December 2016

Remedies for Breach of a Real Estate Contract: Dosanjh v. Liang

Many people consider buying a home one of the most important decisions they'll make in their lives. It certainly requires a considerable financial commitment. So what happens when the seller decides to back out of the deal? Reasons for judgment were released on January 31, 2014 by Madam Justice Warren in a case where I [...]

An Alternative to Convention: The Summary Trial

Summary trial is intended to provide a faster and cheaper alternative to conventional trials. The principal difference between summary trials and conventional trials is that in a summary trial evidence is introduced by affidavit, not oral evidence. A summary trial application is brought in the same manner as a chambers application (dealt with by Rule [...]

The Perks and Perils of Contingency Fee Agreements

Contingency fee agreements are those that make legal fees payable to a lawyer if and when the case is successful. They are most prevalent in claims for damages. According to the Law Society of BC: contingency fee agreements must be in writing. Contingency fees are not permitted in family law cases involving child custody or [...]