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Austen Erhardt

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Austen is building a diverse litigation practice, with a focus on commercial, constitutional, administrative and environmental law.

Austen received his J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2023, graduating as a Wesbrook Scholar. As a law student, he volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, Pro Bono Students Canada and the UBC Law Review, worked as a research assistant, and was co-chair of the UBC Environmental Law Group.

Austen received several awards throughout his time at law school, including course prizes for Contract Law, Public International Law, and the Business Law Clinic. He was also a finalist in the Laskin Moot, receiving the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy.

Prior to law school, Austen worked as a communications and strategy consultant. Austen joined Hunter Litigation Chambers as a summer student in 2022, and began his articles the following year.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Ratanshi v. Kalra, 2024 BCSC 283 (with Brian Duong): acted for the plaintiffs Hanif Ratanshi, Hanifs Foods Ltd. and Hanif’s International Foods Ltd. in successfully obtaining a pre-trial asset freezing order (also known as a Mareva injunction) against the defendants Guruji Foods Inc. and their principal. Counsel was also successful in opposing a pre-hearing objection to the admissibility of two of the plaintiffs’ reply affidavits (2024 BCSC 393).