Claire gets results. She was laser focused on my concerns and goals. She anticipated both opportunities and challenges and provides real leadership to the client. Anyone who has legal issues related to property would be extremely lucky to have her represent them. She is BY FAR the best in her field.

Vancouver Landlord

Rankings

Claire Immega is top-ranked by Leading Global Rankings Agencies and Directories.

Professional Background

Claire Immega (she/her/hers) is a Partner and Co-Chairs both the Commercial Litigation and the Estates Litigation Practice Groups at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. Claire’s practice focuses on commercial and real estate disputes, estate litigation, and professional regulation and discipline.

She delivers focused results based on an in-depth understanding of her clients’ needs and interests. She is passionate about Vancouver business and community interests, and Chairs the firm’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Claire represents commercial and residential landlords and property managers, real estate owners and developers, corporate stakeholders, and a variety of regulated professionals. She regularly appears in British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and a variety of regulatory bodies and administrative tribunals, and has assisted clients before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Education

  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2012
  • Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Toronto, 2006

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Future Litigation Star” and featured in the 40 and Under Hot List
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Arbitration in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Memberships

  • Member, Board of LandlordBC
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Community + Volunteering

  • Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Claire’s experience includes:

• Complex corporate and commercial disputes, including shareholder disputes and directors and officer’s liability, including:
-lead defence counsel in ongoing corporate officer’s negligence and fraud litigation surrounding the negotiation of an liquefied natural gas deal and the purchase of real estate worth $37 million
-key legal team member in complex securities fraud and negligence disputes worth over $500 million and a shareholders’ dispute worth approximately $250 million

• Leasing and development, including managing commercial, residential, and long-term leasing disputes, and advising landlords and developers on tenant relocation and development planning, including:
-advising landlords and property owners through renovation and repair of low and high-rise properties in various municipalities, including Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, and Victoria
-assisting apartment building owners through renovation and redevelopment processes in a changing legal and regulatory environment
-managing legal issues related to a $20 million downtown Vancouver apartment building renovation
-acting for industry organizations in appellate matters regarding landlord issues

• Estate litigation, including wills variation actions, estate administration, committeeships, and probate.

• Real estate litigation, including real estate fraud and contract disputes, including:
-acts as lead plaintiff counsel in ongoing $1.5 million real estate fraud litigation, in which she secured Mareva freezing orders over $1.7 million of assets
-acts as lead plaintiff counsel in dispute over investment in a Caribbean property worth $10 US million

• Representing regulated professionals in disciplinary matters, including dentists, geoscientists, registered clinical counsellors, and others, and settling most disciplinary matters with minimal fines and penalties.

Publications

Presentations

  • Speaker, LandLordBC, The Province and the Cities: Navigating Government Responses to the Rental Housing Crunch, June, 2019
  • Speaker, UDI British Columbia, Litigation Challenges Arising From the COVID-19 Pandemic, August 2020