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Construction is fraught with risk, but the successful management of that risk can lead to great returns. Whether you are an owner, a design professional, general contractor, subcontractor, material supplier, insurer or surety; involved in commercial or residential, industrial, institutional or oil and gas, the construction industry is complex, and Field Law’s experienced lawyers can assist you. 

We represent a variety of clients ranging in size from single owner businesses to major institutions and international EPC contractors. Our clients include owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, insurers and sureties. At Field Law, our team focuses on helping you manage risk from the inception of a project through to completion. We have the experience and practicality to assist you with your needs, whatever they may be.

We at Field Law are familiar with the risks that you face. We are detail-oriented and have an in-depth understanding of the construction process. We work across a variety of construction related trades and industries, including excavation, mechanical, electrical, oil and gas pipelines, civil and road works, electricity transmission and infrastructure.

At Field Law, construction law is about identifying, managing and overcoming risk to get the job done. Design, workmanship, materials, schedule, cost, payment, delay, acceleration, weather, liens, labour, unforeseen conditions, extras and cash flow -- all present risk for each of the participants in a construction project. We emphasize risk management from the beginning - tender and award, contractual risk allocation and insurance/surety arrangements all furnish opportunities to allocate risk and to protect the project and its participants from the unforeseen.

Of course, disputes and issues arise, and construction litigation is complex, document intensive and expensive. We recognize that every situation is different and what works for one client may not be the solution for another. We look to identify our client’s needs and tailor a strategy and solution that will obtain the most timely and cost-effective result. We are practical problem solvers who appreciate that every dollar spent subtracts directly from the bottom line and that the risk/reward level for construction litigation demands a hard-nosed, proactive response.

Field Law’s services relating to construction include:

  • Builders’ liens
  • Contract dispute resolution
  • Delay and productivity claims
  • Productivity impact litigation
  • Deficiency claim litigation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Construction contract drafting
  • Construction contract litigation
  • Warranty claim litigation
  • Surety
  • Construction bonds
  • Labour and material payment bonds
  • Performance bonds


Owners: Condominium Plan No. 0625385 v Oxford Grande Ltd., 2017 ABQB 316
Direct Horizontal Drilling Inc v North American Pipeline Inc, 2017 ABQB 653
Condominium Plan No 7920829 v.  Academy Contractors Inc., 2017 ABQB 583
Keyland Development Corporation v Rocky View (Municipal District No 44), 2016 ABQB 735, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Cranbrook (City) v. Gabriel Construction (Alberta) Ltd., 2014 BCSC 2280
Keyland Development Corporation v Cochrane (Town), 2014 ABQB 458
January 2018
Field Law Announces Two Partners
Firm Welcomes Malkit Atwal and Sharon Roberts to its Partnership
EDMONTON – Field Law is pleased to introduce Malkit Atwal and Sharon Roberts as partners of the Firm. The addition of Malkit and Sharon to Field’s partnership is an emblem of the Firm’s growth in 2017, and its continued expansion and ...
September 18, 2017
Field Law's Litigation Team welcomes Dessa Nguyen
Calgary office gains new lawyer
CALGARY – Field Law is pleased to welcome Dessa Nguyen to the Calgary Litigation Group.  Dessa’s legal practice focusses on financial, commercial and construction litigation. At Field Law, she will offer counsel to clients on profes...
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
May & June 2017
Complex Facts & Contested Evidence: No Longer a Hurdle for Summary Judgment?
December 2015
Legal Developments in Public Construction Procurement
November 2015
Tendering Law Post Bhasin v. Hyrnew
September 2015
The "New Labour Trilogy" from the Supreme Court of Canada
October 2014
Legal Developments in Public Construction Procurement
March 2014
Construction Contracts and Insurance: Understanding the Implications of Defence and Indemnity Provisions
Construction Law and Recent Developments in Contractual Interpretation
November 2013
Managing Risk in Construction Contracts: Construction Case Law Update: How Will the New Cases Impact Your Business?
April 2012
Termination Practices
September 2009
Construction Contracts and Indemnities
April 2008
Implications Arising from Parallel or Related Proceedings - Use of Evidence - Res Judicata - Having Proceedings Stayed
April 2006
Construction Law Update - Contracts and Bonds
January 2006
The Anatomy of a Construction Action
February 2005
Joint Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers and The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
January 2004
Construction Bonding and Insurance Update
November 2003
Construction Law Update
February 2003
Construction Law Update
Contract Law & Documents
June 2001
Managing Construction/Purchasing Risk
April 2001
Legal Alert - Construction Law Primer
Contract Law & Documents, Construction Management Certificate Program
Contractors and Freedom of Information
Gold Seal Program Course, Contract Law and Documents
Implications Arising from Parallel or Related Proceedings-Use of Evidance-Res Judicata-Having Proceedings Stayed
  • Secured a favourable settlement on behalf of a construction company by pursuing a delay and impact claim in a strategically fast-paced arbitration in which we alleged that the client’s inability to perform its work as originally bid was caused by failures and delays by other parties 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a pipeline project contractor that was forced to register builders’ liens against the owner despite clear evidence that the work was performed per the contract’s terms; judgment affirmed on appeal
  • Secured an early, favourable settlement for a subcontractor who registered a builders’ lien on a large project involving multiple other lien claimants with claims totaling more than $12M, thereby avoiding the cost and time that would have been involved had our client participated in the overall litigation
  • Secured a settlement for a subcontractor who registered a builders’ lien for non-payment of its invoices, thereby avoiding involvement in what would have been a protracted litigation with uncertain ability to collect on any judgment we would have received
  • Obtained an emergency pre-judgment attachment order for a subcontractor client who performed work on and supplied materials to a project, but had not received any payment, and the prime contractor had been terminated
  • Secured a favourable settlement for a client on a complex delay claim involving wrongful termination and a counterclaim for damages against our client
  • Provided legal advice as part of a team to an owner involved in a multi-million dollar procurement matter
  • Represented a major international EPC contractor involved in disputes with oil sands producers and other EPC contractors over payment, delays, costs, and changes for various turnaround, construction and fabrication contracts
  • Represented a US engineering, fabrication, construction and maintenance contractor involved in a dispute with an oil sands producer over payment and delays