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The complexity and uniqueness of the commercial and residential real estate markets, especially in Alberta, require a collaborative, goal-oriented approach to projects. At Field Law, we partner with you to find practical and effective legal solutions for your entire project or any phase of it.

For more than 100 years, lawyers at Field Law have been providing strategic advice and counsel to many of the country’s largest real estate developers, investors, lenders, owners and managers. As a recognized market leader with 13 lawyers and five paralegal staff and a long history and intimate knowledge of this constantly evolving area of law, we have guided our clients to their goals in a wide variety of significant real estate projects in western Canada.

Field Law demonstrates our commitment to you by:

  • Understanding your business and goals
  • Giving your clear advice, because clarity matters
  • Providing you with creative, practical solutions to your business challenges
  • Moving at deal speed
  • Hosting extranets (virtual deal rooms) so all deal/project parties can quickly, easily and securely access deal/project documents 24/7/365
  • Integrating legal process improvement (LPI) initiatives into our workflow
  • Using leading edge communications and productivity technology
  • Being cost-conscious and cost-effective. We’re innovative and flexible on fee matters, and welcome alternate fee arrangements (AFAs)
  • Adding more value to the relationship through publications, seminars and client events
  • Collaborating with you to provide clear client-oriented solutions.

Our goal is get you to project completion in an efficient, practical and cost-effective way. We pride ourselves on the clarity and practical nature of our advice and services.

Alvas v Barrett, 2018 ABQB 651
Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Suitel Canada Executive Suites Corporation, 2012 ABQB 699
July 2019
Cutting the Red Tape? New Condo Regulations are on Hold for Further Review
Field Law Blog
May 2019
Use of Restrictive Covenants in Residential Developments
Newsletter
Restrictive covenants operate outside of – and in addition to – municipal zoning bylaws. The obligations associated with restrictive covenants “run with the land” and are binding on any future buyer of the property.Historically,...
May 2019
Is Time Really of the Essence?
Newsletter
The Use of "Time is of the Essence" Clauses in Commercial Real Estate Repurchase Options The ONCA provided some guidance and analysis on both “time is of the essence” clauses as well as the availability of specific performance ...
October 2018
Recent Changes to the Condominium Property Act of Alberta
Field Law Blog
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
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 ...
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...
November 9, 2015
Field Law Announces Addition of Gordon Van Vliet to the Business Group
Field Law is pleased to welcome Gord Van Vliet as a Partner in the Business Group, effective November 2, 2015.Gord’s primary practice area is real estate law and he joins Field Law from a multinational law firm. He was called to the Alberta bar in 2000...
June 2013
Renewal Options in a Lease: Tips and Traps for Landlords and Tenants
Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, one of the crucial terms to consider when negotiating a lease is the renewal clause. The renewal clause grants the tenant an option, or several consecutive options, to renew the lease for a set term or sever...
June 2011
Contracts for the Sale and Purchase of Land: Purchaser's Remedies
Field & Brook
June 2011
Changes Passes to Controversial Land Use Legislation
Field & Brook

Being an advocate and a driver for a big real estate development

Our client: A real estate developer with a set of agreements involving the city government and other developers regarding the financing of infrastructure for a project.
Where we began: According to Rick Pabst, "the city authority is often changing the financing model in order to get developers to pay more. So, there were several novel agreements to negotiate and put in place, relating to financing sewers, water and other public works. We needed to help our client work through three or four major agreements…sorting out when and who was responsible for what."
Our approach: Rick negotiated and documented agreements to secure payments from one developer to another and to provide temporary access. "These were contentious negotiations…not public until the end. Developers are competitive, and I have a sophisticated client. I negotiated the main points initially and then again during drafting."
The result: The parties reached agreement, and the agreements were put in place. "The agreements worked well, and the infrastructure construction has begun. They are now looking at zoning and subdivision permissions." Rick notes that a lot of what drives a deal involves financial or engineering issues. "I'm comfortable with other consultants and able to see their perspectives and issues. I can step back and avoid getting overly focused on the legal."

Helping a client keep their business running despite Calgary's 2013 Flood

In June 2013, Calgary had a significant flood, with five deaths, 100,000 people displaced and $5 billion in damages. Downtown Calgary was closed off to the public, seriously disrupting work and life for the region's 1.1 million residents. Meanwhile, a client of Kevin Schouten, ­ a residential builder, ­was ready to close on over 25 deals. This client had customers who wanted to move into their homes, and the client demanded a plan to handle these closings. Kevin quickly came up with a solution. In about an hour, he and four paralegals set up a temporary, fully functioning remote office, with all of the files, faxing and computer capacity he and his client needed. "For five days, we didn't miss a single closing. It was business as usual for us. My client said, 'That's when we knew we had a partner."