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Vice-Chair Announcement

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Announcements

JML is proud to announce that our Vanessa Werden is now the Vice-Chair of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. Vanessa previously served the section as Member at Large, and is excited to continue working with the Section to bring continuing education and networking initiatives to its members.

Builders Lien Act

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Announcements

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) released a report on reform of the Builders Lien Act today. The report results from a study that BCLI launched in response to an invitation from the Ministry of Attorney General to carry out a comprehensive review of the Act.

“The Builders Lien Act was overdue for revision after more than 20 years had passed since the current version of the Act came into force,” said David Mckenzie, current Chair of the BCLI Builders Lien Act Reform Project Committee. “Much change has taken place in the construction and property development industries in the interim.”

The Builders Lien Act is a major cornerstone of construction law. It gives contractors, material suppliers, and workers several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied to a building site, most notably a lien on the owner’s land. The Act also lets owners limit their exposure to claims by unpaid subcontractors and workers by maintaining a mandatory 10% holdback.

The Report on the Builders Lien Act contains 86 recommendations for changes to the Act that were developed by the BCLI’s Builders Lien Act Reform Project Committee. The committee was chaired by Don Thompson, P. Eng. for most of the multi-year project. David Mckenzie took over as Chair in 2019 and oversaw the final phases of the project.

The report was preceded by a consultation paper issued in 2019 to gather input from the construction industry, homeowners, commercial building owners, developers, labour organizations, building professionals, providers of building materials, and all other stakeholders. The Project Committee received many submissions that were carefully considered in arriving at the final recommendations in the report.

The British Columbia Law Institute was created in 1997 by incorporation under the provincial Society Act. Its purposes are to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promote and carry out scholarly legal research.

The Report on the Builders Lien Act may be downloaded at


Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Announcements

Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP has been recognized by Doyles as a top tier construction and family law firm in British Columbia. We would like to congratulate David Mckenzie, Tyler Galbraith, John S. Logan, Q.C., Dinyar Marzban, Q.C., and Scott Booth for their top notch recommendations from Doyles!

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Lexpert Rankings

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Announcements

Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP continues to place on the 2020 Canadian Lexpert Directory as one of Canada’s leading firms in both family and construction law. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to partners Scott Booth, David Mckenzie, Dinyar Marzban, Q.C., and John Logan, Q.C., for ranking as Lexpert Leading Practitioners for 2020.
Please follow the links below to see the Lexpert Canadian Directory in full:

Best Lawyers

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Announcements

Jenkins Marzban Logan is honoured to be recognized as a recommended firm in British Columbia by Best Lawyers. Our firm would like to thank you for the support, and we look forward to continuing to bring you the best services possible.

Bill Veenstra Judge Appointment

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Recognition + Appointments, What's New

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Veenstra as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Bill will be joining our former colleagues, Bob Jenkins and Grace Choi, who were appointed to the same court from Jenkins Marzban Logan. Bill excelled in handling complex civil litigation cases and we will miss his talents and dedication which have been recognized by his appointment as Queen’s Counsel, the Canadian Bar Association’s President’s Medal and the Law Society’s Leadership in Legal Aid Award.

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Impact of COVID-19 Webinat

Posted on by Sandra Lowe | Events

Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP and the Pacific Business & Law Institute would like to invite you to register for the upcoming live webinar regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the field of construction law. The event will take place on July 28th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please follow the link for more registration and cost details.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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