Eric C. Little

Eric C. Little  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Eric Little is a senior associate in the Corporate Commercial Group in our Vancouver office. His practice covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on franchising, licensing and distribution and mergers and acquisitions. Eric advises clients across a variety of industries with respect to corporate and commercial matters, including corporate organization and governance, purchase and sale transactions and drafting and negotiating commercial agreements.

In the franchise sector, Eric's practice covers all aspects of Canadian franchise law, including the preparation of franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents, acquisitions and dispositions of franchise systems and single unit franchises, managing relationships with franchisees and enforcing system compliance. Eric works with franchisors of all sizes, from start-ups to national and international companies, and has experience in a broad range of franchise industries, including quick service restaurants, hotels and hospitality, automotive sales and service, health care, early childhood education and commercial services. Eric frequently writes and speaks about issues in franchise law.

Eric also assists clients in the food and beverage industry with a variety of regulatory matters, including liquor licensing and distribution and commercial health and safety issues.

Prior to articling at BLG, Eric was a law clerk to six justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "Legal Digest: British Columbia Court Enforces Termination and Release Agreement, Rejects Defences of Duress, Unconscionability," The Franchise Voice, Spring 2017.
  • Co-Author, "The British Columbia Franchises Act and Franchises Regulation: A Primer," Franchising World, May 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Franchise Law," Annual Review of Law & Practice, CLEBC, March 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Mandatory Disclosure of B.C.'s New Franchises Act in Step with Most Provinces," The Lawyers's Daily, March 15, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Joint Employer Status: What's all the Fuss About?," and "Legal Update for Franchisors," BLG Franchise Law Seminar, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Legal Digest: Whose Business is it Anyway?: Enforcing Non-competition Covenants Against Franchisees and Third Parties," The Franchise Voice, Summer 2016.
  • Co-Author, "British Columbia Becomes the Sixth Province in Canada to Introduce Franchise Legislation," BLG Publication, August 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Franchise Law," Annual Review of Law & Practice, CLEBC, March 2016.
  • Editor, British Columbia Corporation Manual, Carswell, 2015-present.
  • Speaker, "Legal Update for Franchisors," BLG Franchise Law Seminar, 2015.
  • Co-Author, "The Devil is in the Details: Disclosure of Site Specific Information to Prospective Franchisees," The Franchise Voice, Fall 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Legal Matters: Deadline for claims approaching," Journal of Commerce, May 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Arbitration of Franchise Disputes," Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, LexisNexis, February 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Entire agreement clauses: You get what you bargain for," On-Site Magazine, December 2014.
  • Speaker, “Revisiting Specific Performance After Southcott,” BLG U, November 2014.
  • ​​Co-Author, "Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em: The Choice Between Alternative Remedies in a Collapsing Deal,", March 2014.
  • Speaker, "The Most Important Franchise Decisions in 2012/2013," BLG Franchise Law Seminar, May 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Shareholder Activism: Be Prepared and Be Proactive,” Business in Vancouver, March 2013.