Commercial Litigation: Lawsuits & Disputes

Commercial Litigation Lawyers in Surrey and Throughout BC

Choose an experienced partner to help you resolve shareholder disputes or seek oppression remedies. McQuarrie has been assisting clients with business litigation cases for decades, and our lawyers are ready to help you with all types of commercial cases.

If you wish to discuss any of these topics further, please arrange a consultation with one of our litigators. You can schedule your private consultation right here on our website.

Business Litigation Cases

Our commercial litigation lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and are experienced in assisting clients who are dealing with a broad range of disputes including:

  • General contract disputes as well as complex commercial transactions
  • Creditor’s remedies and defending claims for money arising from breach of contract and promissory notes
  • Claims in negligence, misrepresentation, and fraud, including negligence in the areas of real estate & construction
  • Builders liens
  • Shareholder disputes and actions
  • Directors and officers liabilities
  • Partnership and joint venture disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Commercial leasing disputes and commercial real estate litigation, including commercial strata litigation, liens and disputes involving the Strata Property Act
  • Insurance claims
  • Disputes arising in the commercial construction context
  • Property and real estate disputes including purchase and sale disputes and property rights
  • Debts and foreclosure

Our commercial litigators are experienced representing clients in commercial negotiations, at all levels of court in British Columbia, before administrative boards and regulatory tribunals, as well as in Canadian and US mediation and arbitration forums. We have protected clients in situations covered by the Partnership Act in BC and the laws that followed.

In addition to drawing on the background knowledge of a strong corporate commercial group of solicitors, our commercial litigation lawyers have access to top experts in appraisals/valuations, quantity surveys, standard of care opinions, deficiency reports, etc.

We advise and act for all players in the commercial and construction context, including:

  • Owners
  • Developers
  • Strata corporations
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Material suppliers
  • Commercial landlords
  • Real estate agents
  • Directors
  • Shareholders

Our clients include many well-known companies and leading individuals active throughout Surrey, Greater Vancouver and all of British Columbia.

Shareholder & Joint Venture Disputes

Going into business with someone is a major commitment. Make sure that you’re protected by having a legally-sound agreement in place to manage venture partners or shareholder disputes. Our experience allows us to craft agreements that are designed to fit your needs and long-term business goals.

Additionally, we can provide you with guidance when you have been approached with an offer to join a shareholder agreement. We can help you understand the terms of any agreement, and to confirm that they are consistent with your personal needs. If you are concerned that the board or your representative has become hostile, you can seek redress through the oppression remedy process.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about drawing up shareholder agreements, or if you are interested in beginning the development of a joint venture agreement.

The BC Partnership Act

Though some parts are no longer in force, the Partnership Act in BC may play a large part in any business case that involves partnerships or shareholder disputes. The text of the law lists the regulations for forming and registering limited partnerships, general partnerships and other arrangements.

The law additionally establishes limits on specific commercial behavior including registration changes, dissolution and the compensation of creditors. The full text of the law can be found publically, here. The law is quite complex, and certain provisions may be best explained by a lawyer..

If you are facing these challenges, or any other related to the management of a partnership, you can find out what you need to know from the commercial litigation lawyers at McQuarrie.

Commercial Litigation Questions

Q. Can my matter be resolved without a Trial?
A. Yes. Most cases are settled and do not go to Trial. We are also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes without the necessity of Trial.

Q. How long does it take to get to Trial?
A. Depends on expected length of Trial – generally 1-3 years

Q. Are legal fees recoverable at the end of the dispute?
A. The winner gets costs per court regulated schedule. Roughly 1/3 of costs.

Q. When should I start my claim?
A. BC’s new Limitation Act establishes a basic limitation period of two years from the day on which the claim is discovered. Please contact our lawyers as soon as possible to establish which limitation period is applicable to you.

Q. What are your rates?
A. You want to know what it costs when you hire a commercial litigation lawyer. We understand. Predictability is part of business. We offer a free consultation in order to get a sense of your legal dispute. Based on the details of your case, we will then ask for an initial retainer. Our standard retainer is currently $5,000. As part of the retainer, we will also provide you with an engagement agreement detailing the specifics of the lawyer-client relationship.

Our costs are based on an hourly rate of between $200 and $400 an hour according to the lawyer and the specifics of the matter. We will update you during the course of our work to provide transparency into our fees and the trajectory of our work.

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