Case Studies

Practical and effective legal advice for growing businesses.

The following case studies have been provided for our clients who are seeking more information on a specific topic.

These case studies will allow you to see examples of the services we execute, and can also be educational tools that provide direction or answers to your basic questions. The case studies show examples of basic cases, more significant cases, and others that are more complex or unique. Please feel free to examine them and to contact us with any questions.

The following are based on real cases our clients have faced. We have provided solid, legal advice for all case studies listed below. They are available as a teaching resource and to demonstrate that your company will be in good hands with Sheena.

Being Proactive: Proactively Working with Senior Management and In-House Legal Counsel on Employment and Human Resource Issues Before a Problem Arises

Corporate counsel and HR professionals take note of how employment law rulings can affect their company’s policies and procedures. In 2008, we saw a number of rulings that made in-house counsel sit up and take notice. And, just as Malcolm Gladwell said, ‘we learn by example,’ most of the inhouse counsel hope that they learn through reading the case law and not being in the case law.

The purpose of this case study is to provide a starting point for in-house counsel, HR professionals, and out-side counsel alike, to avoid being in the case law. How can legal and HR professionals ensure that senior management is setting the right example? First, the critical issues need to be identified. Second, those issues must be presented to senior management. And finally, practical solutions with a touch of humanism ought to be implemented.

Points-Based Timeshare Plans

Due to the efforts of resorts and vacation clubs, “right to use” timeshare programs have gained a significant presence in BC in the last decade.

There are three main types of timeshare structures:

  • fee simple, where the owner of the timeshare has a direct, deeded interest in real property;
  • leasehold, where the owner of the timeshare has a term limited entitlement pursuant to a lease agreement registered on the land; and
  • right to use, where the owner of the timeshare has an indirect ownership in real property.

In this case study, Sheena explains “right to use” timeshare structures and points exchange systems brokered by two major international companies. Points-based timeshare programs, such as those offered by Intrawest and West Coast Timeshare, are right to use timeshare programs.