Summary

BLG’s Construction and Engineering Group brings together a dedicated team of expert practitioners, including litigators, solicitors and engineers, to provide the legal strategies that will put you ahead of the game. Our Group has the knowledge and dedication to help you achieve the best possible results in any matter relating to contracts, dispute resolution and international construction projects.

The Firm offers clients a complete project lifecycle service developed through involvement in all aspects of the construction process, from the planning and development stage to execution and completion. Our strength resides in a comprehensive knowledge of this multifaceted business. Our broad analysis of client issues helps us provide you with responsive, practical advice on a day-to-day basis.

BLG is the most highly recognized Canadian firm for Construction Law in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and the only firm rated Band 1 for Construction Law in Canada. In Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, our lawyers are consistently ranked among the top construction law professionals. We also play an active role in the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, various provincial bar associations, the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, the American College of Construction Lawyers, the Surety Association of Canada, and in many national, provincial and local construction associations. Achieving client success is the driving force behind our service.


 

Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel on Construction Risk Management

Bruce Reynolds, a partner at BLG and Chair of the International Construction Projects Group, and Sharon Vogel, a partner at BLG and Regional Leader of the International Construction Projects Group, discuss the Role of Insurance in Construction Risk Management.


 

The Paradigm Shift in Construction Law

Bruce Reynolds, a partner at BLG and Chair of the International Construction Projects Group, discusses the importance of insurance in construction projects and advises on how to keep costs under control. He also outlines what construction professionals should look for in their legal counsel.

Publications

Our lawyers frequently write for a variety of publications both in Canada and internationally on construction and engineering law issues.

  • Sharon Vogel, "Condominium Construction Deficiencies — Buyer Beware," building.ca, February 2014.
  • Sharon Vogel, “Does Green Always Mean Go? A review of risks associated with Green Building,” ReNew, September 2013.
  • Yaël Lachkar, “Understanding Bill 43,” Northern Miner, September 2013.
  • Ian Houston, “Weasel Clauses for the Non-Weasel,” Electrical Business, July 2013.
  • Matthew Swanson and Grant Mayovsky, "Extensions of Time Matter: A Primer on Time Being at Large and Acceleration," On-Site Magazine, June 2013.
  • Ian Houston, “The Evolution of the Procurement Process for Public and Private Companies,” Public Sector Digest, June 2013.
  • Sharon Vogel and Bruce Reynolds, “Insurance issues relevant to cranes.” Lawyers Weekly, June 2013.

Recent Client Bulletins

Rankings & Recognitions

“Borden Ladner Gervais is the leading construction firm in Canada, and one of the foremost firms in the field worldwide”
Who’s Who Legal
  • In the top tier (Band 1) of the 2014 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Industry leaders say, "BLG is the pre-eminent surety and construction law firm in Canada. Its surety and construction law group has a depth of knowledge and experience in this area which is unsurpassed."
  • Recognized in the 2013 Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Global Mining
  • Most lawyers recognized in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers. A BLG partner was also recognized as the top construction lawyer internationally.
  • Most lawyers recognized for Construction Law in the 2013 edition of Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • Construction and Engineering Group members recognized in the 2013 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • Most lawyers recognized for Construction Law in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • BLG was also the most highly recognized Firm for Construction Law in the 2013 edition of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Representative Work

Our Group has unparalleled depth in all aspects of construction, including:

  • Drafting RFQs, RFPs, and other procurement documents
  • Drafting all forms of construction contracts and agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Infrastructure and megaproject advice
  • Public private partnerships
  • Alliance financing
  • Construction insurance, including professional liability coverage
  • Procurement/tender disputes
  • Delay and loss of productivity claims
  • Lien claims
  • Product liability and construction materials related claims
  • Engineering and geotech claims
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Condominium disputes
  • Environmental issues
  • Highway maintenance
  • Insurance coverage and defence
  • Leaking buildings
  • Issues arising during construction
  • Fidelity and fraud litigation
  • Recovery of assets
  • Construction insolvency