Today marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Hirji Law Corporation. It was an interesting, challenging, and rewarding year. I had the great fortune to work with excellent clients on interesting files.
Every year, BC Assessment prepares an “Assessment Roll” as of December 31, and mails out assessment notices early in the calendar year. If you own property in BC, chances are you’ve already received your Property Assessment Notice for 2015. Chances are also pretty good that your property’s assessed is higher this year than it was last year.
In June, I found myself in Court in Kamloops, arguing in response to a Judicial Review Petition involving a 2013 order of the Surface Rights Board. Last week, the B.C. Supreme Court decided in favour of my client, New Nadina Explorations Limited.
I will be in Kamloops on November 13, 2014 to give not one, but two talks at the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. The first will be part of a first-year Property Law lecture on surface rights and mineral tenures, and the second will be a more general discussion about the “Business of Law.” TRU has built a great law school and I am grateful to be invited to speak to the students and faculty about the kinds of cases that I handle, and the way that I have set up my new law office.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Jeff Frame and I gave a talk at the BC Expropriation Association’s annual conference, on the (hot?) topic of positive covenants. The paper discusses the (well established) legal principles that apply to restrictive covenants, then considers whether positive obligations can be “expropriated” from a landowner by an expropriating authority.
You can download the paper by clicking here.
An article by the Canadian Press (reprinted in yesterday’s Globe and Mail) suggests that while small business activity is lagging the economy as a whole, that may change over the next 5 years – mainly due to the lack of sensitivity that small businesses have to currency fluctuations. The article references a recent report from CIBC World Markets, which you can find by clicking here.
Every year, the B.C. Expropriation Association organizes an informative, 2-day seminar, aimed at professionals who work in the areas of expropriation, land development, water management, and surface rights. This year, the seminar will be held at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver on October 24 and 25.
Welcome to the Hirji Law Corporation Blog – commentary and information about business disputes and the litigation process.
I will be blogging about dispute resolution, negotiation, recent court decisions, and the impact that disputes can have on your business.