David Longcroft

National Business Leader, Commercial Real Estate


In David's commercial real estate practice, he serves a wide range of clients including national and local developers, publicly listed real estate companies, institutional investors, securities underwriters, and mining, forestry and railway companies.

He has developed considerable expertise in the development of mixed-use projects and associated air space parcel subdivisions.

Within BLG, David is the National Business Leader of our Commercial Real Estate Group.


  • Acts for developers of residential, retail and office development projects, from assembly and acquisition of land, through the development and subdivision approval process, lease-up and sale.
  • Acts for institutional real estate investment entities such as insurance companies, pension funds and REITs in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of retail, office and industrial properties.
  • Acts for hotel owners in connection with the purchase, sale, refinancing and development of hotel and resort properties.
  • Acts for mezzanine lenders, including financings of hotel and resort projects.
  • Acts for landlords of large apartment building portfolios in the sale and purchase, redevelopment and financing of their buildings.
  • Acts for short-line railway companies in the acquisition and operation of provincial short-lines.
  • Acted for underwriters and lenders to a hotel REIT in carrying out due diligence and simultaneous closing of 15 hotels across Canada.
  • Acted for the lead proponent of a medical building REIT in negotiating the purchase of a portfolio of buildings in Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Member, Joint Task Force (on air space parcel subdivisions) of the CBA and the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
  • Executive Committee Member, British Columbia District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI BC), 2010-present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2009) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).
  • Recognized in the 2022 (and since 2016) edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: British Columbia).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2019) of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Hospitality).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Property Development).
  • Recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 edition of the Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Nationwide - Canada).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 1989
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1988
  • BA (Hons.), McGill University, 1984