Amanda practices in the area of corporate/commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex construction and infrastructure claims, product liability, real estate disputes, professional liability and commercial contract claims.
She has represented clients and assisted as junior counsel on matters before all levels of court in Alberta, and British Columbia’s Supreme Court. Amanda also has experience with various administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies, domestic and international arbitrations, and pre-trial mediations and dispute resolution processes.
Before joining Hunter Litigation, Amanda articled and practiced at an international law firm in Calgary, Alberta. Amanda received her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2020, where she was involved with several student initiatives. Most memorably, Amanda sat on the Indigenous Law Students’ Association executive committee for all three years of law school and was elected in as President for her final year. Amanda is a proud member of Zagime Anishinabek First Nations in Saskatchewan.
Amanda Richards successfully represented her client in an application set aside a default judgment originally obtained by the respondent bank. Justice Hughes determined that a “failure to set aside the default judgment in these circumstances would result in a grossly unfair outcome and thereby give rise to a miscarriage of justice”. The Court ordered the funds garnished from the client to be returned, that the respondent was not entitled to any of its costs in respect of the default judgment, and granted her client leave to file a response to civil claim. The reasons for judgment in Royal Bank of Canada v Rose, 2022 BCSC 1472 can be found here.
On April 29, Claire Hunter was a panelist at the 18th National Symposium on Class Actions put on by Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development. Claire presented on current issues in class action practice in British Columbia on the “Cross Country Check-up” panel.
Claire Hunter led a team including Hunter Litigation Chambers associates Susan Humphrey, Amanda Richards and Stacey Waterman and co-counsel Nicholas Isaac representing Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia and the Minister of Education of the Province of British Columbia in a successful motion to strike a number of paragraphs of the notice of civil claim filed by the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique. Justice Gomery’s reasons for judgment are available here.
HLC congratulates Amanda Richards on being awarded the 2021 Courage in Law Award for 2021 by the UBC Indigenous Law Students Association. The annual Courage in Law Award was created by the Association to recognize distinguished professional or academic accomplishments relating to courageous leadership and outstanding service. Recipients of the award are champions who display the highest ideals of the legal community in respect of the advancement of legal services for Indigenous peoples and fostering diversity within the legal profession.