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Susan Humphrey

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Susan is developing a broad litigation practice in civil, criminal, and administrative law. She both summered and articled with the firm before joining as an associate in 2019.

Susan has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in British Columbia and has represented clients before a number of administrative bodies such as the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Law Society of British Columbia, and Rowing Canada. She is an active volunteer with Access Pro Bono.

Susan received a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Civil Law through McGill University’s bilingual joint degree program in 2017. During her final semester of law school, Susan studied abroad at the University of Cape Town, where she focused on constitutional, administrative, and criminal law.

While at law school, Susan participated in the Laskin moot, where she and her partner were the top ranked pair and the McGill team placed first overall. Susan also volunteered with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill and completed a clerkship with the Honourable Justice Patrick Healy at the Court of Quebec, Criminal Division and the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Prior to entering the field of law, Susan worked on Parliament Hill and studied politics at Mount Allison University and the University of Oxford. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010.

Originally from New Brunswick, Susan is fluent in both English and French.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Callaghan v. Charbonneau, 2022 BCCA 167 (with assistance from Kelly Firth): counsel for the respondent mother in successfully defending an appeal from an order finding there had been no material change in circumstances to justify a fresh analysis of the consent parenting schedule the appellant father sought to vary.

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia, 2022 BCSC 540 (with Claire E. Hunter, Q.C. and co-counsel Nicholas J. Isaac): counsel for 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.

Copeland, Craven, Heron and others v. Williams, RWCA 20-0001 (with Diana Sepúlveda): counsel for five complainants in successful complaints made to Rowing Canada against a former varsity rowing coach. The Panel’s decision included findings of harassment, abusing the power imbalance inherent in a coaching position, and failing to ensure a safe training environment, among others.

Cid de la Torre v. Legal Services Society, 2020 BCHRT 30 (with Paul D. Heisler): counsel for the Legal Services Society in a successful application to dismiss a complaint made to the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

Order F21-49 British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2021 BCIPC 57 (with Brian Duong): counsel for the public body BCLC in an inquiry under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996, c. 165, successfully defending BCLC’s decision to refuse applicant access to the name(s) and hometown(s) of the winner(s) of the April 25, 2018 Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

News

News

June 2022

A Hunter Litigation Chambers team comprised of Bill Smart, Q.C., Brian Duong, Julia Roos, Susan Humphrey, Simone Penney, and others represented a major participant in the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. A copy of the Commission’s final report can be found here.

May 2022

Susan Humphrey successfully defended an appeal from an order finding there had been no material change in circumstances to justify a fresh analysis of the consent parenting schedule the appellant father sought to vary. Kelly Firth assisted in the preparation of the materials for the appeal. A copy of the decision can be found here.

A Hunter Litigation Chambers team led by Claire Hunter Q.C., with the assistance of associates Simone Penney, Maryanna Dinh, Susan Humphrey and Nathan Wells following a 4-day hearing obtained a judgment setting aside an ex parte Mareva injunction against our client.

April 2022

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.

April 2021

Susan Humphrey and Diana Sepúlveda represented five Complainants in respect of complaints filed with Rowing Canada against a former varsity rowing coach. The five complaints were heard by a panel of three independent decision-makers. The Panel found that the Respondent had committed a number of violations of the applicable Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics in respect of two of the Complainants. The Panel’s decision included findings of harassment, abusing the power imbalance inherent in a coaching position, and failing to ensure a safe training environment, among others. A copy of the Panel’s decision can be found here.

February 2020

Paul Heisler and Susan Humphrey were successful in an application to dismiss a complaint made to the BC Human Rights Tribunal against their client, the Legal Services Society. The decision can be found here.