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Cynics have described a construction project as "a hole in the ground spouting lawsuits". Given the complexity of modern construction and the level of risk associated with even the most modest project, it is often a wonder that anything is built.

We at Field Law are familiar with the risks that you face, whether you be an owner, design professional, general contractor, subcontractor, material supplier, insurer or surety, because we have experience representing each of these ranging in size from single owner businesses to major institutions and international EPC contractors.

For 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 the 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 inevitably arise, and our litigation group is well versed and experienced in the range of dispute resolution mechanisms available to reach expeditious and cost effective resolution: negotiation, mediation, judicial dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation. 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:

  • Contract negotiation and preparation
  • Zoning applications
  • Contract dispute resolution
  • Claims preparation
  • Builders' liens
  • Defense of claims for negligent engineering, procurement and construction
  • Defense of claims for defective building materials
  • Construction bonds and insurance
, Practice Group Leader
VCARD
Partner
Calgary
403-260-8513
awilkinson@fieldlaw.com
, Practice Group Leader
VCARD
Partner
Edmonton
780-423-9580
bfilips@fieldlaw.com
Counsel
Edmonton
780-423-7614
dcarroll@fieldlaw.com
Firm Managing Partner
Calgary
403-260-8539
dsaunderson@fieldlaw.com
, Executive Committee Member
VCARD
Partner
Edmonton
780-423-9585
ghope@fieldlaw.com
Partner
Edmonton
780-423-7636
gharding@fieldlaw.com
Counsel
Calgary
403-260-8520
jvanderlee@fieldlaw.com
, Executive Committee Member
VCARD
Partner
Edmonton
780-643-8768
jkowalchuk@fieldlaw.com
Counsel
Calgary
403-260-8505
mcasey@fieldlaw.com
Partner
Edmonton
780-423-7631
pgibson@fieldlaw.com
Partner
Calgary
403-260-8581
tkathol@fieldlaw.com
Lawyer
Edmonton
587-772-2493
pkolida@fieldlaw.com
Owners: Condominium Plan No. 0625385 v Oxford Grande Ltd., 2017 ABQB 316
Keyland Development Corporation v Rocky View (Municipal District No 44), 2016 ABQB 735, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Keyland Development Corporation v Cochrane (Town), 2014 ABQB 458
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
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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
2014
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
2001-2003
Contract Law & Documents
June 2001
Managing Construction/Purchasing Risk
April 2001
Legal Alert - Construction Law Primer
1996-2000
Contract Law & Documents, Construction Management Certificate Program
1999
Contractors and Freedom of Information
1998
Gold Seal Program Course, Contract Law and Documents
Periodically
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