Bernard Lau Profile

Bernard Lau is the founding lawyer of Bernard Lau and Co. He practices in the areas of civil litigation, real estate law with an emphasis on non-strata property litigation, deposit forfeitures, and builders liens, in addition to his solicitor's practice in conveyancing, assisting clients with the purchase, sale and re-finance of their homes. Bernard also provides personal estate planning services for clients such as drafting Wills, Power of Attorney, Representation agreements, Advance directives and applying for Probate.

Bernard has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. In particular, he has experience appearing as lead counsel for all stages of trial in both the BC Provincial Court and the BC Supreme Court, having represented both purchasers and sellers on real estate transactions, as well as builders and homeowners in real estate litigation. In addition, Bernard has experience with appellate work, having prepared appeals and appearing on behalf of clients in the BC Court of Appeal.

Specifically, Bernard has advised clients on or litigated the following real estate matters


  • Collapsed conveyance transactions
  • Forfeiture of deposits for real estate transactions
  • Filing and discharging property liens including Builder's Liens and Certificates of Pending Litigation
  • Freezing of real property assets under dispute
  • Property interest disputes including Court-ordered sale of property interests under the BC Partition of Property Act
  • Disputes with property deficiencies, misrepresentation of contractual terms & property disclosure statements, and breaches of real estate contracts
  • General civil litigation and breach of contract disputes
  • Will making, personal estate planning service and Probate matters

Bernard earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Real Estate at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He has contributed his legal research to a variety of published papers by Dr. Janis Sarra of the National Centre for Business Law on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law.

Bernard has been interviewed or has provided legal commentary in the Vancouver Sun, Global News, Sing Tao, Ming Pao and South China Morning Post, and his Court cases have garnered media reporting in the BBC News, CBC News, CTV News, the Toronto Star, Business in Vancouver, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post.

Bernard speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.


The University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com. with Honours) – 2007
Juris Doctor (J.D.) – 2011

Sylvia Qi

Sylvia Qi is an associate lawyer of Bernard Lau and Co. She started with the firm as an articled student then joined as an associate upon being called to the BC Bar. Sylvia practices mainly in the areas of real estate law, including advising and assisting clients with the purchase, sale and re-finance of their homes. Sylvia also provides personal estate planning services, such as drafting wills, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Advice Directives and applying for Probate.

Sylvia was born, raised and educated in China. After earning her Bachelor degree in Hong Kong, she worked with an international luxury hotel acclaimed for its hospitality services. After moving to Vancouver a few years ago, Sylvia then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia. Her cross-cultural background allows her to assist a wide range of clients across a variety of demographics. Sylvia believes in giving back to the community and has volunteered with various organizations including UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Canada China Business Council.

Sylvia speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

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Bernard Lau & Co. remains fully operational during the COVID-19 health emergency. Our commitment to providing excellent client service is still a priority. While you may be used to coming in to our office to drop off your information and to meet with us in person, we are recommending the following alternatives: phone calls or video conferences may be scheduled in lieu of face-to-face meetings, and your personal information can be emailed to us at your convenience. We are providing remote signing for conveyancing.Learn More