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June 2020

Bill Smart, Q.C. and Trevor Bant acted for the Law Society in a review of a professional misconduct decision of a hearing panel of the Law Society Tribunal. The review, which was decided in favour of the Law Society, concerned the correct approach to lawyers’ misconduct where there are issues of substance abuse or mental health.

The Advocates’ Society’s board of directors ratified the appointments of Mark Oulton and Brent Olthuis as, respectively, vice-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy practice group and member-at-large for the Commercial Litigation Practice Group for the 2020-21 term.

Hunter Litigation Chambers is pleased to announce that Randy Kaardal, Q.C. has been named Labour & Employment Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation (see press release). We congratulate Randy on this well-deserved recognition.

May 2020

Law Society Award

The May 2020 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine identifies Hunter Litigation Chambers as one of the top ten litigation boutiques in Canada. This marks the sixth time in a row the magazine has given the firm this distinction, and speaks to the firm’s depth of talent and ability to develop top tier litigation counsel. We are very proud of this achievement and thank our clients for their trust and confidence over the years.

Hunter Litigation Chambers is a proud sponsor of the KidSafe annual golf tournament. Since the golf tournament is unable to proceed in 2020, HLC is pleased to convert its sponsorship to a donation so KidSafe can continue providing its wonderful programs to at-risk children and their families during COVID-19. We thank KidSafe and their amazing members and volunteers for this important contribution to our community.

Mark Oulton and Nicole Gilewicz successfully obtained an order dismissing an application brought under s. 31 of the Arbitration Act seeking leave to appeal from an arbitral award relating to the proper interpretation of a replaceable road construction agreement. A copy of the decision can be found here.

Randy Kaardal comments on employment law issues during the COVID-19 pandemic in a CTV news interview. Read the full article here.

Mark Oulton and Alex Bjornson co-authored a piece on the potential implications of COVID-19 for commercial leases with David Martin of Stirling LLP. A copy of the article may be found here.

Law Society Award

April 2020

HLC is pleased to continue to receive the highest ranking of “Highly Recommended” in Benchmark Canada 2020. This is a testament to the talent and hard work of our individual lawyers, seven of whom have been ranked as “Litigation Stars” by Benchmark. Congratulations to Bill Smart Q.C., Randy Kaardal, Q.C., Claire Hunter, Q.C., Mike Stephens, Mark Oulton, Brent Olthuis and Ryan Dalziel.

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Hunter Litigation Chambers has again been ranked in Lexpert Canada Directory 2020 in the areas of Litigation-Corporate Commercial and Forestry Law. In addition, six of our Counsel have been again recognized by Canadian Legal Lexpert 2020 Directory in a wide variety of practice areas: Randy Kaardal, Q.C. (Employment), Claire Hunter, Q.C. (Corp/Comm Litigation), Mike Stephens (Corp/Comm Litigation), Mark Oulton (Forestry Law), Brent Olthuis (Corp/Comm Litigation) and Ryan Dalziel (Corp/Comm Litigation and Regulatory & Public Law). Congratulations to all for this well-earned recognition.

Brent Olthuis was elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. The ISOB is a society with a regular membership of fewer than 750 lawyers in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Scotland and Ireland. Fellows of the Society are adjudged by their peers and judges to be “outstanding in the field of advocacy”, and are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in their professional relationships.

Lexpert has now released the list of finalists in its Canadian Law Awards 2020. Hunter Litigation Chambers is honoured to be named in the category of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year. We also congratulate Claire Hunter, Q.C. who is a finalist for the Woman of the Year award. Both of these nominations are, we believe, a testament to the depth, experience and talent of the HLC team. The winners will be announced at an event in Toronto on October 6th. We congratulate all nominees and are gratified to be named among such impressive firms and lawyers.

Randy Kaardal, Q.C. is named as a finalist in the Labour/Employment Lawyer category of the Benchmark Canada awards 2020. Unfortunately, the award dinner in April has been cancelled, but winners will be announced on May 28th. The firm congratulates Randy and his fellow nominees for this well-deserved recognition.

March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: March 17, 2020

Trevor Bant obtained an order granting leave to the College of Physicians and Surgeons to intervene in two appeals dealing with the constitutionality of a provision of the Health Professions Act.

Trevor Bant represented the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the penalty phase of a contempt of court proceeding. On the strength of Trevor’s submissions, the court ordered that the contemnor Maria Ezzati pay a fine of $5,000 as well as 50 per cent of the client’s special costs. A copy of the court’s judgment is available here.

Brent Olthuis was in the news following his client’s execution of a civil search and seizure order obtained in February. Media coverage can be found here and here.

February 2020

Brent Olthuis and Trevor Bant obtained a civil search and seizure order under section 29 of the Health Professions Act, permitting inspectors of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia to search for evidence of the unlawful practice of medicine.

Trevor Bant and Caitlin Ehman successfully resisted an appeal from a child support order, acting for the recipient of child support. The reasons for judgment, which are available here, provide guidance a variety of procedural and substantive issues relating to child support orders.

Mark Oulton served as co-moderator of a panel discussion put on by the Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy and the Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Groups of The Advocates’ Society entitled “Bell & Vavilov: The SCC’s impact on standard of review, administrative law and arbitration decisions.” Panel members included the Honourable Marshall Rothstein, former SCC justice, Barbara Jackman, counsel for the Respondent in Vavilov and Brandon Kain, counsel for Bell.

We are pleased to announce that Kenneth Leung has rejoined the firm. Ken practiced with the firm for several years, before moving to act as general counsel and corporate secretary for a TSX listed pulp and paper company. HLC is fortunate to have Ken’s skills and expertise back within the firm.

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.

January 2020

Trevor Bant represented the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia on an application to set the penalty for a contempt of court, after Maria Ezzati was found to have practised medicine contrary to an injunction. The court has reserved judgment on the matter.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal issued reasons on January 10, 2020 in a significant family appeal relating to the right of the 14-year old transgender teenager identified as AB to consent to gender affirming medical treatment over the objections of his father. The Court confirmed that AB was entitled to consent to the medical treatment and dismissed the appeal from this aspect of the order below. Claire Hunter, QC and Sarah Chaster, together with barbara findlay, QC and Kay Scorer, were counsel to AB on the appeal. The team was assisted by UBC student Devin Eeg during his summer articles at Hunter Litigation Chambers.

Aubin Calvert obtained leave to appeal for her client pursuant to s. 193(e) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on the question of whether fraudulent intent is required to revoke the discharge of a trustee under s. 41(8) of the Act. The reasons of the Court of Appeal judge in chambers granting leave are here.

Claire Hunter, QC, with the assistance of articling student Diana Sepulveda successfully resisted an application by the Egg Marketing Board to summarily dismiss the appeal of our egg farm client. The appeal will now proceed before the Farm Industry Review Board.

Brent Olthuis presented a guest lecture to the Thompson Rivers University third-year law class, as part of the law school’s mandatory trial advocacy course, on the topic “Trial Preparation and Theory of the Case”.

Claire E. Hunter, QC has been appointed to the Law Society of British Columbia’s Access to Justice Advisory Committee for the 2020 term. Claire has also been appointed to the Western Canada Advisory Board for McGill University.