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Navigating complex deals in a competitive and rapidly evolving real estate marketplace requires legal advisors with proven experience and business acumen. From early stages to when unexpected challenges arise – we deliver effective and agile advice through the entire lifecycle of your commercial real estate transaction.

A cross-disciplinary team of experienced legal advisors, we are deeply invested in the success of our clients. We balance high-level technical expertise with business savvy real-world experience to deliver results.

Clients choose us because we understand their business objectives and deliver practical advice and client-centered services to get the deal done. Committed to excellence, we exceed expectations with cost-effective and progressive solutions in the fast-paced world of real estate.

Working collaboratively with other practice areas including construction, corporate, environmental, First Nations, dispute resolution, and litigation we ensure that our clients benefit from our deep expertise across the full spectrum of challenges they may face.

Commercial real estate is complex and dynamic. We are here to help you achieve your business goals and vision.

Services

ACQUISITIONS/DISPOSITIONS

  • Ownership structures (REIT’s, LP’s)
  • Negotiating asset or share based purchase and sale agreements
  • Full title and off- title due diligence
  • Financing documentation
  • Complete closing services

 

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

  • Development on fee simple, leasehold and First Nations lands
  • Residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments
  • Conventional, air space, strata and bare land strata subdivisions
  • Strata dissolution and conversions
  • Disclosure statements
  • Construction financing and contracts
  • Zoning and development approval

COMMERCIAL LEASING

  • Deal structuring
  • Drafting and negotiating all forms of commercial lease documentation
  • Non-disturbance agreements
  • Property management agreements
  • Lease enforcement
  • Day to day leasing advice


DISPUTE RESOLUTION

While our focus is on the transactional side of real estate, we have a large group of litigators who step in when contentious issues arise. Our goal is early resolution and the protection of our clients’ property assets, reputation, and ongoing business relationships. The knowledge we have gained from dealing with a broad spectrum of disputes assists us in identifying and executing the best strategy to achieve our clients’ goals – whether pursuing or defending litigation or through alternate dispute resolution methods such as arbitration, mediation or negotiation.

  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Development disputes
  • Receiverships and property management issues
  • Loan and security enforcement
  • financing issues relating to commercial projects
  • Title disputes including easements, liens and ownership priorities
  • Negligence
  • Rent Reviews
  • Tenant Guarantees
  • Risk management strategies

25 Lawyers Recognized as Leaders in their field by Benchmark Canada® 2022

Benchmark Canada® 2022

24 Harper Grey lawyers recognized for litigation expertise by Benchmark Canada®, 2021

Benchmark Canada®

Harper Grey receives highest firm ranking as a “Highly Recommended” local litigation law firm in British Columbia from Benchmark Canada® 2014-2021

Benchmark Canada®

29 Harper Grey lawyers recognized across 19 specialty areas by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2020

Best Lawyers® in Canada

19 Harper Grey lawyers recognized as “Leading Practitioners” by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®

Harper Grey recognized as a "Leading Law Firm" regionally in the area of Dispute Resolution by Chambers Canada®, 2017-2020

Chambers Canada®

Martindale Hubbell® recognizes 13 Harper Grey lawyers across 27 practice areas

Martindale Hubbell®

Harper Grey receives the TAGLaw Membership Award of Distinction acknowledging 15 years of outstanding service

TAGLaw

Harper Grey recognized as a Top 10 Regional Firm in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2012 and 2014

Canadian Lawyer Magazine

“Harper Grey has a 100-year-old profile in this market,” testifies one senior-level peer, adding, “but the talent there now is mostly all younger than me!”

Benchmark Canada® 2022

“They were amazing to work with! They were incredibly competent and resolution based. They kept me centered in the midst of the storm and got me a great result in very short time frame.”

Benchmark Canada® 2022

"The Harper Grey team is a well-oiled machine. All the lawyers I deal with are well-trained and hardworking. They communicate well and are always available for questions."

Benchmark Canada® 2020

“Incredibly strong skill set, knowledge of litigation and strategic, and keen ability to solve problems.”

Benchmark Canada® 2020

“These lawyers are all subject matter experts, and leader in their field, whose knowledge and skill are matched by their excellent client service.”

Benchmark Canada® 2019

“This team has provided outstanding legal service. They are prompt, responsive, and communicative. They are strong strategists and provide well researched, experienced legal advice. We work with many firms, and Harper Grey stands out. One member of the team remembers every interaction, memo, pleading and document. They understand a very complicated file and address it with ease and candor. We very much appreciate their strong advocacy.”

Benchmark Canada® 2019

“The firm is top notch. They have many lawyers specialized in medical defense work who are highly skilled in their legal acumen and practice management, but who also recognize the importance of carrying out their work in a practical, results-oriented manner. They actively look for ways to more efficiently partner with their clients for effective management of the work, while at the same time not weakening their excellent service delivery, their responsiveness, or their effectiveness in the work.”

Benchmark Canada® 2019

“The firm’s lawyers are principled and have deep integrity. Their work is thorough and of consistent high quality.”

Benchmark Canada® 2019

“Excellent response time, good talent from junior and intermediate to senior levels and reasonable service costs.”

Benchmark Canada® 2018

“A lawyer who refers work to Harper Grey wrote it has ‘great service, a breadth of practice and I have never received a negative comment from referrals to the firm’.”

2014 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Stronger than Ever - Top Western & Northern Firms, September 1, 2014

“A Vancouver staple, Harper Grey is perhaps the most BC-centric of the “highly recommended” firms, owing largely to the firm’s bench strength in several key areas.”

Benchmark Canada® 2018

“Bryan Baynham has a strong presence and remains active and upbeat. I always seem to have something going with him, confirms one peer.”

Benchmark Canada® 2016

“They exceeded all my expectations. I am very satisfied with their work and very happy to recommend them.”

Chambers Canada® 2017

“Recognition remains vibrant for firm figurehead Bryan Baynham. ‘Bryan has a strong presence and remains active and upbeat. I always seem to have something going with him,’ confirms one peer.”

Benchmark Canada® 2016

“Peers vouch for Bryan Baynham’s acumen, addressing him as “a worthy opponent, good on his feet, very skilled and seasoned.”

Benchmark Canada® 2012

“Harper Grey lawyers are ‘dedicated to their clients and focused on finding and implementing practical solutions for them. The lawyers are prompt, intelligent and insightful, and provide a high level of customer service’.”

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012

“Every day it seems like I am dealing with someone at Harper Grey, and I always find them professional, courteous and effective.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Harper Grey has niches, and in those niches they are the best of the best.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Harper Grey is one of the best firms in Vancouver. They have excellent service, knowledge and their cost structure is excellent.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Harper Grey has a stellar pedigree as a litigation firm, and they’ve put a ton of people on the bench, observes one peer.”

Benchmark Canada® 2014

“Clients are comforted by the firm’s long history in British Columbia. We’re steeped in the region. Our connection is such that we have knowledge of not only the issue itself, but the history of the issue in the province.” - Richard Bereti

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012

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