Real Estate Litigation


Course Date: May 10, 2016

Total: 5h 24min

Welcome and Introduction

Certificates of Pending Litigation

  • when can a CPL be used?
  • registering the CPL
  • cancelling the CPL
  • security and damages
  • caveats

Caily DiPuma — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver

Injunctive Relief in Real Estate Litigation

  • Rule 10-1
  • injunctions in land use disputes
  • Mareva injunctions

William Knutson, QC — SHK Law Corporation, Vancouver

Bringing and Defending Specific Performance Actions

  • the law of specific performance
  • the concept of “uniqueness” and the adequacy of damages
  • residential vs. commercial properties
  • bringing specific performance actions
  • defending specific performance actions

T. Mark Pontin — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Effectively Using The Partition of Property Act

  • when can the Act be used?
  • standing under the Act
  • when will the court order a sale?
  • when will the court decline to order a sale?
  • an accounting before the registrar

Layne Hellrung — Sourisseau & Co Litigation Counsel, Vancouver

“Shadow Flipping”: Assigning Real Estate Contracts

  • assignment clauses in real estate contracts
  • acting for the buyer
  • acting for the seller
  • claims against real estate licensees

Alexandra Cocks — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Questions & Discussion

Networking Lunch

Views from the Bench: Remedies and the Court’s Discretion

  • application materials
  • the Court’s expectations of counsel
  • what matters to judges in exercising their discretion

The Honourable Madam Justice Elaine J. Adair — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver 
The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert J. Sewell — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Georges E. Sourisseau — Sourisseau & Co Litigation Counsel, Vancouver

The Poorly Drafted Residential Purchase Contract of Purchase and Sale

  • common drafting errors
  • rules of standard form contractual interpretation
  • rectification
  • caveat emptor

Scott Cordell — Killam Cordell Murray, Vancouver

Networking Break 

Practice Issues in Real Estate Arbitration

  • arbitration clauses
  • commencing an arbitration
  • selecting an arbitrator
  • conducting an arbitration

H. Scott MacDonald — Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver
Richard J. Olson — McKechnie & Company, Vancouver

Valuation of Real Estate Interests

  • instructing an appraiser
  • reviewing an appraisal
  • common appraisal issues
  • the importance of rebuttal reports
  • cross-examining an appraiser

H. Scott MacDonald — Richards Buell Sutton LLP, Vancouver
Richard J. Olson — McKechnie & Company, Vancouver

Questions & Discussion