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Commercial Litigation
Construction Law


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



  • English


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

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.


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…

Dealing With a Builder’s Lien

June 25, 2019

A builder’s lien is a legal interest that can be registered on title to a property as security for an alleged debt for work or materials in relation to an improvement. Having a lien placed on the title to your property can come as a shock and can cause issues for the owner of the…

Builders Lien Holdbacks

April 9, 2019

The Builders Lien Holdback is a point of confusion amongst parties involved in all types of construction projects. The holdback is in place to limit the liability of parties in the payment chain of a project while setting aside some funds for unpaid parties lower on the chain. Many believe that a holdback is not…