Meet Jim Ramsay
Jim was called to the BC Bar in 1971. His practice includes everything from purchasing to developing to mortgaging to secured transactions to commercial leasing to First Nations leases to condominium law, to corporate transactions to wills and estates.
Jim's commercial lending expertise ranges from loan agreements and commitment letters to mortgages to general security agreements to share pledges to debentures to complex secured transactions including transactions where title to the land being used as security is held by a bare nominee trustee company for a joint venture or partnership developer. In this regard, Jim has acted both for institutional and private lenders including many of the chartered banks and local credit unions.
Jim has been involved as counsel to many well-known developers and commercial lenders in the Okanagan in the last 35 years. He has provided legal guidance for the creation of a large number of very successful residential and commercial developments throughout the Okanagan region both on freehold and First Nations leasehold land. This would include all aspects of the property development from disclosure statement to statutory rights of way and covenants, negotiations with municipal authorities, consulting with developers’ advisors such as engineers and surveyors, to finalization of the registration process in the Land Title Office and sale of developed properties.
In preparation for his eventual transition to full retirement in the next few years, Jim merged his practice and staff into Kelly Cairns’ practice at Thomas Butler LLP in December 2009. He remains in active part time practice at his Thomas Butler LLP office in Landmark II thereby providing continuity and support for his clients as Mr. Cairns gradually assumes full responsibility for the practice.
In his spare time Jim is an avid snow skier in the winter and during the summer months he can be seen on a golf course, kayaking on a local lake, biking, or spending family time with his grandchildren.
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), the University of Calgary, 1967
Bachelor of Law (LLB), University of British Columbia, 1970
Called to the Bar (Legal) in British Columbia, 1971