BCLI Blog

  • The Financing Litigation Series: Unbundled Legal Services

    18 October 2017 This post is the first in a six-part series showcasing each of the financing models explored in the Study Paper on Financing Litigation (PDF), published on October 4, 2017, and some recent developments in British Columbia. To read other posts in the series click here. Unbundled legal services are essentially discrete, limited legal services that a […]   Read More

  • BCLI Project Committee Chair Interviewed on CBC Radio

    13 October 2017 Tom Beasley, Chair of the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project Committee, was interviewed on CBC Radio One on 13 October 2017.  You can listen to the interview with Rick Cluff of The Early Edition here.(The segment starts at 2:11:32) Coming up next: Tom Beasley, Chair of the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project Committee, […]   Read More

  • BCLI Publishes a Study Paper on Financing Litigation

    4 October 2017 The Study Paper on Financing Litigation (PDF), published today, examines the traditional and alternative methods litigants use to pay for litigation. The cost of litigation is a significant barrier to accessing the justice system. While some disputes can be resolved outside the courtroom, litigation is often the only means to achieve an equitable result. However, […]   Read More

  • Quarterly update for the Strata Property Law Project

    2 October 2017 During the period from July to September 2017 the Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two saw continued progress on the committee’s review of selected governance issues. There also continued to be interest in completed committee work. Progress on selected governance issues The committee held three meetings in the period in the quarter. The bulk of the time […]   Read More

  • Incomplete interest schedule foils strata’s bid for termination

    29 September 2017 Re The Owners, Strata Plan VR 1966, 2017 BCSC 1661, was, as the court noted, the first contested case to consider the recently amended procedure to cancel a strata plan and wind up a strata corporation. The case illustrates the importance of strict compliance with the Strata Property Act’s requirements for employing this procedure. The case […]   Read More

  • CRT Roundup—use and alteration of common property, unauthorized spending, and more

    28 September 2017 This post is part of a monthly series summarizing the Civil Resolution Tribunal’s strata-property decisions. There have been 19 new decisions since the last post. Bylaws—rental and pet restrictions—Airbnb The Owners, Strata Plan VR812 v Yu, 2017 BCCRT 82 concerned the enforcement of the applicant strata corporation’s rental-restriction and pet bylaws. The strata corporation alleged that the […]   Read More

  • Final Reflections on My Summer with BCLI and CCEL

    27 September 2017 As I wrap up some of the final items on my task list today, I’ve been reflecting on my summer and how much I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with the BCLI and CCEL team. My initial thought: “what a terrific opportunity this has been for me!” I’ve always been interested in law reform. I […]   Read More

  • Will-Making Formalities

    12 September 2017 This series examines and compares recommendations made in several BCLI reports and those made by the Law Commission of England and Wales. To read the other posts in the series click here. In order for a will to be valid, a will must meet certain formal requirements. These requirements, often referred to as “testamentary formalities,” are relatively […]   Read More

  • The Manitoba Law Reform Commission Releases Consultation Report on Small Estates

    8 September 2017 Just this week, the Manitoba Law Reform Commission published its consultation report entitled, “Updating the Administration of Small Estates in Manitoba.” The consultation report considers possible legislative amendments that might improve how law and procedure operate during the administration of small estates. The Commission notes that ordinarily, there are legal and administrative costs and burdens […]   Read More

  • CRT Roundup—repairs, chargebacks, parking stalls, and more

    1 September 2017 This post is part of a monthly series summarizing the Civil Resolution Tribunal’s strata-property decisions. There have been 18 new decisions since the last post. Repairs—water penetration—negligence and significant unfairness In Capek v The Owners, Strata Plan VR1706, 2017 BCCRT 42, the applicant owner alleged that the strata corporation was negligent and significantly unfair to him […]   Read More

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