David C. S. Longcroft  


Executive Summary

David Longcroft is the National Practice Group Leader of the firm's Commercial Real Estate Group and is based in our Vancouver office.

David focuses his practice on commercial real estate, and is recognized as one of the best lawyers in Canada for real estate law and property development by the foremost legal rankings directories.

David's wide range of clients includes national and local developers, publicly listed real estate companies, institutional investors, securities underwriters and mining, forestry and railway companies. He has developed considerable expertise in specialized areas of real estate law, including the development of mixed-use projects and associated air space parcel subdivisions.

Representative Work

  • Acts for developers of residential, retail and office development projects, from assembly and acquisition of land, through the development and subdivision approval process, lease-up and sale.
  • Acts for institutional real estate investment entities such as insurance companies, pension funds and REITs in connection with the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of retail, office and industrial properties.
  • Acts for hotel owners in connection with the purchase, sale, refinancing and development of hotel and resort properties.
  • Acts for mezzanine lenders, including financings of hotel and resort projects.
  • Acts for landlords of large apartment building portfolios in connection with the sale and purchase, redevelopment and financing of their buildings.
  • Acts for short-line railway companies in connection with the acquisition and operation of provincial short-lines.
  • Acted for underwriters and lenders to a hotel REIT in carrying out due diligence and simultaneous closing of 15 hotels across Canada.
  • Acted for the lead proponent of a medical building REIT in negotiating the purchase of a portfolio of buildings in Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia.

Publications & Presentations

  • David has as authored a number of papers for BLG client seminars and Continuing Legal Education seminars on BC condominium and new home warranty legislation, builders' lien legislation, the use of bare trust structures, boundary disputes, resort developments and air space parcel subdivisions.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2009) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2019) of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Hospitality).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2016) editions of the Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: British Columbia).
  • Recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 edition of the Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Nationwide - Canada).
  • Recommended in the 2017 and 2016 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (Real Estate).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2007) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Development).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.