R Bruce Reynolds

R Bruce Reynolds
Office:
150 King Street West
Suite 2512 .PO Box 24
M5H 1J9
City:
Toronto
State:
Ontario
Country:
Canada

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Who's Who Legal Canada - Construction

Bruce Reynolds, FCIArb, is a partner in the construction and infrastructure group in the Toronto office of Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. He was recognised as construction lawyer of the year by Who’s Who Legal; the directory calls him “one of the best-regarded lawyers internationally - he is lauded for both his disputes work and his drafting and negotiation of construction contracts”. He focuses his practice on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction, insurance, and surety law. He is a co-author of Scott and Reynolds on Surety Bonds (Carswell);Construction, Builders and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada, seventh edition (Carswell); and A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law (Carswell). He acted as counsel for the Ontario government to conduct a review of the Construction Lien Act.

Mr Reynolds is former co-chair of the international construction projects committee of the International Bar Association; programme coordinator of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; a past governor of the American College of Construction Lawyers, an elite membership of top US construction lawyers; and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a past member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association construction law section. He was an executive of the construction law section of the Ontario Bar Association, and was its chair for two terms. He is also a former vice chair of the fidelity and surety law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) torts and insurance practice section. He is, as well, a member of ABA’s forum on the construction industry.

Mr Reynolds was a founding fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. He has served on the board of governors of the college, and is a past president. He was named Toronto Construction Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. He is listed in Chambers Global (Band 1, construction law), Canadian Who’s WhoBest Lawyers in Canada, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He is also listed in Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent. Recently, Mr Reynolds was the recipient of the Benchmark Canada Construction Litigator of the Year Award as well as the Toronto Construction Associations’ Donald P Giffin, Sr Construction Industry Achievement Award. The latter award is presented to individuals who have benefited the construction industry through major contributions to its progress and development. Those considered for the award are distinguished by the exemplary dedication and leadership they have shown in pursuing the construction industry's common goals and interests. He has also been named an Acritas Star.

WWL says: Bruce Reynolds is one of Canada's most esteemed and impressive legal minds; he is a leader in the construction disputes space.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Canada which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Bruce Reynolds is co-chair of international construction projects group at Singleton Reynolds and a partner in the firm’s construction and infrastructure practice group.

He is highly specialised in the resolution of construction claims, liens, surety bond claims, insurance claims, product liability issues, and architects’ and engineers’ E&O issues, as well as project procurement and contracts for industrial and infrastructure projects such as public private partnerships and construction, engineering, architectural and equipment supply contracts.

Bruce is a certified specialist in construction law by the Law Society of Ontario. He is a fellow of both the Canadian and American Colleges of Construction Lawyers and is a past co-chair of the international construction projects committee of the International Bar Association. He currently serves as programme chair of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

Bruce served as counsel for the Ontario Government in conducting the first comprehensive review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act in 34 years and, along with co-counsel Sharon Vogel, delivered a 300-page report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Construction Lien Act. Together with Sharon, Bruce then worked closely with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General to draft Bill 142, which included 98 out of the 101 recommendations presented in their report, including recommendations for the introduction of prompt payment and adjudication legislation for the first time in Canada. Bill 142 (An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act) was unanimously passed in the Ontario Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent in December 2017.

Over the same period, Bruce acted as lead counsel on two ICC mining arbitrations, served as the president of an ICC panel arbitrating a major dispute in respect of a gas-fired turbine project, and acted as lead counsel in the renegotiation of two major contracts for a massive hydro-electric project.

Currently, Bruce and Sharon have been retained to act for the Government of Canada to conduct a review of federal legislation on the issues of prompt payment and adjudication for federal construction projects.

WWL says: R Bruce Reynolds is one of the leading figures both nationally and internationally on the resolution of construction claims and is recognised by peers as “an excellent lawyer” who is “the best of the bunch”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

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