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John A. McLachlan

Tel: (604) 689-1048
Fax: (604) 689-1028
johnmclachlan@lexpacifica.com

Professional Biography

John is litigation counsel at Lex Pacifica practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and administrative law. John has a broad range of litigation experience including construction litigation, builders’ liens, shareholder disputes, employment litigation, discipline matters, real estate transactions, commercial lease disputes, property tax disputes and other contract litigation.

John has appeared as counsel before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Federal Court, and various Administrative Tribunals including the Employment Standards Tribunal, the Property Assessment Appeal Board, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board.

John has appeared as a speaker at legal education seminars and has been a guest instructor at the Professional Legal Training Course. He regularly writes for the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia’s quarterly publication, INPUT magazine, on a wide variety of legal issues related to real property matters. He was also a contributing author for the CLE British Columbia Property Assessment Manual from 2009 to 2013.

Professional Designations/Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia - Barrister and Solicitor
  • The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia – RI
  • Professional Legal Training Course – Guest Judge
  • Canadian Property Tax Association – Board Member (BC Chapter)
  • The Vancouver Club - Member
  • Salvation Army Pro Bono Program (1999 – 2012) - Pro Bono Counsel

Educational Background

  • 1998 - L.L.B., University of British Columbia
  • 1992 - B.A.(Psychology), University of British Columbia

Publications & Seminars

  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel - National Conference, National Legal Update - Panel Member
  • Association of Canadian Assessors' Counsel - National Conference, Valuation Seminar - Panel Member
  • Continuing Legal Education: Real Property Assessment Manual Contributor: Chapter 5 - Property Classification
  • Canadian Property Tax Association, British Columbia Chapter - Industrial Property Tax Seminar - Panel Member
  • Canadian Property Tax Association, British Columbia Chapter - Legal Panel - Presenter
  • Tendering Basics
  • Tendering Law
  • Builders Liens: Holdback and Payment Certifier Issues (with John H. Shevchuk)