Sarah Chaster is developing a general litigation practice with a broad focus on civil disputes, regulatory law and criminal law.
Sarah received her JD from the University of Victoria in 2017, where she participated in the Law Centre clinical program as well as the University of Victoria’s intensive Criminal Law term. Prior to joining Hunter Litigation Chambers, Sarah completed her summer articles at a leading criminal litigation firm and later served as a law clerk to the Right Honourable Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Trevor Bant and Sarah Chaster appealed an order dividing two spouses’ family property unequally, acting for the spouse who received the smaller share. The reasons for judgment (which can be found here) provide guidance on the legal test for unequal division of family property and the factors a trial judge may consider when exercising his or her discretion to divide family property unequally.
Claire Hunter, QC with the assistance of Sarah Chaster acted for a lawyer on a significant matter relating to the right of a 14-year old to obtain medical treatment for gender dysphoria over the objections of his father. The father had named the lawyer who was acting for the child in a family proceeding seeking the right to obtain the medical treatment on an application he brought for an interlocutory injunction seeking to restrain the medical treatment from proceeding. The Court ordered that the child had capacity to consent to the medical treatment and dismissed the father's injunction application. The reasons are available here.
We are pleased to welcome Sarah Chaster to the firm as an associate. Between 2017 and 2018 she served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada. Sarah was called to the Ontario and British Columbia Bars in 2018.