OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Construction disputes present significant challenges to all of the parties concerned. Often, they involve complex and multifaceted issues, impact several parties and have numerous potential causes. The stakes can be high, from financial losses caused by cost overruns, delays or repairs of defective work to reputational damage due to allegations of poor project management or poor-quality construction. Additional risks arise from failing to deal properly with construction, safety and business issues.

Blakes has developed a well-deserved reputation for effective, efficient and practical resolution of construction disputes. Taking a practical, results-oriented approach, we focus on our clients’ goals, consider the issues and risks, and determine the best course of action, whether litigation, arbitration, mediation or negotiated settlement.

Clients come to Blakes because of our significant expertise in every aspect of construction law and dispute resolution. We have appeared before all levels of the courts, handling trials and appeals, and in alternative dispute resolution forums, including international and domestic arbitrations. Representing local, national and international clients in construction disputes, Blakes has represented building and facility owners, developers, engineers, architects, contractors, trades, suppliers, insurers and mortgagees.

Group members have been retained on complex construction cases involving design-build contracts, delay claims, procurement issues, as well as claims for extras and claims for defective workmanship and supplies, among others. We also act on smaller matters that involve lien rights and the efficient and effective collection of contract accounts.

Working closely with lawyers from our Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Commercial Real Estate, Insurance, and Environmental & Aboriginal Law groups, among other Firm specialists, we assure comprehensive, cost-effective representation. We also work with leading experts and claims consultants to assist our clients in reaching appropriate resolutions.

The Blakes Litigation & Dispute Resolution group has considerable strength and numbers across the country and is supported by a well-trained and dedicated group of paralegal and administrative staff. We have the most up-to-date electronic litigation resources and a proven track record in managing large, complex and document-intensive construction files, making us one of Canada’s leading construction law firms.

In addition to broad-based experience as counsel on construction disputes, our lawyers publish on the topic, belong to industry associations and have been appointed to rosters of arbitrators. One of our lawyers is a founding fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.


Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the City of Montréal in the successful defence of a C$63-million lawsuit, one of the longest and most complex trials in the history of Quebec, launched following the cancellation of a major construction project. The case also gave rise to a precedent-setting decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on solicitor-client privilege.
  • Counsel to ACE INA in an insurance coverage dispute with Liberty International relating to a C$10-million settlement in a multi-party, highly complex construction defect litigation. The action raises significant unresolved issues in Canadian law.
  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Inc. on a variety of construction matters, including a C$65-million lawsuit against a contractor relating to cost overruns and delays in construction of part of an Alberta oil sands facility.
  • Counsel to AMEC Americas Limited on a significant construction matter involving a magnesium oxide plant in Jordan. AMEC is being sued by its Turkish joint venture partner over breach of various agreements. The matter is multinational and involves over 600,000 documents and approximately
    C$60-million to C$80-million in damages.
  • Counsel to the City of Mississauga through a lengthy trial and appeal against a claim for damages for breach of contract, including losses due to delay and interference with contractual relations brought by a contractor.
  • Counsel to Straight Crossing Joint Venture on claims made in relation to the supply of a post-tensioning system for the construction of the Confederation Bridge.
  • Counsel to Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on actions for damages in excess of
    C$500-million in respect of the design and construction of the Windsor Energy Centre.
  • Counsel to a contractor on a claim against an Ontario municipality and an architectural firm in relation to the construction of a civic centre.
  • Counsel to the purchaser of a chemical production plant in British Columbia in litigation relating to the dismantling of the plant.
  • Counsel to the designer and installer of water systems in British Columbia on claims for payment for the supply of construction materials and services.
  • Counsel to a significant design-build contractor with respect to bidding, design, construction, operational and related issues in respect of numerous major public-private infrastructure projects in British Columbia.
  • Counsel to the owner of a two-tower office complex in Calgary in multi-party litigation and multiple claims related to defects in the building's structural support. Insurance coverage was also at issue.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9601
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Insurance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3328
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Energy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Trainee Lawyer | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9342
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Consultant | Riyadh, Al-Khobar
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7455
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Middle East, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7444
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Power, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas
Consultant | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9335
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Consultant | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9337
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Employment & Labour
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2678
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2734
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Trainee Lawyer | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9330
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Investment, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2646
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Mining, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental, Aboriginal, International Trade
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5839
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Power, Power
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5280
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, International Trade
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition & Antitrust, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3883
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9656
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Tax, Oil & Gas, Intellectual Property, Construction
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4316
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4137
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4006
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy, Financial Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3344
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Trade, Construction, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mining, Cannabis, Intellectual Property, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9715
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Cannabis
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