Shannon Ramsay


Shannon Ramsay is counsel at Hunter Litigation Chambers practicing general civil and administrative litigation. She represents clients in a wide range of disputes in British Columbia courts, commercial arbitrations and various administrative proceedings, and has a particular interest in gaming law and access to information and privacy law.

Shannon obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 2001 and then clerked for a year with the British Columbia Supreme Court, providing legal research and drafting support to six Supreme Court judges. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2003.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

British Columbia v. Canadian Forest Products Ltd., 2018 BCCA 124 (Co-counsel with Mark Oulton) Acting as counsel for Canadian Forest Products in the B.C. Court of Appeal in an action involving the interpretation of the Wildfire Regulation and the liabilities arising from a wildfire.

Order F15-66, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2015 BCIPC 72: represented British Columbia Lottery Corporation in OIPC Inquiry regarding the application of FIPPA s.13 (advice or recommendations) and s.17 (harm to financial interests of public body) to withhold disclosure of records relating to marketing. 

Metropole Enterprises Ltd. v. Metropole Investments Limited Partnership, 2015 BCSC 421 (with Mark Oulton): counsel for Metropole Investments Limited Partnership in obtaining a successful result in a commercial rent dispute and defending an application for leave to appeal the associated arbitration award.

Haghdust v. British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2014 BCSC 1327 (with Randy Kaardal, Q.C. and Brent Olthuis): successfully represented the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) in one of British Columbia's first common issues trials under the Class Proceedings legislation. In the result, the Court upheld BCLC's right to withhold jackpots from individuals excluded gaming facilities by reason of their enrolment in a Voluntary Self Exclusion program.

Ross v. British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2014 BCSC 320 (with K. Michael Stephens, Mark Oulton and Brent Olthuis): represented British Columbia Lottery Corporation in claim by self-excluded gambler for recovery of gambling losses.

Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2009 BCSC 1494 (with John Hunter, Q.C., Gib van Ert and others): various pre-trial proceedings and trial relating to claim for aboriginal rights and title to commercial fishery.

Law Society of B.C. v. Dempsey, 2007 BCSC 442 (with Peter Voith, Q.C.): successful contempt of court application arising out of breach of order prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law.



Co-author, "Civil Procedure – Court Rules" in the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's Annual Review of Law & Practice (2006-2013)



April 2019

On April 8, the Advocates Society held a Women in Litigation Symposium in Vancouver, with Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada as the keynote speaker. Claire Hunter, QC and Miranda Lam of McCarthy Tétrault LLP were co-chairs of the sold-out event. In addition to Claire, Shannon Ramsay was a mentor for the roundtable discussions and Kimberley Knapp, Rebecca Robb, Nicole Gilewicz, Julia Roos, Aubin Calvert, Sarah Chaster, Caitlin Ehman and students Susan Humphrey and Megan Chambers attended.

July 2018

CBABC has appointed Shannon Ramsay to sit on the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of BC for a one year term commencing September 1, 2018.

February 2018

On February 23, Michael Stephens and Shannon Ramsay were on the faculty for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s “Civil Litigation Basics 2018” program. Mike spoke as one of the presenters of the “Advocacy Practice Panel” and Shannon presented on the topic of “Organizing your Evidence (Including Documents)”.

October 2017

Shannon Ramsay attended the inaugural Canadian Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum in Toronto on October 18.

July 2016

Mark Oulton, Shannon Ramsay and Caily DiPuma successfully defended Canadian Forest Products Ltd. in respect of a $5.5 million claim arising out of alleged negligence and breach of contract relating to a 6,100 hectare wildfire occurring in 2010 near Vanderhoof, BC. The reasons for judgment can be found here.

January 2016

We are pleased to announce that Shannon Ramsay has accepted our invitation to become one of the Counsel with the firm. Called to the bar in 2003, Shannon joined the firm in 2005. She practices in the areas of civil litigation, administration and gaming law.

March 2015

Mark Oulton and Shannon Ramsay were counsel for the landlord in successfully defending an application for leave to appeal from an arbitration award in a commercial rent dispute. Reasons for judgment can be found here: Metropole Enterprises Ltd. v. Metropole Investments Limited Partnership. Mark and Shannon were also counsel for the landlord in the underlying arbitration.

March 2014

Mike Stephens and Mark Oulton successfully defended the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in an action brought by a member of BCLC's Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program in Ross v. British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2014 BCSC 320. The decision is the first of its kind in Canada to consider whether a casino operator owes a duty of care to a member of a voluntary self-exclusion program. In its decision the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that there was no negligence in BCLC's operation of the voluntary self-exclusion program, and also dismissed claims brought against BCLC on grounds of unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty. Brent Olthuis and Shannon Ramsay also participated in the trial resulting in the judgment.