Lien Law: What You Need to Know” at Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). View course here.December 10, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On November 27, 2014, two JML lawyers spoke at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, as part of the AIBC’s course, Law & the Architect. Renata Germann presented on Builders Liens and David Claassen presented on “Bidding & Contract Award”.December 10, 2014 | Recognition + Appointments, What's New
Jane Reid is starting her third year as a member of the editorial board of the BC Family Practice Manual.
John Logan has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.November 6, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
Michael Dew made a presentation on “Bankruptcy and the Builders Lien Act” at the “Vancouver Insolvency Discussion Group” on October 28, 2014.November 6, 2014 | Announcements
Scott Booth has been certified by the Law Society as a family law arbitrator. Mr. Booth is also a qualified family law mediator.October 10, 2014 | Presentations, What's New October 10, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On October 24th, John Logan will speak on Tendering Law at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Pan Pacific Hotel. Register online at: http://www.cle.bc.ca/onlinestore/productdetails.aspx?cid=1060October 10, 2014 | What's New
Grace Choi will be teaching at the UBC Trial Advocacy Course in October.October 2, 2014 | Presentations, What's New September 26, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On October 9th, 2014, John Logan will be Co-Chairing a full day Pacific Business and Law program entitled “Construction Law Theory, Common Misconceptions and Practical Reality” at UBC Robson Square. David Mckenzie will speak on contractual liability issues at the event.September 26, 2014 | Presentations, What's New September 12, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
Samantha Simpson presented a a paper on “Queer Parents and the Law” at the National Family Law Conference in July 2014. Ms. Simpson is co-instructing on family law at UBC.September 9, 2014 | Recognition + Appointments, What's New September 8, 2014 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New
Read “Property Under the Family Law Act“, co-authored by JML’s Kimberley Santerre and the Honourable Marion J. Allan of Clark Wilson LLP. The paper was originally published by Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and was presented at a CLE course called “Property Under the Family Law Act” held in Vancouver.August 1, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On August 15, Bill Veenstra will be speaking at the CBA Canadian Legal Conference on The Evolution of the Summary Trial Rule – the BC Experience.
Kimberley Santerre has joined the executive of the Family Law section of the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Branch, and will serve as the Assistant Secretary in the 2014-2015 year.May 6, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
John Logan will be co-chairing the CLEBC’s “Construction Law 2014: Adapting to a Changing Practice” on Wednesday, May 21. Tyler Galbraith will be presenting at the course which will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver or via Live Webinar. Register at: http://www.cle.bc.ca.May 6, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
Scott Booth, along with Jeff Rose, Q.C. and Barbara Nelson Q.C., chaired the CLEBC full day seminar on property issues under the new Family Law Act. The event, held at the Pan Pacific hotel on April 25, 2014, was popular with over 200 registrants, including judges, lawyers, and business valuators.
Jane Reid is currently working as a contributing author on the Annotated Family Practice for 2014-2015. This is Jane’s fifth year as a contributing author.April 8, 2014 | Announcements
Dinyar Marzban, QC has been reappointed to the Supreme Court of B.C.’s Rules Revision Committee for a further three year term.March 28, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On March 28, 2014, David Mckenzie presented at the 2014 CLEBC Civil Litigation Conference on the topic of limitation periods under the new Limitation Act and their effect on construction disputes.March 24, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On May 12, Grace Choi will present at the CAIRP’s (Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Practitioner) Insolvency and Restructuring Forum on the topic of the Family Law Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.March 24, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On May 9, Grace Choi and Kelsey Beazer will present “The Division of Property Under the FLA: Fair and Intuitive?” at the Trial Lawyers’ Association of BC’s Family Law Conference.March 24, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On March 21st, Rob DuMerton and David Mckenzie spoke at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.March 17, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On February 28, 2014, John Logan and Don Thompson delivered the Big Hall Lecture on builders liens to the recent law school graduates attending the PLTC (Bar Admission) course.February 28, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On May 22nd, 2014, Dinyar Marzban will be speaking on family law and disclosure obligations for corporations at the Pacific Business and Law Institute’s event “Tax and Estate Planning for the Family Business: Practical Tools for the Present and the Future.” Register at: https://www.pbli.com/programs/register?itemid=123February 28, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On May 21st, 2014, John Logan will once again be co-chairing the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s seminar on Construction Law.February 28, 2014 | Announcements
Scott Booth was featured in the Continuing Legal Education Society’s volunteer spotlight for his extensive contribution to legal education in the family law bar in British Columbia.February 13, 2014 | What's New February 5, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
Scott Booth and Jane Reid were featured speakers at the CLEBC’s two-day Family Law Basics conference, held at the Pan Pacific Hotel and Convention Centre February 3 and 4, 2014.February 5, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
Grace Choi presented “How Does the New Family Law Act Affect Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practitioners” at the Insolvency Discussion Group meeting on January 28.February 5, 2014 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New
Grace Choi wrote the “Family Law” chapter for the Annual Review of Law for Continuing Legal EducationFebruary 1, 2014 | What's New January 31, 2014 | Presentations, What's New
On January 23, Michael Dew gave a presentation on “Effective Cross Examination of Experts on Scientific Evidence” at a conference on Engineering Evidence in Civil Litigation conducted by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.January 31, 2014 | Announcements
We are pleased to announce that Martindale-Hubbell, an international law firm directory, has designated Theresa Stowe as “Distinguished” based on peer reviews. Ms. Stowe is a member of the JML Family Law Practice.December 10, 2013 | What's New December 5, 2013 | What's New
Samantha Simpson recently joined the CBA Law Week Committee.December 5, 2013 | Announcements
JML is pleased to announce that Grace Choi has joined the firm’s Family Law practice. Grace is senior counsel. She comes to JML after more than 20 years of practice at a national firm. Grace represents clients in all areas of family law, including matters involving complex asset division and offshore assets.December 4, 2013 | Recognition + Appointments, What's New
Kimberley Santerre has joined the 2013-2014 executive board of the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers subsection (Vancouver) as a member at large. Before moving to Vancouver, Kimberley was involved with the Young Lawyers (Okanagan) and Civil Litigation subsections of the Canadian Bar Association.December 4, 2013 | What's New
Jane Reid is continuing to serve for a second year on the Editorial Advisory Board for the BC Family Practice Manual.November 27, 2013 | Recognition + Appointments, What's New
On November 14, 2013, Tyler Galbraith was elected a director of the Vancouver Island Construction Association.November 26, 2013 | Presentations, What's New
On December 4, 2013, John Logan will be presenting at the Pacific Business and Law Institute’s “Art of the Deal” Seminar. John will be speaking on “Which provisions cause the most problems in construction contracts.”November 26, 2013 | Announcements
John Logan has once again been featured in Who’s Who Legal, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, as one of the top construction lawyers in Canada for 2013.November 15, 2013 | Events, What's New
Scott Booth will be co-chairing CLE’s April 2014 legal seminar on Family Law Act property issues including consideration of the lessons BC lawyers can take from other jurisdictions.November 15, 2013 | Events, Presentations, What's New
Scott Booth will be speaking on the subject of dividing family property under the new Family Law Act at the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s January 28, 2014 course for family lawyers.November 4, 2013 | Presentations, What's New
Tyler Galbraith will be presenting on tender, contract and builders lien law at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association office on November 6, 2013, and presenting on priorities and the Builders Lien Act on November 15, 2013, for the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.October 31, 2013 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New
The 2013 update of the authoritative British Columbia Builders Liens Practice Manual has been released and reflects developments in the law of builders liens over the last two years. Don Thompson is a member of the three-person Editorial Board, and Tyler Galbraith and Dave Mckenzie are contributing authors.
On November 13, Renata Germann will be a speaker on the panel at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association course “Risks and liabilities of Green Building – what to watch for and How to Manage it”. Register here.October 1, 2013 | Canadian Law Updates, What's New September 24, 2013 | Announcements
Don Thompson has been appointed to the three-person editorial board of the authoritative British Columbia Builders Liens Practice Manual.September 24, 2013 | Announcements
We’re pleased to announce that Best Lawyers have selected JML as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in Construction Law, and John Logan has been named the 2014 Vancouver Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year”.
The Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada is now available on BestLawyers.com.September 4, 2013 | Presentations, What's New September 4, 2013 | Canadian Law Updates, Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New August 22, 2013 | Announcements August 22, 2013 | Events August 20, 2013 | Announcements
We are pleased to welcome Kimberley Santerre who has joined our Family Law practice.August 20, 2013 | Publications by JML Lawyers
Read Tyler Galbraith‘s new paper, “The Validity and Enforceability of Electronic Bid Bonds”, which has also been released by the British Columbia Construction Association in conjunction with the launch the new electronic bonding process on BidCentral.August 1, 2013 | Canadian Law Updates, Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New July 15, 2013 | What's New
Thanks to our clients and friends who joined us at the fifth JML Construction Law Update.July 6, 2013 | Publications by JML Lawyers, What's New July 6, 2013 | Announcements July 5, 2013 | Announcements
We are pleased to announce that Kelsey Beazer has been appointed Co-Secretary/Registration officer to the 2013-2014 Executive Board of the Canadian Bar Association Family Subsection (Vancouver).July 4, 2013 | Announcements
JML continues to receive the highest possible rankings from Lexpert in the 2013 Canadian Lexpert Directory. Dinyar Marzban is one of the two most consistently recommended Family Law practitioners in British Columbia. JML is one of the two most recommended boutique firms for construction law and John Logan is one of the 3 most consistently recommended Construction Law practitioners in British Columbia.June 28, 2013 | Presentations, What's New
Mike Demers and Bill Veenstra are continuing their presentation series on the new BC Hydro form of contract for its construction projects. Bill presented in Victoria on June 25, and Mike will be presenting in Prince George on July 9.June 28, 2013 | Publications by JML Lawyers June 10, 2013 | Presentations, What's New
Rob DuMerton recently presented on the BC Real Estate Development Marketing Act to the BC Chapter of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the morning of June 26, 2013, in Vancouver. The event was part of an ongoing series, “Legal Breakfast Briefing.”May 31, 2013 | Presentations May 24, 2013 | Events, What's New
Battle of the Bar Bands, June 7, 2013
A fun event, for a good cause, this year’s Battle of the Bar Bands featured John Logan performing with the award winning cover band “Standard of Hair” at the Commodore Ballroom, on Friday, June 7.
Though they did not win, “Standard of Hair” along with every other band helped raise over $145,000 for the CBA BC Benevolent Society.May 16, 2013 | What's New
Don Thompson updated and revised the builders lien Practice Materials currently being used for the PLTC (Bar Admission) course, as well as the Solicitors Negligence chapter of the CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Builders Liens Practice Manual.May 16, 2013 | Presentations
Mike Demers and Bill Veenstra have given presentations to industry groups on the new BC Hydro form of contract for its construction projects. Presentations were given in conjunction with BC Hydro representatives on April 25, 2013 in Vancouver and on May 1, 2013 in Kelowna, with members of the BC Roadbuilders, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, Vancouver Regional Construction Association and Southern Interior Construction Association attending.
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Bill Veenstra gave presentations to members of the Canadian Bar Association on “Preparing for the New BC Limitation Act” on January 30, 2013 in Vancouver and April 24, 2013 in Victoria.May 9, 2013 | Events
John Logan Co-Chaired the 2013 Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Construction Law, entitled “Lessons Learned” on Wednesday, May 15 at the Metropolitan Hotel.May 9, 2013 | Events May 9, 2013 | Presentations
On April 25, 2013, David Mckenzie gave a presentation entitled “Builders Liens Tips for Solicitors” to the CBABC Real Property – Vancouver Section at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.May 8, 2013 | Announcements
We are pleased to announce that John Logan has been admitted as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. John was also recently nominated to the Board of Governors of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. (http://www.cccl.org/)May 2, 2013 | Announcements
Dinyar Marzban, QC has been reappointed by cabinet as a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee for a further term expiring in May 2014.April 24, 2013 | Events
On Tuesday, May 7th, Mike Demers participated in a panel discussion as part of a one-day workshop on green building, “Risks and Liabilities of Green Building: what to watch for and how to manage it.” The event was hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.April 23, 2013 | Announcements
JML is proud to announce that Tyler Galbraith and Jane Reid have accepted invitations to become partners of the firm. Jane has practiced family law with JML since 2006. Tyler, who joined the firm in 2007, practices in the areas of construction and commercial litigation.April 22, 2013 | Events
Tyler Galbraith will be presenting on the topic of procurement at the upcoming Vancouver Regional Construction Association 2013 Construction Learning Forum in Whistler, scheduled for May 31st and June 1st. Here is a link to register for this event: http://www.vrca.bc.ca/conference/page/home.aspxApril 22, 2013 | Events
Tyler Galbraith recently presented a three part series to the Fenestration Contractors Association of British Columbia on the topics of tenders, contracts and builders liens. Tyler also recently presented on the same topics to the Mechanical contractors Association of British Columbia. On April 23rd Tyler will be presenting to the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia on tender law and on May 1st and 17th Tyler will be presenting to the Vancouver Island Construction Association in Nanaimo and Courtenay respectively on the topic of builders liens.April 22, 2013 | Events
On April 20, 2013, Jamie Wood was delighted to attend the BC Association of Abattoirs & BC Association of Cattle Feeders 2013 Annual Convention & Trade Show as a keynote speaker. Jamie discussed the impact of the new Family Law Act on succession planning in a presentation entitled “Families Planning for Change.”April 12, 2013 | Events
Mike Demers has been invited to speak at the Public Construction Council of British Columbia’s upcoming forum on the Risks and Liabilities of Green Building. The forum, which will also feature well known green building consultant Helen Goodland, will be held on April 17th starting at 3:30 p.m. For more information and registration details go to www.pccbc.com.
On the same topic of Green Buildings, Mike will also be participating in a panel discussion, moderated by LEED consultant Brenda Martens. Also on the panel are representatives from the owner, architectural and contractor groups. The presentation will take place on May 7, 2013 in Vancouver. Further details can be found in the News and Events section of BCCA’s website: www.bccassn.comApril 12, 2013 | Events
The Southern Interior Construction Association is putting on its Construction 101 course for new industry participants and Mike Demers will be instructing the construction law components of the course. If you are interested in attending the course, you can get full details and register on the SICA website.April 12, 2013 | Events
BC Hydro is in the process of rolling out a new standard form contract document. BC Hydro, together with the BCCA, ICBA and the BC Roadbuilders are conducting a series of meetings to explain the new document and to inform contractors on upcoming business opportunities on BC Hydro projects. Mike Demers and Bill Veenstra have been asked to speak at these meetings, providing contractors with the information they need to know in order to navigate the new contracts. This is a must-attend event if you are planning to do work with BC Hydro in the future. The first two events are scheduled for Vancouver (April 25th at 8:30 a.m.) and Kelowna (May 1st at 8:30 a.m.) Future conferences are planned for Vancouver Island and Northern BC. If you would like to attend but have not yet received an invitation from one of the construction associations, please contact Mike or Bill for registration details.March 16, 2013 | Announcements
In recent months, the family law Lawyers at JML have been busy preparing for the introduction of the new Family Law Act on March 18, 2013. Scott Booth has presented 7 times to Continuing Legal Education audiences and for the Pacific Business and Law Institute on topics ranging from excluded property, treatment of trusts, and the status of family law agreements under the new legislation. Theresa Stowe has presented for CLE and written a paper on property issues. Dinyar Marzban, Q.C., delivered an overview of the property provisions of the new Family Law Act to Supreme Court Judges in January 2013. JML is working to ensure its clients receive sound and informed advice on this significant change in the law.August 15, 2010 | What's New
Scott Booth spoke at the Canadian Federation of Law Societies National Family Law Program, held in Victoria, BC, July 12-15. Scott presented his paper on the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.August 14, 2010 | What's New
As of July 1, 2010, a new set of Rules of Court will apply to Supreme Court proceedings in British Columbia. The new Rules will have a significant effect on litigation in this province and will apply to ongoing litigation commenced prior to July 1, 2010. To read a recent paper discussing some of the more significant changes to the Rules prepared by John Logan and David Mckenzie of JML for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Click here.August 14, 2010 | What's New
John Logan spoke on June 24, 2010 at the The Canadian Institute’s seminar: Tercon Changing the Face of Tendering Law in Canada – Tendering Law 101, Maximizing Compliance with Tendering Law — Getting up to Speed with the Latest Case Law Developments.August 14, 2010 | What's New
Tyler Galbraith is the British Columbia editor of the builders lien chapter in the Canadian Forms & Precedents Debtor / Creditor handbook.August 14, 2010 | Presentations
In June 2010, Don Thompson and Jason Twa delivered the Big Hall Lecture on builders liens to British Columbia’s next crop of lawyers at the bar admission course.August 14, 2010 | Recognition + Appointments
Bob Jenkins and John Logan were notified by Lexpert that they were respectively recognized by their peers as consistently and repeatedly recommended lawyers in British Columbia in the field of Construction Law.August 13, 2010 | Presentations
John Logan spoke on May 7, 2010 at the Pacific Business Law Institute’s seminar on Construction Law: Practical Guidelines for Doing Business in 2010 – Delay Claims: What is Required, Potential Ramifications and Practical Insight.August 12, 2010 | Events, Presentations
Dinyar Marzban has recently co-chaired CLE presentations to lawyers on the new rules in Vancouver and Victoria and was also a speaker at a similar CLE in Vancouver for legal assistants.August 8, 2010 | What's New
Dinyar Marzban is featured in the April 2009 issue of B.C. Business in an article about the top family lawyers in B.C.August 7, 2010 | What's New
John Logan and Jason Twa were recently successful for the Rocky Point Joint Venture in appealing the B.C. Supreme Court’s decision regarding the duty of fairness owed by owners to tenderers.
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Angela Santoro joined the JML family law group in March 2009. Angela obtained degrees in commerce and law at Queen’s University. She was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2006 and was practicing at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver.August 5, 2010 | Hires + Promotions
Scott Booth has become the firm’s newest partner, effective January 1, 2009. Scott joined JML in 1999 and is a member of the family law group. He is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Vancouver chapter of the Family Law Section and is a member of the editorial board of the Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia.August 4, 2010 | Canadian Law Updates
JML highlights the New Standard Construction Document CCDC 2. Download the PDF