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Litigating and advocating on your behalf is the lifeblood of what we do.

Our firm’s origins as a boutique litigation practice means litigating and advocating on your behalf is the lifeblood of what we do.  Many civil and commercial litigators rarely see the inside of a courtroom.  Meanwhile, we are in the trenches of court representing the best interests of our clients almost every single week.

If it doesn’t make sense to litigate – real life legal solutions means being frank with you about that too.  That is when we put our skills in negotiation and significant experience in mediation and arbitration to work for you. We can be your lifeline for civil or commercial litigation of any size and level of complexity.

Many civil and commercial litigators rarely see the inside of a courtroom.


We are in the trenches of court almost every single week representing the best interests of our clients.

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British Columbia Civil & Commercial Litigation & You

Legal disputes are disruptive for business and an unwanted distraction.
Our goal?
To maintain the overall health of your business while either defending or pursuing its rights.

When your life or business requires legal assistance, you need to be sure you have the best in your corner representing your interests. A team that is tireless in it’s pursuit of winning for you at a cost that won’t rob you of the pleasure of winning. A team that listens to your legal needs and translates that need into action.

Below, you will find some common questions that were asked by our happy clients about commercial civil litigation lawyers at the Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group.

A commercial or civil lawsuit, also called a civil case, is a private case where someone sues someone else. When businesses or companies are involved in a dispute, the lawsuit is generally known as commercial litigation. This is also known as a suit or action. These lawsuits can happen for a lot of different reasons, but generally, people sue over financial disputes or issues, when they believe that another party has done them wrong.

A civil action or lawsuit starts when individuals or corporations disagree on a legal matter, such as the terms of a contract or the ownership of a piece of property. A civil suit can also result if someone is injured or property is damaged. For example, someone who breaks a leg when he or she slips on an icy stairwell may sue for compensation. The person who sues is called the plaintiff. The person being sued is called the defendant.

Civil cases can be quite complex and goes through several stages: pleadings, discovery, and the trial itself.

The short answer is, yes, you need an experienced civil litigation lawyer to engage in a civil lawsuit. Professional disputes happen every day, and every day, disputes get resolved. However, when disputes escalate, the parties involved may file suit. If you become involved in a civil lawsuit, the time for one-on-one resolution has passed. You’ll need someone in your camp to ensure your interests and rights are properly represented.

A civil litigation attorney specializes in settling legal disputes between two or more parties. The attorney represents one of these parties, and advocates for the rights and interests of that party.

Civil litigation can occur in any number of fields, such as:

– Anti-Trust
– Construction
– Education Law
– Employment & Labor
– Environmental Law
– Intellectual Property
– Landlord/Tenant
– Medical Malpractice
– Personal Injury
– Products Liability
– Real Estate
– Worker’s Compensation

In order to properly represent their client, a civil litigation attorney needs to have a number of skills, including:

– Ability to synthesize complex legal and factual materials
– Analytical reasoning abilities as well as logical
– Client development skills
– Knowledge of legal research techniques and software
– Knowledge of substantive and procedural law
– Negotiation skills
– Strong advocacy skills, both written and oral
– Superior social skills

Usually this is taken care of through remedies that the judge or jury who decided the case would determine. A remedy is a means of resolving a civil case and there are three different types:

  1. Monetary remedies, called damages, are the most common. The judge or jury who decides the case fixes the amount of damages. The judge or jury will take into account the expenses incurred by the plaintiff. Where the law permits, they can also award an additional sum to compensate the plaintiff for the loss suffered as a result of the wrongdoing of the defendant. The judge or jury is not required to award the plaintiff the amount he or she asks for. They might even award less than that amount. In Canada, a judge or jury may occasionally award “punitive” damages. This is a larger award that expresses the disapproval of the community. These damages are meant to punish the defendant because the defendant’s behaviour was so offensive.
  2. Declaratory remedies simply state the rights of the parties. For example, when a court interprets a will or decides who owns personal property or land, its decision is declaratory.
  3. An injunction is a restraining order that says that someone can or cannot do something. You could get an injunction to stop your neighbours from burning garbage or to order them to remove a junk heap from your property. Injunctions are not given automatically. In each case, the court has the discretion to make such an order or to award damages according to precedent.


The types of Civil & Commercial Litigation matters that the Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group can help you with.

Being sued or having to sue someone to protect your interests can be stressful, confusing and financially challenging. We can put our skills to work for you to determine the optimal litigation strategy for the following and other civil litigation matters:

  • Debtor and creditor remedies;
  • Defamation;
  • Family law disputes;
  • Estate litigation;
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes;
  • Negligence claims;
  • Real estate disputes; and
  • Various other civil litigation matters.


Legal disputes are disruptive for business and an unwanted distraction. Our goal is to always maintain the overall health of your business while either defending or pursuing its rights. We can put our skills to work for you to determine the optimal litigation strategy for the following and other commercial litigation matters:

  • Bankruptcy;
  • Builders liens;
  • Construction disputes;
  • Contract disputes;
  • Debtor and creditor remedies;
  • Directors’ liability;
  • Expropriation of land;
  • General business disputes;
  • Insurance claims;
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes;
  • Partnership disputes;
  • Real estate disputes;
  • Shareholder disputes; and
  • Various other commercial litigation matters.

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We wanted more from the law and so should you. That’s why we created a law firm with a real life approach formulated to bring you the best possible results with the least amount of stress and expense. Welcome to a powerful client-centred philosophy that turns our passion for people into advantages for you.

We understand that legal issues in one area of the law can quickly spill over into other legal arenas. You need to know if admitting civil liability could assist a criminal prosecution or if your criminal case could lead to civil, family or immigration repercussions. Real life legal solutions means having access to lawyers under one roof with experience in a wide range of legal fields. That means no running around trying to find the right lawyers to answer your questions when you are most stressed and can least afford it. Whatever your legal issue, chances are we have a lawyer just down the hall who can provide the right advice which saves you time, money and stress.

Before joining DD Law Group, our lawyers were employed by big government, big corporations and big downtown law firms.  We have dealt with everything from large scale civil litigation and complicated divorce settlements to sophisticated drug conspiracies and high stakes immigration board hearings.  Real life legal solutions means having the experience to identify the correct legal issues, to develop a legal strategy on the front end and to see that strategy through.  Actually having a game plan from the outset that you understand means less stress, greater efficiency and reduced cost.  And if you are not completely satisfied with a result, we have the experience to appeal your case to the highest levels of court.

Lawyers traditionally focus on legal issues rather than the individuals behind them. We firmly believe that your story is a powerful tool that can define the narrative of a case and help you achieve the best possible legal result. We not only want to know your story, we want to help you shape where it leads. Real life legal solutions means working hard to identify and deal with the reasons your life intersected with the law in the first place. Where appropriate, we will work to address these real life issues through our trusted network of counsellors, doctors and other professionals. This allows us to build a powerful narrative to advocate on your behalf. At the same time, it allows for the possibility to effect powerful and positive change in your real life.

Legal cases are not just won by lawyers. They often require doctors, counsellors, health care workers, private detectives and other professionals with specialized knowledge. We rely upon a trusted network of professionals who not only have the ability to help you in your real life but who can also turn what appears to be a losing case into a winning one. Real life legal solutions means that you won’t be on your own when it comes to securing appropriate and quality professional help both for you and your legal matter.

We pride ourselves on a legal team that treat one another like an extended family rather than mere work colleagues. We want you to share in the unique culture we have developed. Real life legal solutions means dealing with a firm whose lines of communication are always open when a question or issue arises. We always endeavour to ensure you are not left in the dark or feeling alone when urgent matters require our attention. This atmosphere of openness is why the relationships we forge with our clients often continue long after a file is closed.

We understand that legal cases often arise unexpectedly and lead to unanticipated expense. This can be a significant stress piled upon the already stressful nature of your legal matter. Real life legal solutions means offering a variety of fee structures, payment plans and competitive rates that work for you.