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Our Mission -
The purpose of the College is to facilitate and encourage the association of outstanding lawyers who are distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or teaching of construction law and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law.

Through the association of such members in an environment of collegiality and good fellowship, the College shall strive to nurture, improve and enhance the practice and understanding of construction law.

Officers of the College

CCCL President
Marina Pratchett

Contact Infomation

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Barristers & Solicitors
Ste. 2900 - 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

V6C 0A3

Tel: (604) 631-4781
Fax: (604) 631-3232

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Immediate Past President
Richard H. Shaban

Olivier F. Kott

T. Arthur Barry, Q.C.

Matthew R. Alter

Program Co-Ordinator

Ian Houston

Governors of the College

The Board of Governors includes all of the Officers listed above, all Past Presidents (as ex-officio fellows), as well as:

John Logan

E. Jane Sidnell

Kenneth Crofoot

David Marr

Donald Lucky

Bernard Quinn

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College News

Harvey J. Kirsh wins

OBA's Award for Excellence in

Alternative Dispute Resolution



Congratulations Harvey!

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William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., wins

CBA’s 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award


CCCL Fellow and Past President William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., of Stewart McKelvey in Halifax is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence that recognizes distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA.

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Congratulations Mick for this significant achievement!

Featured Case Comment, May 2015

SCC Rules on Threshold Issues for Expert Evidence – Exclusion versus Weight

by Ken Crofoot, Goodmans LLP

2015 Ken Crofoot

White Burgess Langille Inman v Abbott and Haliburton Co., 2015 SCC 23

Typical construction law trials are full of expert evidence. As a result, construction lawyers need to fully understand the requirements for the qualification of an expert to give opinion evidence before the Court. When does an issue affecting the expert’s independence go to the ability of the expert to testify at all and when does it go to the weight the trier of fact may put on that evidence? There are instances where the knowledge of the expert is so important that it may be strategic to use the person as an expert despite the fact that their independence might be subject to attack; however, can the evidence go before the court at all?

In this case, the shareholders of a company retained a new accounting firm to do accounting work and that firm raised issues with the previous firm’s work. The shareholders then brought a professional negligence action against the prior firm which brought a summary judgment motion to have the action dismissed. In response, the shareholders filed an affidavit of a forensic accounting partner of the their new accountants containing an expert report summarizing their findings. The former accountants moved to strike out the affidavit on the grounds that the partner was not an impartial expert witness. This was based on an argument that the firm was interested in the result of the motion because, as a battle between two accounting firms, the new firm was both involved in the circumstances and would suffer a potential liability to the shareholders if their opinions were found to be wrong.

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Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers 2014

The College has created a page where all indexes of the Journal of Canadian Construction Lawyers are now available in a searchable .PDF format.

This has been done to provide the legal community at large with an easy instrument in order to identify articles of interest related to all facets of construction law published in the Journal since 2007.

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