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Business and Real Estate Law
Lindsay Kenney LLP – Vancouver and Langley Offices
At Lindsay Kenney we can assist firms from incorporation, to starting out, and through the life of the business. And ultimately we’re there as their advisors, even for succession. I think some people have questions sometimes about whether there’s a difference between us dealing with small clients or larger institutional clients. Because Lindsay Kenney is focused on client service, that’s allowed us to adapt what we’re doing to whatever their specific needs are.
We have a great number of clients who have been with the firm for two and three generations. Often we’ve worked with the founder, and then we’ve worked with the next generation. And we’ve seen the business evolve, we’ve seen the family evolve, and we’re able to better meet their needs as a result of knowing them better. We’d like to be considered a trusted advisor, so that they’ll never hesitate to pick up the phone and call us. I often find when you establish that personal relationship, you’re able to have a much better working relationship with your clients, and that could open itself up to all sorts of things that they may need assistance on that they may not have even contemplated at the time. If you have a client you’ve worked for many years, then they get value out of the fact that they know that you know their history.
Our role is really to assist our clients and work with their team of advisors. We can’t work in isolation, we need to work with their tax advisors, their financial planners. What that means is that we spend a lot of time developing those relationships as well, with the other professional services so that we can be sure that when a need arises for our client we can also identify the right person to perhaps bring into the picture or send them to talk to. But also making sure that whatever advice its getting from its accountants is being incorporated into the legal documents in an efficient manner. If business trouble ever arises, we do have a robust litigation team. Everything from simple contract disputes or collections issues, to full on shareholder disputes.
One of the benefits of working at a full service firm like Lindsay Kenney is that I can quite easily pick up the phone or walk across the hallway to talk to somebody who is an expert in a field that may become relevant in the transaction that I’m working on. We do have a multitude of industries that we work with, whether it’s real estate development, agriculture, insurance, we have a broad spectrum of experience that we can offer our clients. We work with clients and if you know their business well, you know the background, you’re not guessing at what’s going on, you know what’s going on.