We at Ratcliff have the pleasure to announce that Maegen Giltrow, a partner and integral member of the Ratcliff team, has been appointed a Queen’s Counsel. This honour is bestowed on the recommendation of the Attorney General of British Columbia in recognition of exceptional merit and contribution to the legal community.
It’s been a year of significant achievements for Ratcliff’s clients – in and outside of court. On Friday, December 10, 2021, Ratcliff will be hosting a free webinar to review important developments in the law in 2021. Ratcliff’s longstanding work with Indigenous clients continued in 2021 with decisions in key court cases, First Nations business development advances, progress in Specific Claims, and more.
The Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) came into force in B.C. effective November 30, 2020, This legislation will impact almost everyone who acquires or currently holds an interest in land through a corporation, partnership, or trust (including a bare trust).
The LOTA imposes disclosure obligations that impact anyone who already holds an interest in land as of November 30, 2020, or who acquires an interest in land after November 30, 2020.
If you currently hold a registered interest in land in British Columbia through a corporation or society, as a trustee (including through a bare trustee), or through a partnership, you may be required to file LOTA disclosures before November 30, 2021.
The federal government failed to share information, imposed unrealistic deadlines and refused to consider changes proposed by First Nations that would be affected by the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project, lawyers for B.C. First Nations challenging the project’s approval told a three-judge panel in Vancouver.
In a decision issued January 30, BC Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent granted the Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations permission to amend their court claim to seek declaratory relief should they prove their allegations against Rio Tinto Alcan.
On January 15, 2019, Chief Justice Veale of the Yukon Supreme Court declared that Canada has a legal obligation to negotiate a self-government Financial Transfer Agreement with Teslin Tlingit Council pursuant to their Final Agreement and sections 16.1 and 16.3 of the Self-Government Agreement.
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