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An Alberta Response to the Rise in Vexatious and Abusive Litigation

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Civil Practice Note No. 7 – Vexatious Application/Proceeding Show Cause Procedure (General Powers to Stay or Dismiss a Frivolous, Vexatious, or Abusive Application or Proceeding) The number of self-represented litigants (“SRLs”) is on the rise in Canada. Data collected by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project in 2017 indicates that approximately 70% of SRLs are plaintiffs […]

February 28, 2019

Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

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Many congratulations to our founder, Lorne Scott Q.C., as he celebrates 50 years at the Alberta Bar.

February 27, 2019

Keeping ‘Contact’ – Legal Options for Relatives Cut Off from Minor Children

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Conflicts between parents over custody and parenting time are a well-known and common consequence of separation and divorce. But what legal options do grandparents and other family members have when they find themselves cut off from their minor relatives? In Alberta, grandparents and other relatives do not have any guaranteed rights to see a child. […]

February 12, 2019

Claim Against Expert Witness Dismissed

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Judd Blitt was recently successful in having a claim against a real estate appraiser summarily dismissed. In Kamal Holdings & Ventures Inc v First Calgary Financial Credit Union Ltd, the court ruled that a professional appraiser retained by a lender as part of a foreclosure process did not owe a duty of care to the […]

January 22, 2019

Ashley Reid Joins Partnership

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We are very pleased to announce that Ashley Reid joined the Partnership of SVR Lawyers on January 1, 2019. Ashley has spent her career as a litigator focusing on insurance related disputes. She joined SVR Lawyers in 2014 and has built a successful practice advising insurers on professional negligence, professional disciplinary, aviation and defending personal […]

January 14, 2019

Phase II Changes to the Condominium Property Act

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On December 14, 2018, substantial changes were announced for Alberta’s Condominium Property Act and Condominium Property Regulation. The changes will come into effect July 1, 2019 and Jan 1, 2020. Some highlights of the new laws are: Transparency and Record Keeping: The Corporation has to keep more documents for specified periods and any Owner can […]

January 02, 2019

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