Denny’s practice focuses on complex aerospace and aviation, infrastructure and construction, and insurance risk management disputes. Denny has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, various administrative tribunals, and in commercial arbitrations. He represents clients in multi-party mediations, applications for final relief in summary judgment or summary trials, trials, appeals, and commercial arbitrations. His experience includes matters involving multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, and disputes involving amounts in excess of $50 million. Denny is recognized in Best Lawyers’ Ones To Watch 2022 to 2024.
In construction matters, Denny acts in complex construction disputes for clients throughout the construction pyramid, including lenders, developers, owners, consultants, and contractors. Denny has represented clients in disputes over delay, cost overruns, builders’ liens, bonding disputes, and other realization matters relating to force majeure, market price escalation, changed site conditions, scope of work changes, and owner interference. Denny also works with clients on matters involving biomass plants, universities, hospitals, commercial and residential developments, P3 projects, hydroelectric infrastructures and mega-dams, and other infrastructure assets. He has worked on multiple of the top 100 largest construction projects in Canada, including the largest dam in Canadian history. Denny has experience with receiverships and insolvencies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act in relation to construction projects and disputes. Denny has also assisted owners and developers to enforce insurance coverage in connection with infrastructure projects when issues of design and construction arise.
Additionally, Denny provides contract advice — he reviews, drafts, and negotiates standard form and non-standardized construction contracts for owners, developers, and contractors.
In matters of insurance risk management and aviation, Denny has acted for international insurers and policyholders focusing on professional liability, directors and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, product liability, nationwide class action, and mass tort litigation involving claims under the Competition Act and Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act. He has acted for policy holders directly in enforcing insurance coverage in respect of course-of-construction policies and specialized London-Engineering-Group (LEG3) endorsements. Denny has successfully prosecuted claims for a Canadian airline in relation to breaches of aircraft charter agreements. Denny also represents aviation stakeholders in arbitrations of contractual disputes, including under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Denny is particularly experienced with the intricacies and strategies in defending professionals including architects and engineers. In respect to class action defence, his focus is to win early — the goal being to defeat putative class actions at the outset either at class certification or on applications to dismiss. If settlement makes the best business sense, he will secure the most favourable settlement and defeat vigorous objectors.
Successful motion on arbitral jurisdiction
- Successful on motion to enforce arbitration agreements in flow-down provisions of various subcontracts in arbitration of claims exceeding CAD$44 million.
Arbitration of contractual dispute relating to aviation services
- Arbitration of contractual dispute for aviation services provider under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Prosecution of breach of airline charter agreement
- Counsel for a Canadian airline in a successful prosecution of contract and tort claims in respect of an aircraft charter agreement.
|Construction disputes and litigation, including performance bonds, labour & material payment 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|
|Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Projects)||Construction contract advice, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contract terms|
When a dispute arises and litigation is the only way forward, businesses need to establish a clear strategic path that addresses both their immediate dispute and overall business goal. Denny has a dual ability to dissect and master the facts while keeping sight of the big picture — the goal is to solve the client’s immediate issue in such a way that preserves or enhances their overall business objectives. When working with his clients, Denny believes an ongoing 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.
Denny’s primary focus is risk management — whether that means trial or negotiating a settlement. At the outset, he develops a proactive plan to tackle the problem going forward in the most effective and economical way. In any case, in collaboration with the client, Denny will develop and master the evidence to marshal the client’s best case with a view to succeeding at trial at first instance. However, he appreciates there are times when the best result may mean a negotiated settlement and proceeding to trial is not in the client’s best interest. At such times he will fight to secure the most favourable settlement that would otherwise not be available.
In all cases, Denny brings ambition, adaptability, and an unstoppable work ethic. He is incredibly detail-orientated. He takes the necessary time to fully understand all of the key details of a dispute, as well as the motivations of each stakeholder in order to tailor his approach to meet his clients’ goals. He is highly perceptive, versatile, and fiercely loyal to his clients — Denny is committed to exhausting all efforts to help his clients make the best-informed decisions for their immediate and long-term goals.
Awards & Distinctions
- Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch, Insurance Law, 2022-2024