Peter M. Tolensky

Peter M. Tolensky

Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2011

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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Peter chairs Lawson Lundell's Real Estate Group. His clients include pension funds, utility, mining and pipeline companies and private entities to whom he provides advice on a variety of real estate and corporate structuring matters for all types of projects. He also negotiates a significant volume of retail, office and industrial leases for landlords and tenants.


  • Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
    925 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2


  • English
  • French

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2000


  • British Columbia Due Diligence Deskbook - Contributing author
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch - Member
  • CBA/BCLS Air-Space Subdivision Task Force - Co-Chair
  • International Council of Shopping Centers - Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia - Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties - Member and Speaker
  • Urban Development Institute - Member and Speaker

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

76 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

19 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Real Estate law
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the editorial for Real Estate
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Real Estate (British Columbia) and Real Estate (Nationwide - Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016: consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Property Leasing
  • Chambers Global 2016: recognized in the Real Estate (Canada) category
  • Lexpert 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: recognized as one of Canada's Corporate Lawyers to Watch
  • 2011 Lexpert Rising Star Award: recognized as one of Canada‚Äôs Leading Lawyers under 40
  • Named, Business in Vancouver, Forty under 40 (2008)


Examples of Peter’s recent experience include:

Acting for various utility, mining and pipeline companies in connection with linear project land acquisitions and surface leasesActing as lead leasing counsel for institutional and privately held landlords and tenants in connection with lease preparation, negotiations and related property management matters for regional shopping centres, power centres, enclosed malls, lifestyle centres, office tower complexes and multi-tenanted industrial parksActing for buyers and sellers of various retail malls, shopping centres, office buildings and industrial buildings, including multi-unit, strata-titled propertiesActing for various developers in connection with corporate structuring of development ventures, site acquisition, subsequent development work and project marketing and presale matters for various residential and mixed use projects throughout British Columbia, including projects using air-space subdivision and geothermal utility systemsActing as lead real estate counsel for pension fund in connection with its indirect acquisition of Canadian portfolio of manufactured home communitiesActing as British Columbia counsel to mortgage lender to major ski resort operator as part of credit facilities advanced in connection with operator’s initial public offeringActing as British Columbia counsel to seniors care facility operator in connection with its acquisition of seniors care facilityActing for developer of various ground-leasehold interests in Port Metro Vancouver industrial park facility, including attending to rail access mattersActing for commercial real estate brokerage in connection with preparation of standard form land assembly sales packageActing for industrial manufacturer in connection with sale/leaseback of its Canadian portfolio of manufacturing facilitiesActing for British Columbia utility in connection with various real estate matters, including statutory rights of way and related tenure mattersActing for restaurant chain operator in connection with opening of new restaurant locations and capital raisingActing for buyer of cranberry farm and related farming operationsActing for developer in connection with development of heritage property and related heritage incentive matters including density transfers

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