Number 404, February 2007
New era for Legally Speaking
After penning his final issue of his illustrious 26-year tenure as author of Legally Speaking last month, Gerry Neely has passed the torch to four renowned BC lawyers, who will share the authorship duties, beginning in March.
Please send questions, comments and suggestions for the new authors of Legally Speaking to [email protected].
Mike Mangan is an experienced trial lawyer, author and teacher. He’s the principal author of several cpe courses, including the popular annual Legal Update.
Mike was the first Practice Standards Advisor for the Law Society of BC. He has helped design programs on how to avoid claims and presented them to lawyers, notaries and REALTORS®. His extensive legal experience includes real estate litigation and professional liability law. In addition to his law practice, Mike is a professor at UBC’s Faculty of Law and the Real Estate Division of UBC’s Sauder School of Business.
Mike is the author of the best-selling book The Condominium Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to the Strata Property Act, now in its second edition with the third edition expected this year.
Brian Taylor is a partner with Bull, Housser & Tupper and has practiced in the areas of administrative, local government and real estate law since 1984.
Brian has acted for the real estate profession since 1986. He was instrumental in the creation of the assumed buyer agency model of representation currently practiced in BC and throughout Canada, and is a frequent advisor to the profession on the roles and responsibilities of brokerages and licensees.
He drafted the standard forms currently used by the profession andhas been a member of BCREA’s Standard Forms Committee for more than 15 years. Brian created the Professional Development Program’s required course, What Brokerages and REALTORS® Need to Know About Agency, and is a frequent instructor and lecturer to the profession.
Ed Wilson, a partner with Lawson Lundell LLP, practices real estate law and acts for developers and investors in industrial, commercial and residential projects. Ed has been named as a Leading Practitioner in Real Estate Development by Lexpert Magazine.
In addition to assisting BCREA and the provincial government in drafting legislation, including the Real Estate Services Act and the Strata Property Act, Ed has been the Canadian Bar Association representative on BCREA’s Standard Forms Committee for the past ten years and was the principal drafter of the Assignment of Contract of Purchase and Sale.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Jennifer graduated with a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1986.
Upon being called to the bar in 1987, Jennifer worked in private practice in Vancouver, specializing in professional negligence defence actions. In 1991, Jennifer joined the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation as a staff lawyer, where she has defended real estate professionals in hundreds of real estate actions. Jennifer chose to follow her family roots in devoting her practice to real estate litigation, her father Hugh Clee having been active in the real estate profession for several decades.