When a dispute arises and litigation is the only way forward, businesses need to establish a clear legal path to reach their desired end goal. Denny’s dual ability to dissect the minute details while maintaining a big picture view is what helps him solve his clients’ most challenging insurance related problems.

His primary focus is to mitigate the issue at hand, then develop a proactive plan that will remediate the situation going forward in the most effective and economical way.

Work Highlights

Prosecution of lien claim

  • Counsel for trade contractor in claim for unpaid fees and extras, resulting in full payment of lien claims.

Defence of pipeline deficiency claims

  • Counsel for pipeline contractor in defence of claims of claims of construction deficiencies in respect of an oil pipeline.

Defence of geotechnical deficiency claims

  • Counsel for excavation trade contractor in defence of construction deficiencies claims, resulting in favourable settlement and extrication from the action.
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When working with his clients, Denny believes an open and organic dialogue is the best way to achieve success. He ventures to work in partnership with his clients to develop collaborative strategies aligned with their overall business objectives. He has worked extensively with insurance examiners and adjusters, giving him deep insights on how to practically minimize an insurer’s risk.

Services

Construction disputes and litigation, including performance bonds, labour & material bonds, and contract price disputes Builders’ liens
Property claims Delay claims
Bad faith claims Contract disputes
Policy drafting and product development Advancing and defending claims for extras
Insurance coverage advice Construction deficiency claims
Professional indemnity claims Product liability
Aviation litigation Class action defence, mass tort litigation

Denny has appeared before the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia, as well as various administrative tribunals. He has represented clients in multi-party settlement conferences, multi-party mediations, summary judgment and summary trial applications.

Denny’s ambition and adaptability are what set him apart from other lawyers. In litigation, he takes the time to understand the motivations of each stakeholder and tailors his approach to meet his clients’ unique needs. He is highly perceptive, versatile and committed to exhausting all efforts to help his clients make well-informed decisions.

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Prosecution of lien claim
  • Counsel for trade contractor in claim for unpaid fees and extras, resulting in full payment of lien claims.
Defence of pipeline deficiency claims
  • Counsel for pipeline contractor in defence of claims of claims of construction deficiencies in respect of an oil pipeline.
Defence of geotechnical deficiency claims
  • Counsel for excavation trade contractor in defence of construction deficiencies claims, resulting in favourable settlement and extrication from the action.
Defeating petition for injunctive and declaratory relief to restrict marketing of property
  • Resisting petition for injunctive and declaratory relief against a Strata Corporation to restrict the potential marketing and listing for sale of the common assets, common property or lands of the strata plan: Buckerfield v The Owners of Strata Plan VR. 92, 2018 BCSC 839.
Dismissal of action for malicious prosecution
  • Successful in summary dismissal of action against a remanufacturer for claims of malicious prosecution in relation to issues of vicarious liability, and a novel interpretation of the law on malicious prosecution: Degen v British Columbia, 2019 BCSC 2498
Dismissal of action for financial misconduct and overcharges
  • Successful dismissal of action against a Strata Corporation for claims of financial misconduct and overcharge in relation to Strata Property Act and corporate Strata bylaws: Gutmann v. The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 13, 2019 BCCRT 235
Extrication from action for breach of contract and negligent claims-adjusting
  • Successfully extricated independent adjusting company with zero payment from claims of breach of contract and negligent claims-adjusting
Drafting of cannabis policies and practices for commercial host regulator
  • Redrafting of a provincial commercial-host mandatory training program governing commercial-host policies and procedures in respect to responsible service of alcohol, to reflect the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada
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Industry Involvement
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Lawyers’ Inn Society, Board Director, Apr 2018 – June 2020
Education & Call to Bar
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2018
  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of Alberta , 2017
Languages
  • English and Cantonese
Awards & Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch, Insurance Law, 2022