Blair Rebane

Partner

Vancouver
BRebane@blg.com
604.640.4130

Blair has extensive experience advising franchisors in all types of franchise matters. His practice also focuses on the area of contract law, with an emphasis on landlord/tenant matters, construction disputes and creditors’ remedies.

Blair’s clients include a number of Canada’s largest franchisors, manufacturers, landlords and those involved at all levels of the construction industry. Over his career, Blair has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Canada on franchise, construction and landlord/tenant matters.

In addition to his practice, Blair has taught, published and presented extensively on franchise law.

From 1999 to 2011, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. The outlets and organizations he has been published in or spoken at include the Globe & Mail, Construction Business (BC & Alberta’s Construction Magazine), Business in Vancouver and several others.

Experience

  • Negotiated, prepared and structured a vast number of franchise and distribution arrangements such as master franchises, unit franchises, area development agreements, dealerships, distribution agreements and sales agencies for a large variety of businesses including hotels, restaurants, automotive dealerships, car and truck accessories, home services, liquor distribution, health care, appliance and outdoor living, sporting goods and child care.
  • Assisted clients with enforcement and termination of all types of franchise and distribution agreements, including obtaining injunctive relief to enforce the terms of franchise and distribution agreements.
  • Acted for clients to recover monies due under franchise, distribution and lease agreements.
  • Acted for clients to enforce non-competition covenants and trademark rights.
  • Acted for clients to obtain evictions of tenants and enforce rights under leases.
  • Acted for clients with respect to disputes involving the calculation of operating costs, assignment rights, repair obligations and numerous other issues under commercial lease disputes.
  • Acted for clients to enforce builders’ lien claims by contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers.
  • Acted for clients to recover monies owing to construction sureties under indemnity agreements.
  • Acted for clients to obtain recovery for contractors on delay claims.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Construction and Civil Litigation Sections
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Section
  • Editorial Board Member, ICSC Shopping Center Legal Update, 2008 - present
  • (Past) Legal Advisor, Canadian Franchise Association’s Pacific Region Council.

Community Involvement

  • Committee Member, Canadian Franchise Association’s Convention Committee, Education Committee and Legal and Legislation Committee
  • Director, Fulmer Charitable Foundation
  • Director, Goodly Foods
  • (Past) Director, The Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Society of East Vancouver

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® for Franchise Law (since 2008) and Corporate and Commercial Litigation (since 2013).
  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2019 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Franchising - Nationwide).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2013) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Franchise Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Franchise Law).
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized as the 2019, 2017 and 2013 "Vancouver Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Received the 2012 Canadian Franchise Association’s Vince Nichol Award for “demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication as a volunteer for the betterment of the franchise community.” Also received the association’s 2006 Franchise Support Services Recognition Award.

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 1995
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 1994
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1987