US@SR Spring/Summer 2018

A Building Reputation 

We are now Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP (formerly Singleton Urquhart LLP), operating as Singleton Reynolds, and we welcome Sharon Vogel and Bruce Reynolds—two of Canada’s leading construction lawyers—along with Peter Wardle, one of Canada’s preeminent civil litigators, in our newly opened Toronto office.

This new partnership adds considerable bench strength to our construction, infrastructure and commercial litigation practices. It also adds a new dimension to the exceptional personalized advice and flexibility we have been known for the past 40+ years with our wide range of legal services in:

• commercial real estate
• corporate commercial
• insurance defense
• professional liability
• product liability
• workplace law
• business immigration.

We look forward to serving you with our new expanded strength.

Off to a Great Start

Since rebranding and expanding into the Toronto market this past January, Singleton Reynolds has been repeatedly recognized as a leader in Construction and Infrastructure Law. In February, just a month after opening, we were named Construction Law Firm of the Year for 2018 by Benchmark Canada. Shortly thereafter, Bruce Reynolds was named Global Construction Lawyer of the Year by Who’s Who Legal and Stephen Berezowskyj was inducted into the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. Sharon Vogel was recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Female Litigators by Benchmark Canada.

SR lawyers have also been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Lexpert Leading Lawyers across a variety of practice areas.

What We’ve Been Up To…

We’ve been busy since January and have welcomed several new faces including two new partners Jane Ingman Baker and Michael Peraya.

SR’s Workplace Law Group held their annual seminar at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on April 11. Melanie Samuels, Veronica Rossos, David Edinger and Talya Nemetz‑Sinchein presented on Sex, Drugs, Responsibilities and Roles. If you are interested in attending future workplace law seminars, please email

In light of the tax proposals in the Federal Budget 2018, Singleton Reynolds and the accounting firm Crowe MacKay LLP hosted a breakfast-and-learn event on May 17 to discuss two significant changes to the taxation of private corporations and their shareholders—the tax on split income rules and the new passive investment income rules. The event was well attended.

Stephen Berezowskyj recently presented in the Continuing Legal Education of BC’s annual Construction Law course. He also presented a course on Builders Liens for intern architects at the Architectural Institute of B.C.

Our Toronto team hosted the Society of Construction Law for their North American launch on June 12.

New Faces

With the launch of our Toronto office earlier this year, we have continued to add to our team nationally.

James Little, Emira Bouhafna and Jesse Gardner have all joined our Construction and Infrastructure Group in Toronto, working closely with Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel. Evan Rankin also joined our Commercial and Business Litigation Group alongside Jesse and associate counsel Peter Wardle.

Ernest Soares joins as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Group. We also welcomed paralegal Warren Scrooby as part of our Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group.

Casey Dheensaw joins us as an articling student in Vancouver, and Makaela Peters joins as a summer student. In Toronto, Scott Clark and Natasha Rodrigues have also joined as summer students.

Jasmine Lam joined our Toronto team as a law clerk in January along with Toronto office manager Maria Di Bartolomeo.