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Tips & Traps – Partial Payment from the 10% Holdback

By Catriona Otto-Johnston and Rob Watson Setting the lien fund can be a complicated and drawn out process. As a subcontractor lienholder, you may find you are standing idly by for payment while the owner and the GC fight amongst themselves. Can you receive partial payment for your work before the lien fund is finalized? […] Read More

Things Left Unsaid – Determining Price Adjustment resulting from Scope Changes

By Matthew Turzansky and Catriona Otto-Johnston

It’s common for the parties to a construction contract to focus on the price of the work to be performed.  Less attention is often given to the method of calculating changes to the price for alterations to the scope of work.  Uncertainty in this area can lead to a major [...] Read More

“A rose by any other name? Not so!”: The critical role of “improvement” in the Builders’ Lien Act

Contributors: Sharn Mashiana (articling student), Andrew Wilkinson and Catriona Otto-Johnston

Do you know if the nature of your construction work on a project allows you to register a valid builders’ lien? You might be surprised to hear that not all types of work give rise to lien rights. In order for you to register a [...] Read More

Estimates: How Important Are They Really?

Ever found yourself in a situation where you have provided an estimate for your services, but felt uncertain if you underquoted your client? Maybe you didn’t have all the necessary information? Maybe your client requested additional work or changes to the work as the project progressed? Either way, will you be able to collect payment […] Read More

Summary Judgment: Shortcut to Payment?

By Catriona Otto-Johnston and Sheena Campbell

Trial dates are years away. The cost of full-blown litigation is foreboding. You can’t afford to wait years to be paid for your hard work on construction jobs. Are there options to obtain judgment for your claims without the delay and expense of a full trial? Field Law thinks [...] Read More

Mistakes and Builders’ Liens: Fixable or Fatal?

By Catriona Otto-Johnston & Anthony Burden

Builders’ liens are a great tool for the unpaid contractor, subcontractor and supplier. It gives you leverage over a project, even if you’re only owed a small amount. But the simple one-page form is much more complicated than it appears, and what might be seen as a harmless mistake [...] Read More