Scott T. Johnston brings more than 18 years of experience as a solicitor to CBM Lawyers after practicing with a downtown Vancouver business law firm. Scott advises clients on corporate/commercial, commercial real estate, residential purchase and sale, mortgages and leases, banking and secured lending. Scott joined the partnership on January 1, 2015.

Scott and his wife, Tamara, are the proud parents of their sons Alexander and Maxwell and also Henry, a black Labrador Retriever.

Representative Work:

Scott’s experience includes the following:

Commercial Real Estate Development

  • Counsel for the developer in respect of the complex purchase and land assembly, purchase and construction financing, consolidation, subdivision, negotiation of site development control and subdivision servicing agreements with the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
    Counsel for the developer in the stratification, disclosure statements, marketing, and sale to purchasers of a 23 bare land strata lot lakefront development known as “Lakecrest” at Alta Lake, Whistler, British Columbia.
  • Acted as counsel in respect of the $45 million acquisition and purchase financing of “Whistler’s Marketplace”, a 70,000 square foot retail mall consisting of 36 strata titles in Whistler, British Columbia.
  • Acted as counsel in the $16 million acquisition and purchase financing of the 79,000 square foot “Valley Centre” shopping centre in Langley, British Columbia.


  • Counsel for the purchaser in respect of over 50 share and asset purchase transactions across Canada, representing the hiring of over 600 employees and involving sales of more than $152 million.
  • Counsel for the purchaser for the $20 million acquisition of a chain of Autoplan insurance agencies.
  • Comprehensive legal work and experience acting for both purchasers and vendors in the purchase and sale of assets and shares.
    Advising on the formation, structuring, and restructuring of various business associations and incorporations, and partnerships, including corporate reorganizations.
  • Drafting and negotiating corporate/commercial contracts and shareholders’ agreements, non-competition agreements, employment and consulting agreements, commercial and residential leases, and website agreements, including terms of use and privacy policies for online ventures.


  • LL.B. 2000 – University of British Columbia
  • B.A. (Honours Political Science – 3rd year) – University of British Columbia
  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia, 2001

Scott's Community Involvement:

  • Director (British Columbia) of the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Corporation of Canada (2018 - present).
  • Committee Member – SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (2017 - present)
  • Legal Counsel to the Langley 2014 BC Seniors Games Society.
  • Past President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce (2017 – 2019).
  • President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce (2015-2017 ).
  • Vice-President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce (2014 – 2015).
  • Community Director (Langley City) of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce (2012 – 2014).
  • Director of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce (2011 – 2012).
  • Scott has been a principal actor in the Carousel Theatre/Touchstone Theatre/Arts Club Theatre productions of 10 Lawyer Shows, including roles as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, all performed at the Stanley Theatre and the Waterfront Theatre to raise funds for local charities.
  • Guest Instructor (Professional Legal Training Course) “Buying and Selling a Business”, Law Society of B.C. (2014 – ).