Breaking News: Province Announces Increase in Property Transfer T...

July 25, 2016

Earlier today, the British Columbia government announced that the property transfer tax rate payable by foreign entities on purchases of residential property in the Greater Vancouver Regional District will increase to 15%. This increase in PTT payable will come into effect on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, and will be payable regardless […]

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NAIOP and UDI Forecasts (in bite-sized pieces)

January 22, 2015

Our commercial real estate lawyers were all over Twitter today about the NAIOP and UDI Forecasts, both huge industry events that our lawyers attended. Check out some of the important event content as tweeted by our stellar lawyers, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter: @JamesASpeakman @TowrissYVR @SarahWynJones @DarrenDonnelly Follow us too: […]

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Welcome to (formerly

January 19, 2015

Welcome to our new blog site, (formerly, where you’ll find the same great content, but with an improved look and feel. Don’t be afraid to look around and drop us a line if you see anything you’d like more information on. The Commercial Real Estate Group of Clark Wilson LLP developed and maintains as […]

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BC Supreme Court ruling gives guidance regarding development appr...

May 18, 2011

The BC Supreme Court yesterday rendered a lengthy decision that is noteworthy for any developer who is engaged in a development approval process regarding lands a portion of which may be expropriated in the future. The developer in the case, Thunderbird Entertainment Ltd, was engaged in the rezoning, subdivision and […]

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February 6, 2009

In an attempt to reduce the risk that lawyers’ trust accounts may be used for money laundering and terrorist financing, the Law Society of British Columbia (“LSBC”) now requires lawyers to collect certain information about their clients before providing legal services. The LSBC’s rules are similar to the rules developed […]

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Backgrounder on British Columbia Real Estate for the Foreign Inve...

March 18, 2008

British Columbia is no longer a local real estate market – the Province is attracting significant investment and development dollars from across Canada and around the world. With so much foreign investment in the Province, a brief backgrounder about the more notable differences and unique aspects of British Columbia real […]

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Trade-mark Issues for Real Estate Developers

December 14, 2006

What would happen if you started earnestly marketing a real estate development and then received a letter from a lawyer demanding that you stop, because the name you’ve chosen has already been registered or used as a trademark by one of your competitors? This scenario occurs often enough that you […]

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CWRealestate Featured in The Lawyers Weekly

September 15, 2006

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Deal or No Deal?

September 14, 2006

A hot real estate market requires its players to act quickly. A potential purchaser may have a short window of opportunity within which it can tie up a piece of property. A vendor may be interested in canvassing the market prior to committing to a specific purchaser or a specific […]

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The perils of tendering for real estate are not always appreciate...

July 5, 2006

The power of competitive bidding processes for the sale of real estate seems to be well appreciated. From what I see, often the perils are not so well appreciated by those initiating the processes. A recent headline in the Vancouver Sun illustrates the power of competitive bidding processes: “$193 million bid blows […]

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