Scott R. Harcus
Scott Harcus, Partner, is a member of the firm’s Construction + Engineering, Insurance and Environmental Practices. Scott’s practice is focused on dispute resolution which includes mediations, arbitration, regulatory hearings and trials. Scott also assists those in the insurance and construction industries with drafting contracts and policy wording.
Construction + Engineering:
- Representing contractors, material suppliers, engineers, architects, owners, developers, insurance companies, and warranty providers in litigation involving builder’s lien claims, breach of trust claims, deficiency claims, delay claims, and breach of contract and negligence claims.
- Drafting contracts and providing advice with respect to contracts for owners, engineers, contractors, and material suppliers on construction projects.
- Defending insureds in complex civil litigation matters including bodily injury and property damage claims. Scott has extensive experience representing liquor serving establishments in commercial host liability claims and defending occupiers liability claims.
- Acting as coverage counsel providing coverage advice to insurance companies and defending coverage actions on behalf of insurers. Scott has extensive experience providing opinions on commercial general liability insurance, wrap-up insurance, builders risk policies, and environmental insurance.
- Handling claims commenced pursuant to the Environmental Management Act with respect to contaminated sites.
- Acting as counsel before the Environmental Appeal Board relating to various regulatory matters including contaminate sites and permitting issues.
- Representing a large oil and gas company in matters before the Environmental Appeal Board and Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Professional + Community Affiliations
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member
- BC CBA Insurance Section Executive, Chair
- Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia, Director
- 2010 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
- 2009 J.D. University of British Columbia
- 2006 B.A. Simon Fraser University
Publications + Presentations
- May 2017, “Small Mistakes, Big Consequences”, Construction Business Magazine, Author
- January 2017, “Regulatory Update: Carbon Tax, Contaminated Site Regulations and Spill Response” EMA of BC, Speaker
- November 2016, “Limits of relief from forfeiture: Court of Appeal for BC denies insured pre-tender defence costs”, Insurance People magazine, Co-author
- October 2016, “Insolvencies in the Construction Industry”, Insolvency Discussion Group, Speaker
- June, 2015, ‘Living Vicariously’, Canadian Underwriter magazine, Co-author
- January 2015, Environmental Managers Association of B.C. Annual Legal and Regulatory Update session, Speaker
- October 2013, ‘Host Liability’s Legacy – Raising a Glass to the 40th Anniversary of Commercial Host Liability’, Claims Canada magazine, Co-author
- August 2013, ‘Disclosure in multi-party litigation’, Construction Business magazine, co-author
- Instructor, Law and Tenant Relations at Vancouver Community College
- Guest Lecturer, Law Society of BC, Professional Legal Training Course, Collections
On A Personal Note
In his spare time, Scott enjoys golfing, squash, downhill skiing and running the seawall.