Dirk Laudan  


Executive Summary

Dirk Laudan is a partner in our Vancouver office. Dirk practises in the areas of construction and surety law, procurement, media law and defamation, commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, lobbyist registration, real estate litigation, and electoral law. He acts for clients with respect to surety claims and coverage issues, guarantee and indemnity claims, insurance coverage disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability claims and insurance coverage issues, as well as home warranty claims and coverage issues. He also provides advice and assists with media law and defamation, disputes, government relations compliance, employee fraud recovery claims, risk management in construction, procurement matters, procurement / purchasing advice and drafting, and purchase and leasing disputes.

Publications & Presentations

Legal Textbooks

  • Author, Guide to Builders Liens in British Columbia (Carswell, looseleaf)
  • Contributing author, chapter 11 (“Bonds and Subcontractor Direct Insurance”), British Columbia Builders Lien Practice Manual (British Columbia Contributing Legal Education Society, looseleaf)
  • Co-Author, British Columbia Litigator’s Pocket Reference (LexisNexis, 2011, updated annually).

Other publications and presentations

  • Author, "What is the holdback anyway?," On-Site Magazine, December 2017.
  • Author, "Your Insurer's Duty to Defend You in Court," On-Site Magazine, April 2017.
  • Author, "When the Owner Makes You Late - The "Prevention Principle" in Construction Contracts," Construction Business, August 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Substantial Compliance Can Be Pretty strict: Complying with Terms of Tender," On-Site Magazine, June 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Is There an L&M Bond? Maybe You Should Ask...," On-Site Magazine, April 2016.
  • Co-Author, "The BC Builders Lien Act: Releasing the holdback," On-Site Magazine, December 2015.
  • Co-Author, "B.C.'s Building Act moves towards province-wide requirements," Journal of Commerce, June 2015.
  • Presenter/Panelist, “Maximizing Recoveries from Troubled Construction Projects – a business solution” (presentation to BUILDEX Vancouver) (panel) February 19, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Time at Large in Canada,” Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2011.
  • Author/Presenter, “No more ‘wait and see’: Contribution and Indemnity issues in limitations,” New BC Limitation Act (B.C. Continuing Legal Education Society course paper and presentation) May 6, 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Rejection of ‘Time on Risk’ for Allocation of Defence Costs,” BLG’s Canadian Insurance Law Newsletter, Fall 2012.
  • Co-Author, “Liability Coverage for Construction Contractors,” Construction Business, November 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Commercial General Liability Insurance Coverage Clarified,” Lexology, November 2010.
  • Author/Presenter, “Discovery and Inspection of Documents Under the New Supreme Court Civil Rules,” Lorman Education Services, March 2010.
  • Author/Presenter, “See You in Court: Disputes, Securities and Home Warranties,” Lorman Education Services, November 2008.
  • Author/Presenter, “Construction Securities and Bonding,” Pacific Business and Law Institute, February 2008.
  • Author/Presenter, “Construction Contracting for Public Entities in British Columbia,” Lorman Education Services, February 2008.
  • Author/Presenter, "Allocation of Liability Through Bonds and Insurance Policies," Construction Risk Management 2007 – York Communications, April 2007.
  • Author, "Leaky Buildings and Toxic Mould," The Canadian Law Newsletter, American Bar Association (Committee on Canadian Law), Winter 2004.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2016) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM