Gregory & Gregory works in the fields of commercial litigation, legal research, and mediation. In addition, Eleanor has experience writing public policy and making submissions to government.

Commercial litigation

Commercial litigation covers virtually all litigation that is not related to family issues, personal injuries, or criminal matters. It includes:

  • Appearing before the British Columbia Court of Appeal--Often times, litigants will benefit from having a fresh set of eyes brought to bear on their appeals either in addition to or in replacement of their counsel at trial. We enjoy being hired to conduct or act as co-counsel.
  • Company litigation of all kinds including:
    • all types of shareholder disputes
    • unfair treatment by directors
    • unfair treatment by other shareholders
    • oppression claims
    • derivative actions
    • just and equitable liquidations (formerly windings up)
    • claims against directors and officers (such as misuse or theft of company assets, embezzlement, theft of corporate opportunities, etc.)
    • employee dishonesty/embezzlement
  • Commercial fraud (white collar crime) — civil claims
  • Partnership disputes
  • Conspiracy claims
  • Contract disputes
  • Business disputes (such as breach of contract, negligence, etc.)
  • Breach of fiduciary duty and trust claims
  • Guarantee claims
  • Lender and borrower litigation e.g. guarantee claims
  • Creditors and debtors
  • Real estate litigation of all kinds such as:
    • vendor and purchaser litigation
    • complex foreclosures
    • commercial landlord/tenant disputes,
    • neighbour disputes,
    • nuisance,
    • trespass,
    • real estate fraud (e.g. fraudulent transfers and mortgages)
    • claims against real estate agents (Realtors ™)
  • Elder abuse claims
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Injunctions including Mareva injunctions
  • Professional negligence, such as claims against negligent lawyers, accountants, appraisers, real estate agents (Realtors ™) etc.;
  • Municipal disputes (acting against municipalities). Eleanor and George co-authored The Annotated British Columbia Local Government Act, 1997 (formerly The Annotated British Columbia Municipal Act) (Western Legal Publications), published in 2001, and authored updates until 2006.
  • Breach of trust
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Dishonest performance on contracts
  • Fraud claims e.g. real estate fraud (such as fraudulent mortgages, transfers), commercial fraud, claims against dishonest directors, officers and employees, elder abuse
  • Representation of lawyers before the Law Society
  • Second opinions. We are happy to give second opinions on legal matters.
  • Lawyer fee disputes
  • Debt recovery

Legal research

Eleanor is one of the very most senior research lawyers in the province. After working in publishing for three years, Eleanor turned to legal research in 1991 and has done that almost exclusively for the last 23 years

Mediation

Eleanor is a trained mediator. From time to time colleagues of George’s have hired George to act as a mediator.