Bruce Reynolds is sought after for his experience advising on construction mandates. One source appreciated that he was “able to explain complicated concepts in a simple way, citing practical examples based on his extensive relevant experiences.” He is often cited for his in-depth expertise in construction liens and prompt payment.

Chambers Global

Bruce Reynolds is one of Canada’s most esteemed and impressive legal minds; he is a leader in the construction disputes space.

Who’s Who Legal

Bruce is a meticulous, professional and absolutely innovative individual.

Canadian Lawyer

One of the best regarded lawyers internationally… lauded both for his disputes work and his drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

Who's Who Legal

The very cerebral Bruce Reynolds is “one of the first people that comes to mind for any dispute in Canada” with sources highlighting him as a “distinguished advocate and an experienced arbitrator. He continues to be regarded as one of the foremost construction practitioners in the world”.

Who's Who Legal

“Big Hitter” Bruce Reynolds excels in the construction field, where he is renowned for his excellent representation of clients in a range of complex construction and projects disputes. He is the most highly regarded Construction Lawyer in Canada.

Who's Who Legal

Professional Background

Bruce Reynolds has earned a stellar reputation in the construction industry for settling disputes and drafting and negotiating contracts. Who’s Who Legal has recognized him as “one of the foremost construction practitioners in the world,” while his clients have praised him for his legal skills, integrity and clarity of insight.

Bruce is a partner in Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP’s construction and infrastructure practice group and co-chair of the firm’s international construction projects group. He specializes in the resolution of construction and insurance claims, liens, surety bond claims, product liability issues, and architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions issues. In addition, he advises clients on construction projects in Canada, the United States and overseas.

Bruce, together with his colleague Sharon Vogel, played an important role in helping the Ontario government modernize the province’s construction law, which saw the first round of amendments come into effect in 2018. The pair reviewed the previous Construction Lien Act for the Ministry of the Attorney General, a process that involved consulting with more than 60 provincial stakeholders, and submitted a report with 101 recommendations – 98 of which were eventually included in the new legislation, the Construction Act. Among the changes to the legislation are the creation of a prompt payment framework and the introduction of a mandatory dispute resolution system.

Bruce has been certified as a specialist in construction law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian and American Colleges of Construction Lawyers, vice-president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and past co-chair of the international construction projects committee of the International Bar Association.

He was recognized as the 2018 Global Construction Lawyer of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in numerous editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is listed in Chambers Global (Band 1) and Martindale-Hubbell (AV), and he is also recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law) and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Education

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Bachelor of laws, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of arts, University of Toronto (Victoria College)

Rankings + Recognitions

Rankings


Recognitions

  • Award of Excellence, 2019, (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).
  • Zenith Award (Change Agent in Law), 2019, (Lexpert).
  • Jock Tindale Memorial Award, 2018,  (Ontario General Contractors Association).
  • Global Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2018 and 2014, (Who’s Who Legal).
  • Construction Litigator of the Year, 2017, (Benchmark Canada Awards).
  • Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, 2017, (Canadian Lawyer).
  • Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award, 2016, (Toronto Construction Association).
  • Toronto Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” (Best Lawyers in Canada. ®)

Memberships

  • Vice-president, International Academy of Construction Lawyers.
  • Past Co-chair, international construction projects committee, International Bar Association.
  • Past governor, American College of Construction Lawyers.
  • Co-chair, international committee, American College of Construction Lawyers.
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Founding governor, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers; president (2002-03).
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, construction law section.
  • Associate member, American Bar Association, torts and insurance section, fidelity and surety law committee (FSLC); vice-chair, FSLC (1998-2001); member, forum on the construction industry (1994-present).
  • Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  • Drafts and negotiates construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Represents surety bonding companies in claims related to construction projects, including performance and labour and material payment bond claims.
  • Served as counsel to:
    • A general contractor, defending 56 claims for lien amounting to more than CDN$80-million.
    • An engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project manager in a CDN$300-million arbitration regarding an international mining dispute.
    • A joint venture Project Co. in respect of its CDN$125-million claim as developer of a public-private partnership highway project.
    • An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a large hydro-electric project seeking CDN$100-million for cost over-runs.
    • A surety in respect of a US$50-million cross-border performance bond claim arising out of a high-rise luxury condominium project in New York City.
    • A large institutional owner regarding a CDN$50-million claim of its general contractor.
    • A major hospital defending 36 claims for lien amounting to more than CDN$50-million.
    • A design-build subcontractor working on a major sports facility in a CDN$47-million lien litigation.
    • A mechanical and electrical subcontractor in respect of its CDN$30-million claim related to wrongful termination.
    • A major hospital regarding a CDN$25-million total cost claim of its general contractor.
    • A surety in respect of the restructuring of a bus manufacturer with contracts for the production of 800 transit buses in Canada and the United States.
    • An EPC contractor in respect of a major claim arising out of the boiler refurbishment program for a nuclear generating facility.

Publications

Legal Textbooks

  • Co-Author, A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law, Carswell, (with Sharon Vogel)
  • Co-Author, Construction Builders’ and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada, 7th Edition (two volumes), Carswell
  • Co-Author, Scott and Reynolds on Surety Bonds (two volumes, supplemented twice annually), Carswell, (with K.W. Scott, QC)

Additional Publications

  • Featured in “A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication: Legislation in The Province of Ontario”, International Construction Law Review Journal, January 21, 2019.
  • Co-Author, “Security of Payment in the Construction Industry: Does International Experience Provide a Crystal Ball for North America?,” Construction Law Journal, November 2018
  • Co-Author,  A New Construction Act – What Has Changed and How Will It Affect P3 Projects?, Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure, September 2018
  • Featured, “CEO Power Breakfast, Striking a fine balance – The two masterminds behind the Lien Act Review discuss the challenges in balancing freedom of contract with the need for more regulation,” Builders’ Digest
  • Co-Author, “Getting the Deal Through: Construction “, Law Business Research Ltd,. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Construction, (contributing editors: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman, Peckar & Abramson PC)
  • Author, “The Fog of War,” Construction Law Letter, Volume 30, Number 4
  • Author, “Insurance issues relevant to cranes,” Lawyers Weekly, (with Sharon Vogel)
  • Author, “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Construction Sector and the Construction Bar”, Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Author, “An Analysis of Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia: Or, If It Walks Like a Duck,” International Construction Law Review, (with Sharon Vogel)
  • Co-Author, “A Report on the Introduction of Prompt Payment and Adjudication: Legislation in The Province of Ontario” The International Construction Law Review, January 2019

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Ontario’s New Construction Act: Transitioning and Applying the Modernization Provisions,” Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, December 2018
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, “The New Construction Act: What you Need to Know,” Lexpert® Executive Course, November 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Focus on Forward: Doing Things Better or Doing Things Differently,” 3rd Engineering and Construction of Mining Projects Conference, November 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Termination issues: action for damages versus actions for wrongful termination”, International Bar Conference, October 2018
  • Speaker, “Introduction of the Interim Adjudication System,”3rd Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts and Projects, February 2018
  • Co-Speaker, “Ontario Construction Lien Act Reform,”91st Annual ORBA Convention & AGM, February 2018
  • Speaker, “Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce,” The Senate of Canada
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Act – Report Overview,” Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, September, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Unlocking Disputes: Construction Topics from the American and Canadian Colleges of Construction Law, London
  • Guest Lecturer, “International Contracting,” University of Melbourne Law School Masters Program in Construction Law
  • Speaker, “The Future of Construction Law is not what it used to be,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Annual Conference, San Francisco
  • Presenter, “The Collaborative Settlement of Construction Disputes,” Fourth International Construction Law Conference, Melbourne, Australia