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Changes to Provincial Court Civil Jurisdiction and Procedures (Civil Resolution Tribunal)

  • May 23, 2017

The objectives of this Notice to the Profession and Public are: (1) to outline the changes to the Provincial Court’s civil jurisdiction and procedures effective June 1, 2017, further to the implementation of the small claims jurisdiction of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT); and (2) to rescind three Small Claims Practice Directions formerly issued by the Chief Judge.

Financial crime, terrorist financing, money laundering and China - What BC Lawyers Need to Know

  • April 24, 2017

If there is one area of law that seems to be the least understood among members of the profession, it is financial crime. Financial crime involves, among other things, money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion, insider trading, corruption, illegal gambling, drug trafficking and prostitution. We call these financial crimes because of the financial transactions associated with the criminal activity.

Class Action Filed in Relation to BC's Foreign Buyer Tax

  • January 24, 2017

A proposed class action was filed a mere six weeks after the British Columbia government introduced amendments to the Property Transfer Tax Act to impose an additional 15% tax on the purchase of residential property by foreigners in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (the “Foreign Buyer Property Tax”).

Changes To Principal Residence Exemption

  • January 24, 2017

On October 3, 2016, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes which will affect trusts and non-residents owning residential property in an effort to ensure "housing markets are stable and functioning efficiently."