Peter Collins

Peter Collins: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

Peter Collins is an experienced business lawyer focused on helping investors, landlords, tenants and others involved in commercial real estate transactions in Alberta and elsewhere in western Canada. Peter is especially deep in acquisition, leasing, financing and other complex commercial property matters, often involving office buildings and shopping centres. He frequently leads teams in major acquisitions.

Regardless of the size, location or type of client or transaction, my role is to provide strategic guidance to our clients and to educate them about their deal risks and tactics - in a clear and practical fashion - so that they can make an informed choice about the best way forward, Peter explained.

Clients rely on Peter for help with a wide range of business issues. His years as a former litigator and as an in-house lawyer at Petro-Canada - now Suncor Energy - have given him a valuable, go-to perspective on what makes a deal work. And, he added, I started in a smaller firm where I had a general business law practice serving a lot of small to medium-sized businesses. That work taught me the need to be practical and to always keep the bigger picture in mind. This helps when I'm the senior person leading a team on a complicated deal or providing strategic advice to a business client. As a result, Peter has wide-ranging experience in business law, including construction, business litigation, foreclosures, insolvency and other commercial disputes and transactions.

Most of Peter's clients are now mid-sized and larger, including pension funds, private equity funds, REITs, a chartered bank with real estate transactions throughout western Canada, and other institutional investors, landlords, tenants and related service providers.

Clients don't deal with lawyers because they have a love of the law. They want to get deals done. That takes certainty, clarity, a detail-oriented thoroughness and practicality. My clients want to know what they're facing. Getting deals done also takes ample toughness, a quality my years as a litigator have given me.

Outside of Work

I'm a reasonably advanced skier, Peter explained. I can handle just about any terrain, and love powder days the best, though hastening to add, I don't huck cliffs. He also likes to bike (mountain and road), hike and travel. Recent destinations? The American Rockies, Switzerland, Indochina...to name a few.

Honours and Awards

George Bligh O'Connor Silver Medal in Law, University of Alberta 1982
Jones Black Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in First Year Law
Bishop & McKenzie Prize in Company and Commercial Law
Chief Justice L.S. Turcotte Award
Faculty of Law Dean's List 1981-1982
Province of Alberta Scholarship
Volunteer of the Year award, SkiMeisters Alpine Racers 2002
Best Lawyers International Best Lawyers 2017
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Best Lawyers International Best Lawyers 2017

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Peter:

Law Courses for Real Property Administrators Mount Royal College 1996 & 1998
Sessional Lecturer: Bar Admission Course - Real Estate Legal Education Society of Alberta 1995

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Peter:

Understanding Landlord and Tenant Rights in Today's Changing Market (Panelist) Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference May 2013
Commercial Property Transactions Calgary Real Estate Board - Commercial Realtors June 2012
Negotiating in Today's Market Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference June 2012
Commercial Leases - Rights and Remedies Calgary Real Estate Board - Commercial Realtors November 2011
Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference - Green Leases and Green Buildings Commercial Property Owners, Brokers and Property Managers October 2011
Commercial Leasing - Negotiating a Commercial Property Lease May 2010
Commercial Leasing Landlord Rights & Remedies Field Law Clients and Guests November 17, 2009
Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference Commercial Property Owners, Brokers and Property Managers 2009
Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference Commercial Property Owners, Brokers and Property Managers 2008
Basics of Licensing Technology & Software Field Law Clients and Guests April 2006
Commercial Leasing CBA Young Lawyers section 2002 and 2006
Bar Admission Course - Real Estate Legal Education Society of Alberta 1995

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Calgary Elbow Wildrose Alliance Constituency Association President 2012-2013
Calgary Elbow Wildrose Alliance Constituency Association Vice President - Communications 2009-2011
Sunshine Alpine Racers Vice President, Communications 2006-2008
Alpine Racing Programs (Alpine Chair) - Sunshine Alpine Racers Vice-President 2004-2006
Sunshine Alpine Racers Board Member 2003-2008
Alberta Alpine Ski Association Member, Alpine Chairs Committee 2004-2006
SkiMeisters Alpine Racers Board Member 2000-2002
Mayfair Bel-Aire Community Association Board Member 1995-2000
City of Calgary Approving Authority for Campaigns for Public Contributions Chair 1988-1988
Theatre Calgary Banff/Calgary Road Race Member, Organizing Committee 1985-1986
Alpine Canada Alpin National Official 1999-2009
Conservative Party of Canada Member
Building Owners and Managers Association Former Member
Calgary Chamber of Commerce Former Member
City of Calgary Approving Authority for Campaigns for Public Contributions Member 1987-1988

Published Works

Articles

Disasters and Property Leases - Don't Get Hit Twice The Advisor December 2012
Battle of the Forms The Advisor Spring 2011
Software Licensing The Advisor Spring 2010
Slip, Fall and Pay Bricks & Mortar December 2000
The E-Commerce Puzzle The Entrepreneur April 2000
Leave No Stone Unturned The Corporate Advantage April 2000
Landlords, Competition and the Law Bricks & Mortar Spring 2000
Paperless Documents - Part of the E-Commerce Puzzle The Entrepreneur 2000
DCTs Go Into History Bricks & Mortar Winter 1999
Assignments, Consents and Unreasonable Landlords Bricks & Mortar Winter 1999
Be Ethical or Be Sued Bricks & Mortar Winter 1999
Lease Renewal Options December 1999
Use 'Em or Lose 'Em? Bricks & Mortar December 1999
When your wish is the law Fall 1999
DCT's Go Into History The Entrepreneur October 1999
Eaton's - A First Class Liquidation Field Law Summer 1999
Reasonable Commercial Efforts, What Does it Mean? Spring 1999
Government Abolishes General Register Bricks & Mortar Summer 1998
Lease Indemnifiers Escape Liability Bricks & Mortar Spring 1998
New Law Makes Building Trespess Illegal Field Law February 1998

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2017 - Best Lawyers International

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Business
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Transactional and Corporate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8516  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com/lawyer_overview.asp?lawyerID=36
Year of First admission:
1983
Admission:
1983, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South) Past Chair 2014-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South) Chair 2012-2014
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South) Vice-Chair 2011-2012
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Real Property - Commercial Section (South) Executive Member 2009-2010
Law Society of Alberta 1983-Present
Alberta Law Review, Editorial Board 1980-1982
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) Registered Trade Mark Agent 1993-2013
International Council of Shopping Centers, Membership Member 2012-Present
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Member 2006-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Peter and are representative of Peter's experience. Kalau v. Dahl [1985] A.J. No. 572 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1985
ISLN:
908266638

Peer Reviews

  • 4.5/5.0 (14)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    4.5/5.0
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    4.6/5.0
  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/18/15 in Corporate Commercial Law on 04/18/15

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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/18/15 in Commercial Real Estate on 04/18/15

    • Legal Knowledge

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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/18/15 in Real Estate on 04/18/15

    • Legal Knowledge

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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/18/15 in Corporate Litigation on 04/18/15

    Of absolutely the highest integrity.

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    Of absolutely the highest integrity.

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Senior Associate on 04/02/15 in Commercial Real Estate on 04/02/15

    A very solid and reasonable lawyer.

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    A very solid and reasonable lawyer.

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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 02/08/13 in Real Estate on 02/08/13

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/07/11 in Commercial Law on 10/07/11

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • Peter Collins

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/03/11 in Commercial Real Estate Contracts on 10/03/11

    I have always found Peter to be extremely knowledgeable, effective, and professional.

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    I have always found Peter to be extremely knowledgeable, effective, and professional.

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  • Peter Collins

    4.6/5.0 by a Other Legal Professional on 04/02/15 in Real Property on 04/02/15

    Peter is an excellent attorney I have worked with for many years in Alberta. He is always a pleasure to work with and provides excellent advice

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    Peter is an excellent attorney I have worked with for many years in Alberta. He is always a pleasure to work with and provides excellent advice

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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  • Peter Collins

    4.0/5.0 by a Principal on 09/26/11 in Real Estate Leasing on 09/26/11

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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