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We provide advice and representation to banks, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, receivers, liquidators, and trustees in bankruptcy.

We also help business owners who are facing bankruptcy or who are in disputes with debtors and creditors.

What sets us apart is our proactive approach, providing on-going advice on various legal, reputational, regulatory and operational issues with a view to minimizing risk.

Our lawyers have significant depth of expertise in the areas of banking and insolvency, foreclosures, creditors’ remedies, security enforcement, proceedings with priority disputes, receivership and bankruptcy.

We assist financial institutions with foreclosure and collection, as well as commercial litigation, fraud cases, misrepresentation and estate matters. We have represented banks and other financial institutions in mortgage recovery, business loan security enforcement and insolvency proceedings before all levels of courts in British Columbia.

Banking and creditor disputes require knowledgeable lawyers who apply creative, cost-effective solutions to quickly reduce risk. The faster these situations are dealt with, the more money is recovered.

We have strong and long standing relationships with many of our bank and financial institution clients. Working with clients over many years enables us to develop specific knowledge and expertise about their products and develop efficiencies based on their expectations and corporate goals.

Services

  • Bankruptcy-related services including work with trustees, receivers and creditors.
  • Companies' Creditor Arrangement Act proceedings.
  • Collection of secured and unsecured debt stemming from credit card loan mortgage and other debt.
  • Debt restructuring.
  • Defence of debt and guarantee claims.
  • Foreclosures - commercial and residential.
  • Representation in insolvency proceedings and the recovery of assets from insolvent companies.
  • Lease defaults - property and equipment lease issues and renegotiations.
  • Proposals pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
  • Property-related issues including commercial and residential real estate development receiverships.
  • Advice on tax issues, including statutory liability for unpaid income tax, source deductions, provincial sales tax, goods and services tax and wages.

16 Harper Grey lawyers recognized for litigation expertise by Benchmark Canada®, 2017

Benchmark Canada®

Harper Grey receives highest firm ranking as a “Highly Recommended” local litigation law firm in British Columbia from Benchmark Canada®, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Benchmark Canada®

24 Harper Grey lawyers recognized across 15 specialty areas by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2017

Best Lawyers® in Canada

18 Harper Grey lawyers recognized as “Leading Practitioners” by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®

Harper Grey recognized as a "Leading Law Firm" regionally in the area of Dispute Resolution by Chambers Canada®, 2017

Chambers Canada®

Martindale Hubbell® recognizes 13 Harper Grey lawyers across 27 practice areas

Martindale Hubbell®

Harper Grey receives the TAGLaw Membership Award of Distinction acknowledging 15 years of outstanding service

TAGLaw

Harper Grey recognized as a Top 10 Regional Firm in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2012 and 2014

Canadian Lawyer Magazine

“A lawyer who refers work to Harper Grey wrote it has ‘great service, a breadth of practice and I have never received a negative comment from referrals to the firm’.”

2014 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Stronger than Ever - Top Western & Northern Firms, September 1, 2014

“A Vancouver staple, Harper Grey is perhaps the most BC-centric of the “highly recommended” firms, owing largely to the firm’s bench strength in several key areas.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Harper Grey is one of the best firms in Vancouver. They have excellent service, knowledge and their cost structure is excellent.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Every day it seems like I am dealing with someone at Harper Grey, and I always find them professional, courteous and effective.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“They exceeded all my expectations. I am very satisfied with their work and very happy to recommend them.”

Chambers Canada® 2017

“Harper has niches, and in those niches they are the best of the best."

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“The firm has real quality people, and they’ve put three people on the bench there in six years.”

Benchmark Canada® 2015

“Harper Grey lawyers are ‘dedicated to their clients and focused on finding and implementing practical solutions for them. The lawyers are prompt, intelligent and insightful, and provide a high level of customer service’.”

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012

“Harper Grey is a trial lawyer’s firm, and they’ve got a big deep bench of well-trained litigators.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Harper Grey has a stellar pedigree as a litigation firm, and they’ve put a ton of people on the bench, observes one peer.”

Benchmark Canada® 2014

“Clients are comforted by the firm’s long history in BC. We’re steeped in the region. Our connection is such that we have knowledge of not only the issue itself, but the history of the issue in the province.” - Richard Bereti

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012

Typical Situations

  • A credit card company needs to find a cost-effective way to outsource debt collection work.
  • A bank has a complicated loan payment dispute with two businesses held by the same owners. Both businesses go bankrupt, leaving their bank to recover the debt.
  • A corporation enters into Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings and it needs to pay creditors and protect itself from litigation.

Select Cases

Notable Cases

  • Represented a debtor company in the BC Court of Appeal after a lower court rejected the debtor’s proposal to creditors. This is a landmark case that confirmed that an appeal of a trustee’s valuation of a claim is a true appeal, and not a trial de novo.
  • Acted in the BC Supreme Court for an insolvent construction company seeking to have its proposal to creditors approved, and to avoid personal liability for its directors and officers. This is a landmark case that determined the types of claims against directors and officers that can be compromised through the proposal process.
  • Acted in the BC Court of Appeal for a personal debtor facing fraudulent conveyance allegations. This case remains a leading authority on the interpretation of s. 38 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Foreclosure

  • Currently acting for major banks, financial institutions and other creditors in foreclosures of commercial and residential properties. Harper Grey has represented banks in this type of work for more than 30 years, applying creative, quick and effective counsel.

Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings

  • Represented creditors in Companies’ Creditor Arrangement Act proceedings with respect to Westar Mining Ltd., Woodward Stores Ltd., 360 Networks Inc., Doman Industries Ltd., Skeena Cellulose Inc., Pope & Talbot Ltd., and Bear Mountain Master Partnership.
  • Currently representing law and other professional firms in CCAA proceedings.

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