Federal Review on Prompt Payment and Adjudication Now Available

The Government of Canada, through Public Services and Procurement Canada (“PSPC”), announced on August 2, 2018 that the executive summary of the report prepared by Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel of Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP (“Singleton Reynolds”) titled Building a Federal Framework for Prompt Payment and Adjudication, is now public. The executive summary is available here.  The full report is available upon request by making a request here.

Singleton Reynolds was retained in January of this year in order to conduct an expert review which included a series of stakeholder engagement sessions and the development of a recommendations package for the federal government regarding promptness of payment and adjudication in relation to federal construction projects (“Federal Review”).

The team held 55 stakeholder engagement sessions with over 500 participants across Canada between March 6 and April 25, 2018 which resulted in positive dialogue with all levels of the construction pyramid. Following those sessions, formal submissions were received from some stakeholders as well as a variety of letters of support from local associations or member associations’ for submissions made at the national level.

The feedback received became the basis for the recommendations package (in the form of a report), which was delivered to PSPC on June 8, 2018.  The package includes 53 recommendations in relation to the introduction of prompt payment and adjudication legislation.

“It has been an honour to have been involved in this federal initiative and to have had the opportunity to engage with stakeholders and PSPC to create this recommendation package,” said Vogel.

“We’re just starting to see the changes to the Ontario Construction Act roll out,” commented Reynolds, “and the Government of Canada will be moving ahead with its legislation in the Fall. At the same time, other Provinces and Territories are considering the issue of prompt payment and adjudication, and the leadership role undertaken by the federal Government will be an important factor in the evolving situation.”

Singleton Reynolds’ Partner Sharon Vogel Named One of Canada’s Top 25 Female Litigators

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP (Singleton Reynolds) is pleased to announce that Benchmark Canada has named Sharon Vogel as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation for 2018.

The award is based on Benchmark’s extensive research process, which encompasses six months of investigation into individual litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback surveys and individual interviews.

“These women have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients,” reads the Benchmark Canada website.  “Though they hail from widely different practice areas, they all share the distinction of being recognized as top players in their respective fields.”

“This is a group of extraordinary lawyers,” said Vogel. “I’m honoured to be among them.”

Sharon was previously named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2017: “Sharon is a leading voice and changemaker in construction law. She is authoritative, engaged and dedicated”. She was nominated again for 2018 and has been repeatedly ranked at the top of her field by such reputable organizations as Who’s Who International, Lexpert Leading Lawyers, Chambers Canada, ALM 500 and Best Lawyers.

“Sharon’s dedication to her clients and to mentoring and supporting our up-and-coming lawyers says a lot about her dedication to the practice of law,” said Managing Partner John Singleton. “She continually sets the bar for excellence and it’s a pleasure to work elbow-to-elbow with such a thoughtful and experienced lawyer.”

Earlier this year Benchmark Litigation  named Singleton Reynolds’ Canadian Construction Law Firm of the Year for 2018.

Vogel has been practising construction and infrastructure law for over 25 years and is perhaps best known for her more recent work as Co-Counsel for the Ontario Government in conducting a review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act and delivering a report with 101 recommendations, 98 of which were eventually adopted and became the basis for Bill 142, An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act. Subsequently, Vogel and Partner Bruce Reynolds were retained by the federal government to review prompt payment and adjudication in the federal context in Canada.

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