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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 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.

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

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R. v. Mckay, 2021, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench   
Malmberg v Boyd , 2020 ABQB 326
Malmberg v Boyd , 2020 ABQB 80
Alvas v Barrett, 2018 ABQB 651
Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Suitel Canada Executive Suites Corporation, 2012 ABQB 699
September 16, 2022
People, Pets + Parking: Your Condo Building Insurance Questions Answered
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and John Gilbert for a complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issues are plaguing property man...
August 25, 2022
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2023
39 Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is pleased to announce that 39 of our lawyers are recognized in their respective practice areas in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Recognition in Best Lawyers™ is based on peer reviews of ...
June 23, 2022
People, Pets + Parking: How to Avoid + Address Pet Problems
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and John Gilbert for a complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issues are plaguing property man...
April 8, 2022
Financial Responsibilities of Condo Corporations
With all the legislation changes in recent years, it has grown increasingly challenging for condominium corporation boards to understand their financial responsibilities. How can board members ensure they have the right resources in place to manage the...
March 2022 - 10 min read
In Good Faith: Seven Cases Impacting Your Contracts
In 2020 and 2021, two significant Supreme Court of Canada cases, Callow Inc. v. Zollinger and Wastech Services Ltd. v Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, clarified and confirmed the duty of good faith and honest contra...
February 2022 - 2 min read
Are Commercial Tenants Required to Pay Back Missed Rent During COVID-19?
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses across Canada, and many commercial tenants have faced enormous revenue shortfalls. Some of them are wondering whether COVID and its business destruction are legitimate reasons to not pay rent. Are they? Well fo...
December 2021
Power of Attorney and Probate
Alberta Real Estate Association - Podcast Episode 40
In this episode, Lisa Statt Foy helps to clear up some of the misconceptions associated with the topic on the probate process, Power of Attorney, and enduring power of attorney relating to real estate. As these issues affect REALTORS®...
November 19, 2021
People, Pets + Parking: How to Avoid + Address Parking Issues
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and John Gilbert for a complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issues are plaguing pr...
November 2021
2021 Reader's Choice Awards
Edmonton Sun + Edmonton Journal
Congratulations to Barry McGuire, who won Gold in the category of Edmonton's Best Real Estate Lawyer in the 2021 Readers' Choice Awards. Since 2014, the Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal have asked their readers to vote for their favourite...
November 2021 - 5 min read
How Long It Takes to Buy a Foreclosed Property
In Canada (and jurisdictions with similar laws), foreclosure is when someone defaults on their mortgage payments, and the lender takes control of the property. Lenders will try to sell the property to recuperate the mortgage money. Foreclosures are reg...
October 28, 2021
Real Estate Investment Morning Show
Getting Creative In Real Estate with Barry McGuire
October 2021
Interesting Insights on Intellectual Property
Alberta Real Estate Association - Podcast Episode 38
In this episode, Lisa Statt Foy, brings her wealth of legal knowledge to our discussion to help REALTORS® understand the potential pitfalls and best practices related to the use of images, trademarks, copyrighting, and more. With the expl...
October 15, 2021
People, Pets + Parking: A Property Manager's Guide to HOAs
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and John Gilbert for a special edition of People, Pets + Parking! As it becomes more and more common for condominium Property Managers to also manage Homeowners' Associations (HOAs), it's important to be aware of the simil...
September 17, 2021
People, Pets + Parking: Condo Manager Regulation
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and Niall Burke for a complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issues are plaguing property mana...
August 2021
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2022
38 Field Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is pleased to announce that 38 of our lawyers are recognized in their respective practice areas in the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Recognition in Best Lawyers™ is based on peer reviews of ...
July 9, 2021
People, Pets + Parking: Pandemic Problems - Part 2
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and Niall Burke for the second installment of our complimentary webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issue...
April 30, 2021
People, Pets + Parking: Pandemic Problems - Part 1
Q+A Session
Join Erin Berney and Niall Burke for a complimentary new webinar series designed for Property Managers based on the challenges seen most frequently: people, pets and parking. Have a legal question? Want to learn what other issues are plaguing property ...
March 24, 2021
Navigating the Legal Landscape of Condo Insurance
Presented by The Insurance Institute
Condo Insurance is complex and can cause headaches for brokers, adjusters, underwriters, condo boards and property managers. Learn how to navigate through the legal landscape of condominium insurance. Join Erin Berney as she presents this virtual ...
February 2021 - 7 min read
Understanding Board Member Duties: When Condo Boards Fail
Real Estate Blog
January 2021
Field Law Announces Five New Partners
The Firm welcomes Anthony Burden, Jason Kully, Lisa Statt Foy, Britt Tetz, and Matthew Turzansky to its partnership.Field Law is pleased to welcome Anthony Burden, Jason Kully, Lisa Statt Foy, Britt Tetz, and Matthew Turzansky as partners of the Firm. ...
October 30, 2020
How to Purchase a Foreclosure
Presentations
Mogul Mastermind
October 30, 2020
Creative Real Estate Deals & AFS Strategies
Presentations
Mogul Mastermind
September 16, 2020
Privacy for Condo Corporations: Understanding + Complying with PIPA
Webinar
Condominiums in Alberta are defined as organizations which are subject to the requirements of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). This means that condo corporations must develop and adhere to policies and practices that comply with PIPA whe...
August 2020
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2021
38 Fielders Recognized
Field Law is pleased to announce that 38 of our lawyers are recognized in their respective practice areas in the 15th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Recognition in Best Lawyers™ is based on peer reviews of ...
July 2020 - 38 mins
Is Your Condo Safe + Secure?
Presentations
CCI Webinar
June 2020 - 6 min read
Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (Alberta)   
The Alberta government is moving forward with Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (“CTPA”). The Bill was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on June 16, 2020 and passed First Reading the same day. This is a government Bill,...
June 10, 2020
Condominium Quicksand
Presentations
Edmonton Real Estate Investors Assoc- ZOOM Series
June 5, 2020
Residential Investment Webinar
Presentations
Presented by Equitus LLP
June 2020
Condo Corporations Now Permitted to Access Reserve Funds in “Emergencies”
Real Estate Blog
March 2020
Landlords: How do you Spell (Rent) Relief?
Alberta is now in its fifth year of a depressed economy, and the misery has recently been significantly worsened by the double blows of a severe drop in oil prices and a pandemic. Many Alberta businesses and non-profit organizations are suffering, and ...
February 2020
Regulation of Short-Term Rentals Still To Be Decided
Real Estate Blog
August 2019
City Moves to License AirBnBs and Other Short-Term Rentals
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,...

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."