Christopher E. Hirst*

Partner

Chris Hirst is the leader of the firm’s Construction + Engineering Practice and chairs the firm’s Client Service Program. He is also a member of the firm’s Environmental, Insurance and Maritime Practices.

His practice is focused on assisting construction industry clients in the management of procurement issues, the negotiation and drafting of contracts, and the resolution of builders’ liens and other construction based litigation. Chris also provides environmental advice to clients including a major Canadian oil company as well as defending professionals in a broad range of error and omission claims.

Chris is a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues of interest to the construction and business communities. He is the co-author of the “Annotated Builders Lien Act, 2007 – 2008” (3rd ed) published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and a contributing author to the “Builders Lien Practice Manual” also published by the CLEBC.

Legal Industry Recognition

Chris has been recognized by The Canadian Lexpert Directory in 2015-2017 as a leading Canadian practitioner in the field of Construction Law.
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Representative Experience

  • Counsel for a major Pacific Northwest forestry company on a $100 million mill upgrade
  • Counsel for a general contractor in a $300 million hotel and residence project in downtown Vancouver
  • Counsel for a provincial health authority in relation to various development projects
  • Counsel for the developer of a luxury $60 million high rise development in Yaletown
  • Counsel for a syndicate of gas companies in a subrogated action arising from the failure of a major gas pipeline crossing the Peace River
  • Geotechnical claims with respect to shoring designs, swelling clays, collapsing silts, earth filled dams, retaining walls, earth retention systems, and foundation performance
  • Mechanical claims with respect to geothermal systems, sprinkler deficiencies, potable water systems, and HVAC performance
  • Structural claims with respect to post tensioning, seismic deficiencies, bridges, creep deflection, and failed slabs
  • Environmental claims with respect to the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites

Professional + Community Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • CBA – Construction Law Subsection, Member
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), Member
  • Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia (ECABC), Member
  • British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), Member

Education

  • 1996 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1995 LL.B. University of Alberta
  • 1990 B.A. University of British Columbia

Publications + Presentations

Recent conference presentations include:

  • February 9, 2012, “Builders Liens – The Fundamentals”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • February 24, 2011, “Tendering Law After Tercon”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • March 22, 2011, “Tendering Law After Tercon”, Buildex Edmonton, Speaker
  • November 4, 2010, “Procurement Fundamentals & Solutions”, Buildex Calgary, Speaker
  • April 21, 2010, “Understanding Builders Liens”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • March 2009, “Tendering Fundamentals”, CLEBC, Speaker
  • February 2009,“Understanding Construction Claims”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • November 2008, “Construction Documents: Not the Same Old Thing!”, Lorman Education Seminars, Speaker
  • September 2008, “Procurement Fundamentals”, Glazing Contractors Association of BC, Speaker
  • February 2008, “Procurement Fundamentals and Solutions, Does One Size Fit All?”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • February 2007, “The Law of Tendering in 2007”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • February 2006, “Construction Law Update for Architects, Builders, Contractors and Engineers”, Buildex Vancouver, Speaker
  • November 2005, Construct Alberta, Speaker
  • February 2005, “Rule 18A Update 2005”, CLEBC, Speaker

Chris has published over 100 articles on construction law. Recent articles include:

  • January 8 – 14, 2013, “Five paths that lead to possible LEEDigation”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • October 9 – 15, 2012, “Strategies mitigate risks”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • July 10 – 16, 2012, “British Columbia introduces Bill 34 (New Limitation Act)”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 10-16, 2012, “Understanding Builders Liens”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • February 6, 2012, “Why 45 days are important in the Builders Lien Act”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • January 10-16, 2012, “Contracts: 10 Things to Keep in Mind”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • November 30, 2011, “Looking at lien rights and land improvements”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • November 9, 2011, “Quotes in a bid can carry legal obligations”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • October 10, 2011, “Admiral Roofing decision”, VRCA, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • July 12, 2011, “Construction Disputes”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 12-18, 2011, “Construction Claims”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • February 21, 2011, “A primer on tendering law in Canada after Tercon”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • February 2, 2011, “Limiting corporate liability”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • January 24, 2011, “Make sure you get a lien certificate of completion right”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • January 11-17, 2011, “Supreme Court ruling on insurance protection impacts both builders and customers”, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • December 1, 2010, “Supreme Court Rules on Commercial General Liability”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • October 12-18, 2010, “Geotechnical soil settlement issues”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • July 13-19, 2010, “Project Tips”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 20-26, 2010, “Supreme Court Decision: Tercon v. MoTH”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 19, 2010, “10 Things Contractors Should Know About Trusts”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • January 12-18, 2010, “What is the future for law of tender in Canada”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • October 13-19, 2009, “How do you get a Builders Lien removed”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • June 25, 2009, “Legal Reinforcement: Insurer victorious in latest liability coverage battle”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • May 4, 2009, “Legal Reinforcement: Proving damages can be difficult”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • July 21-27, 2009, “Is it time to Rethink Risk-allocation Model”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 21-27, 2009, “Exclusion Clauses & Tendering Authorities”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • February 9, 2009, “Legal Reinforcement: Understanding the construction claims process”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • January 13-19, 2009, “Bonds are back – what is a personal indemnity?”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • December 8, 2008, “Point Counter Point: Determining the price of the work”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • October 20, 2008, “Point Counter Point: A good guide for where not to lien”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • September 30 – October 6, 2008, “Is a Request for Proposal (RFP) a solution to the legal pitfalls of the tendering process?”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Author
  • August 27, 2008, “Point Counter Point: Warm summer days and legal risk”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • July/August 2008, “The Misunderstood Builders Lien”, Innovation, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 15-21, 2008, “The benefits of Standard form Construction Contracts”, Legal Specs, Business in Vancouver, Co-author Norm Streu
  • April 9, 2008, “Point Counter Point: Understanding payment provisions in CCDC2”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • March 3, 2008, “Point Counter Point: Claims for a change in contract price in CCDC2”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu
  • February 18, 2008, “Point Counter Point: Understanding the Waiver of Claims in CCDC2”, Journal of Commerce, Co-author Norm Streu

On A Personal Note

Away from the office, Chris prefers to be skiing with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is also an avid cycler, a mediocre, albeit enthusiastic, golfer and a crossfit enthusiast.

Direct Line: 604.484.1712
Facsimile: 604.484.9712
chirst@nullahbl.ca
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