SectionTalk | February 2023

Winter 2022 Meetings — Recap

February 2023

Winter 2022 Meetings — Recap

CBABC Sections hosted over 100 meetings and socials in the fall of 2022 and now 2023 is off to a strong start! With a wide variety of online, hybrid, and in-person activities, there is no shortage of opportunities to keep current in your practice area and connect with fellow members.

Employment Law: An Update on Restrictive Covenants
September 28, 2022

In September, the Employment Law Section hosted a meeting for over 150 members to hear about the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses. Matthew McCarthy, Boughton Law Corporation, and Kristina Draskovic, Harris & Co, reviewed criteria applied by the courts when assessing the reasonableness of a restrictive covenant, and applied a comparative lens to explore how key developments coming out of Ontario courts stand alongside developments in BC. The 1.5-hour session capped off with a list of best practices for how to get a handle on enforceability in your practice.

Wills & Trusts—Victoria: E-Wills under WESA s 35
November 7, 2022

One of our highest-attended meetings last term, with over 200 registrants, was hosted by our Wills & Trusts—Victoria Section. Hana Felix, Island Law Offices, led a discussion on the opportunities and pitfalls of e-Wills under Wills, Estates & Succession Act. Drawing from recent changes to WESA section 35, Hana shared insights on the characteristics of e-Wills, including forms, presence, and signatures. Using sample scenarios and live input from the audience, Hana responded to the issues and concerns facing members today, including risk, security, probate, storage, and the impact of changes in technology on this new practice approach.

Real Property: No ‘Cooling Off Period’ for Residential Transactions
December 14, 2022

To cap off a successful term, the Real Property Section invited Edward Wilson and Brendan Craig, Lawson Lundell LLP, to prepare over 150 real property members for the impact of recent amendments to the Property Law Act and a new regulation that created a new homebuyer rescission regime in BC. These changes, which came into effect in January 2023, apply to contracts of purchase and sale for residential real property, and introduce a statutory right for a buyer to rescind an offer within a short period of time after acceptance. Edward and Brendan examine the scope and limitations of the new terms, including how to manage the “break fee,” new standard form contract provisions and related issues.

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