Unjust Enrichment

Evan A. Barchuk Typically, a claim for unjust enrichment may be made when one person receives a benefit at the expense of a second person, in circumstances where it would be “against all conscience” for the first person to retain that benefit without compensating the second person.  In practice, unjust enrichment claims sometimes arise when

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Is This a Gift or a Loan?

Michael D. Williams In British Columbia, the Land Title Act, RSBC 1996, c 250 presumes that owners appearing on title to a property are, in fact, the owners of that property.  However, when a property is purchased with funds contributed by a third party for no consideration (i.e., the third party gets nothing in return),

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Buildex Vancouver
February 14, 2019

Mark Braidwood and Vanessa Reakes will be presenting at BUILDEX Vancouver on Thursday, February 14 from 9-10 am at Vancouver Convention Centre West.  Their topic will be “Behind Schedule: The Critical Path and Strategies in Pursuing and Defending a Claim for Delay.” BUILDEX is Western Canada’s largest event for the holistic building industry.   You can visit

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Construction Delay Claims

Mark J. Braidwood It is virtually inevitable that any significant construction project will incur schedule delays.  Subject to adjustments for factors beyond a contractor’s control, late completion of the construction is a breach of contract for which an owner is entitled to claim damages.  Conversely, where the project delays are caused by factors beyond a

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The Landscape of Protection of Privacy and
Personal Information in British Columbia

Lindsay D. Williams The Internet and digital technology have brought an enormous change to the way we communicate and to our capacity to capture, store and retrieve information. Routinely kept electronic databases render our most personal financial information vulnerable. Sensitive information about our health is similarly available, as are records of the books we have

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The Impact of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Construction Industry Participants

Tim Sportschuetz In March and April 2018, proclamations were announced increasing United States import taxes on foreign steel and aluminum, adding 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports. These tariffs are levied based on the country of origin of the imported goods, not the country of export.  In other words, whichever country manufactured

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An Employer’s Guide to the Legalization of Marijuana

Katrina S. Yaworsky The Cannabis Act The Cannabis Act (the “Act”) will come into force on October 17, 2018.  The Act will allow adults who are 18 or 19 years of age and older (depending on the province or territory) to legally possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of cannabis, or marijuana, for personal use. 

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Construction Contract Termination – What Gives You the Right?

Michael D. Williams During the course of construction, things can go wrong. Relationships can break down, trust can evaporate and, in a difficult economic climate, companies and individuals can go bankrupt. As a result, a parting of ways is often contemplated by one or both parties to a construction contract before the project can be

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Matthew B. Wansink As an employer, your biggest asset is often your employees. Not surprisingly, employee wages are also one of an employer’s biggest costs. In this article, we’ll look at legislative rules governing overtime wages and, more specifically, key overtime entitlements and exclusions in the case of employees paid by hourly wage.

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