Mark V. Lewis — Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver
Edward L. Wilson — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver
About the Course Chairs
Mark Lewis is a partner in the Corporate Group at Bennett Jones LLP practicing in the area of commercial real estate.
Mark's practice encompasses the full spectrum of real estate transactions, and development and infrastructure projects, including urban strata projects, business parks, seniors housing, recreational resorts, healthcare and education facilities and public works. He regularly advises local and foreign-based clients in connection with structuring co-ownership, joint venture and partnership relationships for real estate development projects. He also has an active commercial lending practice that focuses on construction and equity financing loans, deposit protection insurance facilities, and cross-border business financings.
Mark has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban Development Institute–Pacific Region since 2012, and also chairs its Legal Issues Committee. Mark is a member of the Editorial Board for CLEBC's BC Real Estate Development Practice Manual and since 2005 has written the Manual's "Development Marketing" chapter.
Ed Wilson practices in the real estate and municipal law fields with a specialty in real estate development.
Ed has assisted clients in such projects as: redevelopment of industrial sites to permit multi-family residential uses; heritage designation and density bonusing arrangements; rezoning and redevelopment of shopping centres; development of office and industrial parks; development of numerous condominium projects; development and marketing of strata title hotels; restructuring of strata corporation bylaws; purchase of abandoned mining towns; development of mine sites; subdivision of pulp mills and saw mills; assisting municipalities on the redevelopment of downtown urban centres; and commercial lease negotiations for a wide variety of tenants and landlords.
Ed has been involved in large land assemblies, subdivisions, bare land strata plans, air space parcels, real estate acquisitions, financings, sales, and structuring forms of ownership and transactions.
Ed has provided advice to private proponents on public-private partnership matters particularly relating to medical infrastructure and transportation projects.
Working closely with sellers, buyers, and developers, Ed is a trusted advisor in connection with property and development projects spanning a wide variety of commercial, residential, industrial, resort, and financing matters. Ed also provides advice on environmental matters in connection with real property.
He is one of the leading experts on strata corporation windups having completed a number of strata corporation windups as well as the first court approved windup in BC. Ed has been an active member of a number of committees over the years proposing changes to strata property law, including the BC Law Institute's committee that recommended changes to the Strata Property Act that allows for more the flexible rules facilitating windups.
Ed has assisted clients on a number of energy related projects including cogeneration plants, run off river electrical generation plants, electrical transmission lines, and natural gas pipelines and LNG plants.
Ed's expertise also includes advising clients on the development of standard form documentation in the real estate, strata management, and mortgage broker fields and advising professional practicing in those fields.
Ed has been retained by the Law Society of BC to provide advice on complaints against members and insurance claims in the real estate field. Ed has acted for the Provincial Government and the Land Title and Survey Authority in the development of amendments to the Land Title Act to facilitate the Electronic Filings System and the Digital Plan System. Ed assisted the BC Real Estate Association in drafting sample legislation, much of which found its way into the Real Estate Services Act.
BC Real Estate Development Practice Manual
Your guide to real estate development law, practice, and procedure
This publication is essential for: lawyers advising or representing developers or municipalities in real estate development matters
Current to: January 1, 2021
To effectively serve developer and municipal clients, you need a strong command of the legal principles as well as an understanding of the real estate development process. With the British Columbia Real Estate Development Practice Manual, you have a concise guide to each phase of the development process, from land acquisition to financing and marketing the project, with discussion of the unique planning and regulatory environment in the City of Vancouver, and considerations for development on First Nations lands.
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- quickly access a collection of over 70 real estate development forms and precedents
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Highlights of the 2021 Update include:
- foreign buyers tax exemption for certain general partners
- Land Owner Transparency Registry and LOTA requirements
- Wastech, M. Callow: good faith duty implications for contract termination, honest contractual performance, conditions precedent (2020, 2021) (SCC)
- amendments to contaminated site legislation, replacement of site profile with site disclosure statement
- temporary extension of early marketing periods in response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Vavilov: standard of judicial review for approving officer and council decisions (2019) (SCC)
- legislative changes to agricultural land reserve regime
- amendments to heritage preservation legislation
- amendments to riparian protection legislation
- enforceability of positive covenants that run with the land (2020) (SCC)
- power of local governments to restrict users versus use of land through zoning (2020) (BCCA)
- recent BCCA decisions on attacking City of Vancouver bylaws and resolutions