Jim D.  Fraser

Jim D. Fraser

Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

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Jim is a leading British Columbia practitioner in property tax and expropriation law with extensive experience since 1993 providing strategic advice and litigating appeals for a wide range of clients before tribunals and courts relating to:

  • Imposition and management of property taxes, property transfer taxes, mineral taxes and other commodity taxes on Crown, municipal, private and First Nations lands;
  • Imposition and management of payments of grants in lieu of property taxes;
  • Expropriation of property by municipalities, government agencies and utilities corporations for highway widenings, LNG pipelines, hydroelectric generation facilities, transmission lines, parks and seawalls, libraries and other municipal purposes;
  • Negotiation and arbitration of commercial lease renewals and reviews; and
  • Resolution of municipal and other governmental land-use issues relating to zonings and development permits.

Jim’s clients have included mines, smelters, sawmills, pulp and paper mills, forestry companies, shopping mall landlords and tenants, large and small-scale golf courses, residential tower and other land developers, oil and gas companies, telecommunications companies, electrical power companies, pension trusts, industry associations, independent schools, charities and non-profits, an assessment appeal tribunal, a municipality and individual home, and small business owners and tax consultants.

Jim has many years of practical experience engaging and instructing professional appraisers, engineers and other expert witnesses in property valuation and litigation matters.

Jim routinely appears before many levels of tribunal, agency and court including the B.C. Property Assessment Review Panel, B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board, Federal Payment in Lieu of Tax Dispute Advisory Panel, arbitration tribunals, Canadian Transportation Agency, Yellowknife Development Appeal Board, B.C. Supreme Court, B.C. Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

  • Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
    925 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
Bar Admissions
  • British Columbia, 1993
  • Northwest Territories, 2008
  • Nunavut, 2015
  • British Columbia Continuing Legal Education Society - frequent Lecturer (property tax assessment, administrative law, expropriation)
  • British Columbia Expropriation Association - Member
  • British Columbia Real Property Assessment Manual - Editor
  • Canadian Property Tax Association - Past President
  • Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region) - Member of Tax Policy Committee

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Municipal Law, Vancouver, Canada (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 for work in:
  • Municipal Law
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation Star for Estate, General Commercial and Tax litigation in British Columbia
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Municipal Law


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