Title: Commercial law


James E. Sutcliffe



James Sutcliffe

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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James is a partner in the firm’s Banking and Debt Financing Group. He has extensive experience in all aspects of debt financing. James acts for Canadian banks and other lenders, U.S. and other foreign financial institutions and Canadian and U.S. law firms and corporations. James has acted on all manner of loan transactions including construction and term real estate deals, dealer finance transactions, asset based loans and loans involving the forestry, renewal energy and seniors living sectors.

James has written articles and made presentations on lending issues and acted as editor of publications on real estate financing and mortgage practices.

Recognition and Ranking

* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for banking law
* Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner in asset-based lending


Languages: English
Joined the Law Firm in: 2007


Areas of Practice


  • Banking and Debt Financing
  • Finance
  • Project Financing


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

James has acted for:

* The purchaser of the assets of a major fitness centre group
* A company in respect of vender take back security on the acquisition of land in Burnaby
* A chartered bank in respect of a group of care home providers
* A syndicate of lenders on a financing of a Vancouver real estate development
* A syndicate of lenders in respect of a condominium development on Vancouver Island
* A lender to a partnership acquiring a company's shares
* A group of companies in respect of a major asset based loan facility

Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* Law Society of British Columbia, Guest Lecturer
* Banking Law Subsection, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, past President


James has edited two chapters of the Professional Legal Training Course Commercial Law Practice Materials and edits a chapter of the Continuing Legal Education materials on real estate financing. James has written on the subject of secured transactions.


"Vendor Financing", Legal Strategies and Business Acquisitions 2012, Legal Education Society of British Columbia (February 3, 2012), Course Presenter

"Security for Vendor Take Back Financings Including Escrow Agreements", Legal Strategies in Business Acquisitions 2010 Strategies to Avoid Post Closing Problems, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (January 21, 2010), Speaker

Professional Activities and Experience

Prior to joining, Lawson Lundell in 2007, James practised at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP.

Bar Admission

Ontario (1992)
British Columbia (1996)



University of Toronto (LL.B., 1990)