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Construction Law
Commercial Litigation


  • Bachelor of Commerce, UBC
  • JD, Thompson Rivers University



  • British Columbia Construction Association - Director
  • Southern Interior Construction Association - Director
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Kelowna Bar Association

Nathan MacDermott

B.Comm., J.D.

Nathan is an Associate practicing in Civil and Commercial Litigation, with an overall focus on construction matters. He spent the summer of 2016 as an Articling Student with Pihl Law corporation and returned to complete his articles in the Spring of 2017 after completing his JD at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Before returning to school to study law in 2014, Nathan had been involved in the construction industry since 2003 when he started a flooring installation company in Victoria. Nathan moved his business to the Okanagan in 2006 and expanded his business in 2008 to provide general contractor services.

Since joining Pihl Law Corporation, Nathan has worked on a broad number of matters, assisting with civil, commercial and construction disputes as well as with the negotiation of settlements, and the drafting of contracts and other agreements. With more than 10 years’ experience in business and in the construction industry Nathan brings an important practical perspective to his advice to clients.

Nathan has spoken at legal seminars on builders liens and other construction law matters. He has also written a number of articles about construction contracts and the use of technology by contractors in those contracts.

When he is not in the office Nathan can often be found at the gym, spending time with his family, or skiing and biking at Big White.


Impact of COVID-19 on Construction Projects?

April 17, 2020

In light of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on all industries throughout the world, this article will discuss how a force majeure clause could impact a construction project. Although outside of the standard form construction contracts (i.e. CCDC contracts) each contract will likely have its own specific language relating to force majeure events.…

Proposed Simplification of the Builders Lien Act

February 25, 2020

The current version of the Builders Lien Act, SBC 1997, ch. 45 (the “Act”) is legislation put into place by the Province to provide security and certainty for parties engaged in the construction of improvements. Unfortunately, the Act contains a number of provisions that make it difficult to understand and in some cases difficult to…

Limitations on the use of Progressive Release and Statutory Declarations

October 3, 2019

Section 7 of the Builders Lien Act allows for what is commonly known as the progressive release of the holdback funds during the course of a project. These provisions of the Act are commonly used on larger projects to allow subcontractors to receive the holdback funds in relation to their specific work by requesting the…