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Legally Speaking

Legally Speaking is an essential newsletter, published eight times a year, for all professionals involved in real estate transactions. The following lawyers contribute their legal expertise to Legally Speaking on a range of issues pertinent to the various professionals involved in real estate transactions.


Jennifer A. Clee has worked in private practice in Vancouver, specializing in professional negligence defence actions. In 1991, she 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. She was a Legally Speaking contributor until November of 2016.

Oana Hyatt is a litigator experienced in defending professional negligence actions. In 2016, she joined the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation as a staff lawyer.

Chris Johnston is a litigator with 17 years of experience dealing with property and related disputes. He has been working as a Staff Lawyer at the Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation since 2011 and, in his role, represents REALTORS® accused of professional negligence. He has also written chapters for BCREA’s Legal Update course and regularly edits a Chapter of the BC Real Estate Practice Manual, a publication for lawyers on real estate litigation matters.

Mike Mangan is an experienced trial lawyer, author and teacher and also authored the popular book The Condominium Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to the Strata Property Act.

Gerry Neely was the sole author of Legally Speaking for 26 years, from the first issue of the publication in 1981, until his last column (403) in 2007. Through his years of commitment and dedication to the organization, he became a BCREA Honorary Life Member in 1999. Gerry practiced law in Victoria for 47 years as a solicitor with Pearlman & Lindholm. He retired in 2005.

Brian Taylor is an associate counsel at Norton Rose practicing in the areas of administrative, local government and real estate law. He drafted the standard forms currently used by the real estate profession.

Edward L. Wilson a partner with Lawson Lundell, practices real estate law and acts for developers and investors in industrial, commercial and residential projects. He assisted in the drafting of provincial legislation, including the Real Estate Services Act and the Strata Property Act. He was a Legally Speaking contributor until January of 2011.

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