Steve has a general solicitor’s practice, advising clients on commercial and corporate matters, wills and estates, and real estate (including residential, commercial, and development properties). Steve maintains a particular focus on commercial leasing including the pre-leasing of new retail projects. He also regularly acts for lenders in commercial lending transactions and assists non-profit organizations with their own transactions and bylaw reviews.
Lending & Financing
Steve has acted for both borrowers and lenders in a multitude of lending transactions, including transactions involving business and real estate acquisitions and refinancing, and including acting for both institutional and private lenders.
Steve acts for business owners of all types assisting with an array of issues they face. Incorporating companies, negotiating and drafting joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, and co-owner agreements, assisting with buying and selling companies and businesses, mergers, and corporate reorganizations are all commonplace in his practice.
Steve assists clients with all aspects relating to real estate, including home purchases, commercial land purchases, subdivisions of all types (including the creation of strata projects), easements and rights of way. Steve also often acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial lease situations and is experienced in drafting and negotiating retail, office, and industrial leases.
Wills, Estates and Incapacity Planning
Steve regularly assists clients with estate planning, preparing Wills, and preparing for their potential incapacity. In doing so Steve often collaborates with clients’ tax advisors to minimize the impact of taxation on their estate, and implements the use of tools such as trusts to achieve the client’s objectives, financial and otherwise.
Education and Interests
- Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2006.
- University of British Columbia Bachelor of Law in 2005.
- University of Victoria Bachelor of Commerce in 2000.
Professional and Civic Interests
- Director of the Community Foundation of North Okanagan
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
“We have been working with Steve for a number of years on fairly complex real estate, business and personal matters. His responsiveness and practicality has allowed us to make important business decisions quickly which is an absolute necessity. Steve’s advice has been a critical component for us to build our business.”