Real Estate law:
a) Solicitor’s practice in conveyancing – purchase, re-financing, assignment and sale transactions
b) Litigator’s practice:
i) Breach of real estate contracts and collapsing transactions
ii) Recovering and pursuing forfeiture of deposits for real estate transactions
iii) Filing and discharging property liens including Builder's Liens and Certificates of Pending Litigation
iv) Freezing real property assets under dispute
v) Property co-ownership interest disputes including Court-ordered sale of property interests under the BC Partition of Property Act
vi) Disputes with property deficiencies, misrepresentation of contractual terms & property disclosure statements, and breaches of real estate contracts
vii) Contract disputes
General civil litigation and breach of contract disputes
Wills and Power of Attorney, personal estate planning service and Probate matters
Notarizations and authentication of documents for overseas use
Hee Creations Group Ltd. v. Chow,2018 BCSC 260
The firm successfully obtained judgment over $115,000 for defamation related to an online wedding photography studio. On February 22, 2018, the Supreme Court of BC released its judgment in Hee Creations Group Ltd. v. Chow,2018 BCSC 260 before the Honourable Judge Weatherill, and found the Defendant bride, Emily Liao had defamed the Plaintiff, causing its closure and irreparable damage to its reputation after posting a series of false and damaging posts on various Chinese social media websites. The case was widely reported by local and international media around the world and brought increased awareness to consumers about the dangers of publishing defamatory “reviews” that could bring serious legal consequences and financial repercussions.
Wang v. Vancouver Home Park Realty et al.
The firm represented the Plaintiff in a multi-million dollar commission dispute against a Richmond realty brokerage arising from a $40 million land development transaction. During the course of its painstaking investigation, the firm exposed forgery committed by the realtor and further uncovered evidence of realtor dishonesty and obtained a finding of breach of fiduciary by the realtor (appeal pending in the BC Court of Appeal)
Publications: These should be publications you have written or have been interviewed by.
Bernard Lau has been interviewed or has provided legal commentary in the Vancouver Sun, Global News, Sing Tao, Ming Pao and South China Morning Post, and his court cases have garnered media reporting in the BBC News, CBC News, CTV News, the Toronto Star, Business in Vancouver, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post.
Awards: Your biography should contain both legal and civic awards.
Board Memberships: Every instance should be its own entry or bullet point.
Bar Associations & Legal Organizations: Highlight leadership positions first, general memberships after and include years of participation if possible.
Member of The Law Society of BC since 2011