Kerry Austin  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Kerry Austin is a senior associate in our Commercial Real Estate Group in our Vancouver office. Kerry has a range of experience in real property matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, real estate development and lending.

Before joining BLG as an articling student, Kerry worked as the special events coordinator and capital campaign assistant for VanDusen Botanical Garden, and founded and managed KLB Consulting, an event consulting business. Kerry was a Judicial Intern at the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 2012.

Representative Work

  • Acting for developers of mixed-use projects with airspace parcel subdivisions, multi-family and townhouse developments, and phased strata property developments, including golf and marina-based resort developments.
  • Advising clients on Strata Property Act and Real Estate Development Marketing Act issues, including drafting disclosure statements and other matters relating to the marketing and sale of development property.
  • Acting on the purchase and sale of commercial, industrial and residential properties, including drafting agreements, conducting due diligence, obtaining acquisition financing and closing such transactions.
  • Assisting clients with the disposition and acquisition of Crown land tenures and other regulatory matters.
  • Advising landlords and tenants with respect to major commercial leases and subleases, including shopping centre leases and industrial buildings
  • Acting in multiple acquisitions of properties across Canada, including transaction involving First nations' lands, to create portfolios for real estate investment trusts.
  • Acting for short-line railway company in connection with the drafting and settling of agreements, including negotiations with local government and authorities.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “The Purchase Contract” chapter, BC Real Estate Practice Manual, CLE BC, 2015