Pratchett Law Services

Contracts

Assists with contract negotiations, review and drafting, interpretation and application of contract provisions

Disputes

Provides advice on most construction disputes and their resolution

Day to Day Issues

Provides advice on the many construction law issues that arise daily

Support

Acts as a resource to other lawyers who wish to periodically complement their team or who may not have the required depth of experience in construction matters

Mediator

Acts as a mediator to assist represented parties to resolve disputes

In-House Training

Works with companies to create and deliver customized in-house training on legal topics

Guiding Principals

“My mentors gave me the following tools as
guides to my practice and I happily pass them along.”

Know the Business: To provide effective legal advice, a lawyer must be more than simply technically competent. As a lawyer, you must know and understand the client’s business, its business operations and objectives. Lawyers giving advice in construction law should know the intricacies of the industry, the players and the prevailing dynamics. You must also keep current in your legal knowledge, it is equally important to take training in construction and engineering, and understand the issues impacting the industry.

Be Passionate: Being enthusiastic about the subject matter and your clients will ensure that you enjoy your career and that you will work to be to the best that you can be.

Be Solution-Oriented: Clients want solutions. Clients do not want to know why something cannot be done; they want to know how it gets done. When you are engaged, identify the problem, devise a solution, develop a strategy and set the goals. Be prepared to re-evaluate, revise and re-commence, always with the objective of finding a solution that achieves the client’s requirements.

Marina Pratchett, QC

Experience

35 years of impressive industry experience

Knowledgeable

Immensely knowledgeable about construction law

Capable

Capable litigator and mediator

Solutions

Solutions driven professional

Experience & Qualifications

For more than 35 years, my practice has focused on construction and engineering law; I have:

  • Acted for various industry participants including major public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties and insurers
  • Worked on a wide range of projects including industrial, civil, infrastructure, transportation, energy (wind power, organic waste and hydro power), forestry, mining and multi-unit residential construction
  • Worked on various procurement options including design-bid-build, design-build, construction management, public-private partnerships, engineer-procure-construct, build-own-operate-transfer and integrated project delivery
  • Addressed all manner of issues such as tendering, proposals, contract negotiations, contract drafting, liens, disputes, claims including delay and impact claims, product liability, insurance and bonding issues, insolvencies and professional liability

Industry Involvement

Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)

  • Life member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)
  • Former long-term Member of the Board
  • Former Chair

Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers

  • Founding Fellow
  • Former Member of the Board
  • Former Chair

BC Construction
Roundtable

  • Member of the Board
  • Former Chair

Education

Harvard Law School

Program of Instruction for Lawyers | Mediation

York University

Osgoode Hall Law School | LL. M.

University of British Columbia

School of Law | LL. B.

University of Toronto

Bachelor of Arts | BA

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