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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

Isabella (Rong) Gao

Isabella is an articled student at Bernard Lau and Co.
She was born and raised in China. Before coming to Canada, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and her Master’s degree from Tsinghua University. After working for China National Petroleum Corporation for more than ten years and participating in several international petroleum engineering & construction projects, she moved to Canada and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Calgary.
Isabella is enthusiastic about volunteering. During law school, she volunteered with UCalgary BLG Business Venture Clinic, UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and Pro Bono Students Canada. At the BLG Business Venture Clinic, she helped many local start-ups with a variety of needs, including drafting Employment Agreements, Shareholders’ Agreements, Contractor Agreements, and incorporation. When volunteering with LSLAP, she assisted clients on various legal issues including immigration law, employment law, and residential tenancy disputes.
Outside of the office, Isabella enjoys traveling, reading, and watching tennis matches.
Isabella speaks fluent Mandarin and English.

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Bachelor of Economics, 2007
Tsinghua University, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A), 2014
University of Calgary, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2021

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