The construction industry is complex, often involving multiple stakeholders engaged in many different aspects of any project – managing parties’ expectations and deliverables is both a science and an art. When these interests conflict, arbitration or litigation may be required to resolve disputes and minimize disruptions to ensure the continuation and completion of the project. Our clients’ job is to build and Buck’s role is to provide them with the strategic, practical advice they need to secure the best possible terms and results available.

Buck represents clients from across the construction sector, including corporations, development companies, owners, lenders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, architects, and strata corporations.

Services

Bond Claims Corporate governance disputes
Breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust claims Creditors remedies
Builders’ lien issues General commercial litigation
Commercial lease disputes Injunctions and property preservation orders
Construction delay and deficiency claims Insurance coverage advice
Contaminated sites Negotiating and drafting construction and procurement contracts
Contract disputes Real estate disputes
Corporate disputes Shareholder and director disputes

From the outset, Buck takes a consultative approach with clients to understand the issues, identify the legal implications, and discuss what a successful outcome looks like to them. Buck supports clients not only by providing legal advice and representation but also by adding value by acting as an educational resource on this key part of the legal system.

Having worked in construction himself and as a former teacher, Buck is highly skilled at translating and demystifying complicated legal concepts and jargon into plain English. In providing this legal context, he is then able to present and walk clients through several strategies, explaining the opportunities and challenges of each, and advise on the best way to proceed based on their goals.

An inquisitive mind, analytical nature, and pragmatic approach are all hallmarks of Buck’s practice and have been honed throughout his career. Prior to joining private practice, Buck’s professional experience includes criminal investigation work through the BC Securities Commission as well as his work as a crown prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice. Both of these roles made extensive use of Buck’s legal research capabilities, financial analysis and tracing skills, ability to prepare and interview witnesses, detail-orientated and investigative approach to preparing reports and submissions, as well as his savvy in crafting and presenting persuasive arguments to be presented in trials and hearings.

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  • Successfully represented a strata corporation at mediation to obtain settlement funds in complex multi-party construction disputes involving issues such as HVAC and mechanical systems, building envelopes, plumbing, and 2-5-10 home warranties
  • Successfully represented an individual and multiple businesses in defending and resolving complex corporate disputes out of court
  • Drafted contract terms for owners, consultants, and contractors, including construction management contracts, CCDC-2 contracts, air space parcel agreements, and strata governance documents
Industry Involvement
  • Law Society of British Columbia, member
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2016
  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of Victoria, 2015
  • Secondary School Teaching Certification in Mathematics, University of Victoria, 2009
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Victoria, 2006