Lawyers Practicing

Construction Law

We act as counsel to a wide range of clientele in the field of construction, including ICI, residential and heavy construction sectors, representing contractors, owners, developers and a broad spectrum of subcontractors from major mechanical and electrical contractors to speciality trades. We also provide advice to lenders, insurers, sureties, architects, engineers and construction associations. Our lawyers work with appropriate financial, insurance and engineering advisors to assist our clients throughout the process of bidding, permitting, forecasting, planning and execution of projects on schedule. When necessary, our team can act quickly to take the lead and ensure timely registration of liens, including enforcement of liens or applications to vacate, as well as calling on performance or labour & material payment bonds and advancing breach of trust claims within the statutory time frames. In addition, we provide advice and interpretation of existing agreements and are well versed in construction litigation, including payment enforcement and non-performance issues. We are frequently involved in resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration or other forms of alternative dispute resolution with a view to avoiding costly litigation where possible. Our experience with  electronic discovery of documents and our knowledge of construction law has allowed us to become successfully involved in several long-term, multi-million dollar claims. Regardless of the size of the claim, however, we pride ourselves in providing highly competent litigation services to our diverse clientele.


The law firm of BD Oakes Jardine Kaneski UnRuh LLP acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The firm sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

This land acknowledgment is about being honest and accurate about the Original Peoples of this land as well as other Indigenous communities who lived and continue to live where the firm presently stands. It is an expression of respect and appreciation for these ancestors, and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land. This acknowledgment is offered in the belief that doing so will help us to be mindful lawyers, advocates, and citizens of the community we share with indigenous peoples.

We are committed to learning more about the issues shaping the lives of indigenous peoples, and to cultivate and put into practice skills that will contribute to a decolonized, anti-discriminatory future devoid of prejudice and racism. In expressing and enacting our land acknowledgment, we commit to honouring and supporting movements of self-determination and wellbeing led by indigenous guardians, stewards, and protectors of this land that we share. This responsibility includes engaging with, questioning, and critiquing those practices and structures, within and outside our firm, that perpetuate the status quo as it concerns indigenous lands, waters, and people in Manitoba.  Our land acknowledgment is not fixed but living. It is fluid and open to change as we continue to learn.