In the May 2019 issue of Canadian Lawyer Marg Bruineman writes about the changes afoot in construction lien legislation across Canada.
In the article she talks about how the increasingly complicated construction projects have necessitated discussions around prompt payment and adjudication regimes. Industry groups such as subcontractors and trades have been calling for legislative reform as money is slow to “cascade down the construction pyramid” when claims choke the cashflow of a project.
In the article, Jared Epp gives his take on the current situation in Saskatchewan:
Saskatchewan, like Ontario, is conceiving of a very broad adjudication regime as part of this new legislation and it would allow a lot of the interim disputes and disputes before the project is completed to to put in front of someone, probably from someone in industry, just to make some sort of a decision. There are still quite a few disputes in construction projects that wind their way through the courts, but there’s really no need for them to go that way. In a lot of cases, parties simply need someone to make a decision.
Exciting times in the construction industry!
Curtis Clavelle and Alyshea Sparks have been honoured with the Award of Distinction from the Law Society of Saskatchewan for achieving the highest marks in the 2018-2019 CPLED Bar Admissions Program.
Curtis completed his Juris Doctor of Law with Great Distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Great Distinction as well. Over the course of his law school career, Curtis earned numerous awards, including the Goldenberg Prize in Taxation, the W.G. Morrow-R.C. Carter Prize in Indian and Aboriginal Law, and the Brad Berg and Brian Rolfes LGBT Rights Scholarship. In addition to these academic achievements, Curtis served as the President of Usask OUTlaws for two years in law school and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) throughout law school.
Curtis is completing his articles with Robertson Stromberg and we look forward to working with him as an associate in general practice.
Alyshea Sparks is articling with the Ministry of Justice and looks forward to continuing her career in the Regina Public Prosecutions office.
Congratulations to both of you.
Robertson Stromberg is pleased to announce that Christopher Donald, Melvin Gerspacher, Leslie Prosser, Scott Waters, and Gary Young have all been listed as leading practitioners in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for 2019, a guide based on extensive peer surveys in the Canadian legal community.
Christopher Donald, QC, Melvin Gerspacher, QC, Leslie Prosser, QC, and Scott Waters are all repeatedly recommended lawyers in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
Gary Young, QC is a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the area of Commercial Insurance Litigation.
Congratulations to our Lexpert Leading Lawyers.
The University of Saskatchewan’s alumni newsletter The Green and White has a regular feature called “Volunteer Highlight”. The current issue spotlights the work of Candice Grant and the many and varied volunteer organizations she has been involved with since her early days as a student at the University of Saskatchewan.
Although busy with her practice and family, Candice has committed time to work with Saskatoon organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the community gardens and collective kitchen programs, and Dundonald School community council. She has chaired the board of trustees for the Saskatoon Public Library and the board of directors for CHEP Good Food Inc. Candice was also appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan to serve a term on the Meewasin Valley appeal board.