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Litigation: General Commercial — British Columbia


Fasken - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Geoffrey Cowper and Mark Andrews
- 29 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier dispute resolution practice recognised for its ability to handle a wide range of contentious matters in British Columbia. Its client roster comprises a number of prestigious names, including companies in the natural resources, transportation, construction and financial services industries. Offers significant expertise in commercial, securities and shareholder disputes, with additional proficiency in competition litigation, white-collar crime and class actions.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "They are very good on case assessment and management" and praise the team's ability to "stay the course."

The firm stands out for its deep bench, as sources note: "They certainly have excellent lawyers," adding: "They have the best overall bench strength."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Imperial Parking on defeating certification of a class action alleging violations of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act.

Represented RBC in a class action alleging participation in a price-fixing conspiracy to set merchant acceptance fees in credit card transactions.

Significant clients BC Hydro, Microsoft, Nevsun Resources, Canadian Pacific Railway, TELUS.

Notable practitioners

Mark Andrews QC is held in high regard for his expertise in this area, with sources describing him as an "excellent lawyer" and an "absolute leader in British Columbia." Handling a range of matters, including fraud, professional negligence and securities, he represented Mount Polley Mining and Imperial Metals in a lawsuit pertaining to the collapse of the Mount Polley mine.

Interviewees praise Geoffrey Cowper QC as an "exceptional lawyer." He frequently acts on cases in the fields of competition and commercial law, including class actions. He is seen as one of the "top lawyers in British Columbia."

Simon Coval is well regarded for the strength and scope of his business litigation practice, offering particular experience in contractual and securities disputes. Sources consider him to be "one of the best in the city."

Sources praise Andrew Nathanson as "very attentive, detailed and thoughtful in his case analysis," as well as having the ability "to see the best way to get from here to there from a tactical perspective." He has notable expertise in shareholder disputes, white-collar crime and class actions.

Tracey Cohen is described by interviewees as a "very good and very tenacious" lawyer. She represents clients in a broad range of cases, including commercial and corporate litigation and securities disputes. She recently defended Eastern Platinum in a dispute related to a share purchase agreement.

Brook Greenberg acts as counsel on a range of matters, winning particular recognition for his knowledge of banking litigation. Impressed clients remark: "He is extremely articulate," "really knowledgeable and very service-orientated" and "doesn't take unnecessary steps or views."

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Hunter Litigation Chambers - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished boutique firm with a dedicated team of advocates specialising in commercial, corporate and securities litigation, among other areas of expertise. Boasts a strong appellate practice and has a notable track record acting in high-stakes class actions. Advises significant clients from both the public and private sectors, and offers substantial expertise in the forestry sector.

Strengths Commentators describe the firm as a "leader in the BC market" for "bet-the-company type litigation."

Notable practitioners

K Michael Stephens has extensive experience in corporate commercial disputes and land use litigation. He also offers notable expertise in the forestry sector.

Rising star Claire Hunter is considered by peers to be "very smart" and "works very hard." She is active at the trial and appellate level, and frequently acts on complex commercial disputes.

Sources describe Brent Olthuis as "very competent." He offers notable strength in civil and commercial litigation, and is regularly mandated to handle breach of contract and negligence claims, as well as privacy matters. He also advises on matters in regulated sectors, such as healthcare.

Since publication, J Kenneth McEwan has joined McEwan Cooper Dennis LLP

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Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its ability to handle some of the top cases in the province, with a high-quality team of practitioners focusing exclusively on civil and commercial litigation. Represents a significant portfolio of public and private companies in mining claims, contract disputes, shareholder and securities litigation. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence and class actions.

Strengths Market observers report that this "excellent firm" is a "force to be reckoned with" and a "top player in the market."

Work highlights Represented Hong Kong Expo Holdings and Canadian Metropolitan Properties in a contractual dispute relating to the development of a waterfront site in Vancouver.

Defended Great Basin Gold's former directors against a negligence and misrepresentation claim.

Significant clients Google, Rogers Communications, Teck Resources.

Notable practitioners

Irwin Nathanson QC is a distinguished litigator with an "impeccable reputation" in the BC market. He is noted for his extensive experience of corporate commercial disputes and offers additional expertise in securities litigation and professional negligence matters.

Commentators view Stephen Schachter QC as a "leading" figure in the market and describe him as "very good counsel." The core of his litigation practice focuses on business matters, including shareholder disputes, hostile takeovers and professional liability, as well as class actions.

Geoffrey Gomery QC is widely recognised as a "very bright" litigator and has significant experience of complex business disputes, including securities, hostile take-over bids and professional discipline matters.

Randall Hordo QC has well-established experience acting as a litigator in the commercial field. He handles a range of matters in the commercial litigation space, including securities and partnership disputes, professional negligence and product liability.

James MacInnis handles a wide variety of matters, including contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and securities litigation. He also has notable capabilities in the construction, insurance and franchising sectors. Sources state: "He is meticulous, he is intelligent and does things in a timely way."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: William Kaplan and James Sullivan
- 13 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious national firm with a strong dispute resolution team in Vancouver. Recognised for its strength in commercial litigation and class action defence, offering extensive services to clients in the natural resources, technology and manufacturing industries. Standout capabilities in securities, shareholder and insolvency disputes. Boasts additional knowledge of product liability, infrastructure and Aboriginal law matters.

Strengths One impressed interviewee reports: "They are very responsive" and "thoughtful in providing a team and structure."

Work highlights Represented the former CEO of OSE Corp and his wife before the BC Court of Appeal in relation to a Securities Commission ruling which found the defendants liable for market manipulation.

Acted for Sateri on its claim against an employee alleging breach of statutory and fiduciary duties for sharing confidential information with a competitor and diverting a corporate opportunity.

Significant clients Ivanhoé Cambridge, Cascade Divide Enterprises, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Karnalyte Resources.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe William Kaplan QC as "very clever" and "very capable." Boasting an impressive track record of large commercial mandates, he offers additional expertise in insolvency and restructuring, as well as in real estate litigation.

James Sullivan offers particular proficiency in energy and environmental disputes, as well as product liability matters. Particularly noted for his class action practice, he represented Citizens Bank and Vancity Credit Union in a proposed class action relating to prepaid cards.

Peter Rubin has extensive experience acting on contractual disputes, securities litigation and restructuring mandates. Sources say he is "hard-working, bright" and "pleasant to deal with."

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Blakes has one of the largest and most successful Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices in Canada, with top-tier litigators in major business centres across the country, including Vancouver, and an extraordinary depth of local industry knowledge, practice expertise and litigation experience

Our multidisciplinary team is armed with the skills and insights required to achieve favourable results for our clients. With all of the advice and expertise needed under one roof, we leverage best practices across industries and take swift action to resolve disputes smoother, smarter and with greater success.

We represent client interests at every stage of a dispute, from fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement. We litigate in trial and appellate courts, resolve disputes at the negotiating table, and represent clients before tribunals and government agencies.

Blakes litigators have appeared before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have been involved in precedent-setting cases involving hostile take-overs, indemnification of directors and officers, proxy contests and directors’ duties. Our expertise is complemented by one of Canada’s largest and most experienced corporate and commercial law groups.

In large, document-intensive cases, we integrate skilled paralegal support, leading-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team to manage matters efficiently and cost effectively.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Brad Dixon and Rob Deane
- 12 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong full-service firm acting for major national and international companies in a variety of sectors, including transportation, telecommunications, energy and financial services. Highly regarded for its skill in commercial, securities and banking litigation. Operates notable appellate and class action defence practices.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's responsiveness and find that it "does a good job of staffing the team at various levels."

Work highlights Represented Dolly Varden before the BC Securities Commissions in a dispute with Hecla Mining concerning the validity of a private placement in the face of a takeover bid.

Successfully opposed the certification of a consumer claim against British Airways relating to ticketing practices, alleged to be contrary to the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act.

Significant clients Bell, Alterra Power, BC Hydro, HSBC, ICBC.

Notable practitioners

Robert Deane is held in high regard for his experience of commercial dispute resolution. He handles a range of issues, including advertising and contractual matters, and assists with class actions. Interviewees describe him as "incredibly smart, practical, time effective and responsive."

Brad Dixon's practice focuses on commercial litigation and class action defence. He also acts on shareholder disputes, product liability claims and competition litigation. Clients appreciate his "really rigorous" and "very pragmatic approach." He continues to act for Scotiabank as one of the defendants in a major competition class action relating to credit card merchant fees.

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BLG is one of Canada’s leading dispute resolution firms with a strong tradition of excellence in commercial litigation and arbitration. Our lawyers begin by developing an understanding of your business and strategic objectives, in order to work with you to develop solutions to prevent or resolve disputes in an effective and cost sensitive way. Whether your business is local, national or international, we know that disputes can be disruptive, divert you away from your core business, and result in unwanted costs. When disputes escalate into litigation or arbitration proceedings, you can count on us to aggressively represent your interests, protect your position, and pursue the remedies that are most appropriate to the case.

Our dispute lawyers are experienced in all areas of business law, including corporate and commercial law, class actions, shareholders’ disputes, officer and director liability, commercial fraud, banking, securities, bankruptcy and insolvency, real estate, intellectual property, estates and trusts, franchise and distribution disputes, administrative and public law, procurement and international trade.


BLG’s Vancouver Commercial Litigation Group is known for its strength in complex commercial cases, class actions, arbitration (domestic and international), appellate litigation, public law litigation, securities and banking litigation and aboriginal rights and title litigation.

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Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Robert Anderson
- 28 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust team with substantial experience representing financial institutions, municipalities and private sector clients engaged in the natural resources, real estate, construction and transportation sectors. Frequently acts on commercial and securities litigation, as well as class actions. Additional expertise in product liability, professional negligence and estates and trust litigation.

Strengths One client enthuses: "They have been fantastic, extremely supportive, quick to respond and very generous in terms of providing resources and the full weight of the firm."

Sources appreciate the team's "seasoned advice" and "highly effective performance," highlighting its "patience, diligence" and "flexibility."

Work highlights Acted for a group of bondholder purchasers of units in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel on a trust claim against a priority mortgagee in the context of an insolvency.

Represented plaintiff N&C Transportation in an action for damages in connection with the poor performance of heavy-duty trucks purchased from Harbour International Trucks.

Significant clients University of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, TELUS, TD Bank, FortisBC.

Notable practitioners

Robert Anderson QC has substantial experience in commercial, securities and competition litigation, advising at the appellate level and on class action proceedings. One source comments: "He is comprehensive, inquisitive and experienced," adding that he "has that gravitas around the Bar and bench in Vancouver."

Ludmila Herbst attracts praise for her robust commercial litigation practice and is regarded by peers as an "extremely hard-working lawyer" and "one of the smartest legal brains in the province."

Since publication, Joseph Arvay has joined Arvay Finlay LLP.

About the Team (content provided by Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP)

Farris provides timely, creative, and practical representation in a full range of commercial, corporate, and constitutional litigation.

Rigorous, innovative, resolute. Farris' litigation group combines tremendous skill and depth of talent with an uncompromising commitment to our clients' interests. We advocate for our clients in every forum and have expertise in all aspects of private and public law. We are engaged in many of the most important corporate, commercial, securities, governmental, media, major injury, class action and constitutional cases in the province at any given time. Our litigators are recognized as leaders in their field. Our clients are diverse and include major business organizations, public bodies, universities, First Nations, media organizations, family litigants, and public interest groups. Their common interest is in seeking the best representation possible.

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Lawson Lundell LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Keith Bergner, Marko Vesely and Craig Ferris
- 31 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded Vancouver-based firm offering wide-ranging litigation capabilities, with notable strength in corporate/commercial disputes, securities and energy regulatory litigation. A popular choice of counsel for private clients in the natural resources and financial services sectors, the team is also frequently mandated by Crown corporations and government entities. Its experience also encompasses class actions and contentious tax matters.

Strengths Interviewees state that the team does an "excellent job," noting: "They are very supportive and responsive" and that the team "does the necessary research to understand what needs to take place."

Market observers highlight the firm's deep bench, commenting: "They have a good core of senior people" and "in terms of moving forward into the next generation, they are well positioned."

Work highlights Successfully acted on behalf of a mortgage broker in obtaining the enforcement of a borrower's obligation to pay a contractual exit fee.

Significant clients BC Hydro, Bank of Montreal, 7-Eleven, HSBC, National Energy Board.

Notable practitioners

Craig Ferris QC has earned a solid reputation for his expertise in commercial, securities and product liability litigation. His practice includes class action defence work and is highly experienced in the energy, real estate and insurance sectors.

Marko Vesely is recognised by peers as one of the firm's "leading litigators" and routinely represents clients in commercial and securities disputes. He recently defended Whitefox Technologies against a civil claim brought by a BC investment trust involving allegations of unjust enrichment.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jill Yates
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice valued for its long-standing expertise in corporate and commercial dispute resolution mandates. Advises significant local and national clients on securities and banking matters, insurance defence and products liability. Additionally handles white-collar crime and professional liability cases, and demonstrates strength in appellate litigation and class actions. Expertise spans a number of sectors, including financial services, energy and automotive.

Strengths Sources value the team's efficiency noting that "there isn't any time wasted, actions are quick, decisive and accurate."

Commentators speak highly of the group's overall service, enthusing that "dedication and experience levels are high."

Work highlights Acted for TD Bank on a proposed class action brought against several major banks, alleging that consumers were charged without consent for balance protection insurance.

Represented two of Pacific Hunt Energy's directors in an oppression claim against the company in relation to the funding of an oil and gas exploration concession.

Significant clients Sprott, Tahoe Resources, Law Society of British Columbia, Takata, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

Michael Feder has impressive experience in product liability and class actions. He is also frequently engaged in shareholder disputes and is noted for his constitutional law capabilities. One client enthused: "He is exceedingly bright," adding that "his written work is first class, as is his oral presentation. He is a very strong advocate."

Leonard Doust has a wealth of experience in securities, civil and criminal litigation. One client commented: "We retain Leonard when we have particularly challenging cases. He is a very highly respected and extremely able counsel," further noting that he "is able to deal with things in a very effective way."

Herman Van Ommen QC is particularly well respected for his extensive expertise in the commercial litigation arena. He has particular knowledge of real estate litigation and routinely acts for private clients on commercial lease disputes.

Up-and-comer Miranda Lam frequently assists with contractual and shareholder disputes, securities litigation and corporate governance issues. Sources say "she is incredibly hard-working and very bright." She recently defended Silvercorp in proposed securities class actions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Daniel Bennett
- 11 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises key local clients on high-profile commercial, corporate and real estate litigation. Has a significant track record advising on disputes relating to insolvency and insurance, as well as trusts and estates matters. Offers in-depth knowledge of the forestry, energy, mining and transportation sectors.

Strengths Enthused clients report: "They provide very practical and useful, concise advice," adding: "Their communications are excellent" and "their work is first rate."

Work highlights Defended BCR Properties against a fraud claim alleging that some of its senior employees concealed a property's contamination in order to secure a lease.

Acted as plaintiff counsel for Investors Group on an action for breach of non-competition agreements and misuse of confidential information.

Significant clients Rio Tinto Alcan, Seaspan, Vancouver Community College, Western Forest Products, Township of Langley.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Bennett offers expertise in commercial litigation, as well as in disputes arising in the real estate and natural resources sectors. One source remarked: "His legal skills are quite extraordinary. He has a low key, soft approach and is very effective in terms of delivering results."

The "incredible" Ryan Dalziel acts on a range of matters, boasting particular proficiency in Aboriginal, municipal and commercial law. One interviewee noted: "He is business focused and able to think ahead to take the right steps early on." Sources also describe him as "very enthusiastic."

About the Team (content provided by Norton Rose Fulbright)

Our litigators have extensive trial and appellate experience and regularly appear before all levels of the Canadian Courts, and before arbitrators and administrative tribunals. The complexity of our team, our seamless integration across offices and our impressive experience means we can respond swiftly and efficiently to disputes right from the early stages to resolution.

We handle commercial litigation of all sizes and we know that any matter can be a “bet-the-farm,” kind of litigation, depending on the scope of the client. Whether the case is a contract dispute, a class action, a regulatory issue or is industry-specific, we are always mindful of our clients’ need for efficiency and budget predictability.

A client-centred approach to litigation requires our lawyers to be creative, flexible and practical. While most litigation never proceeds to trial – our experienced trial teams have obtained numerous successful verdicts for our clients.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: David Brown
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Reputed national firm with solid dispute resolution capabilities in BC. Offers in-depth knowledge of the natural resources, financial services, technology and transportation sectors, and is often engaged in commercial, securities and fraud matters. Has additional strength in class action defence, as well as notable experience of insurance and construction litigation.

Strengths The team attracts praise for being "very strategic, very hard-working and very knowledgeable."

One particularly impressed client says: "They are really great to deal with. They have been transparent, responsive and organised."

Notable practitioners

Senior counsel Hein Poulus QC possesses long-standing experience and in-depth knowledge of corporate/commercial litigation. He acts on securities and professional negligence claims, as well as on disputes arising in the insurance, real estate and natural resources sectors.

David Brown heads the Vancouver office litigation group. He regularly handles commercial and corporate matters, and is well versed in class action proceedings, product liability and shareholder disputes.

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Harper Grey LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: John Sullivan and Roselle Wu
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established local firm with a robust dispute resolution group. Represents both public and private clients in commercial and securities litigation, shareholder disputes and class action suits. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in professional liability, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defence work. Also advises on banking and product liability litigation, as well as on disputes relating to insurance and real estate.

Strengths One client remarks: "The firm, as a team, demonstrates a lot of structure and method in its way of handling complex matters. The resources are allocated to the work to be accomplished in an efficient and organised manner, entrusting specific topics to different firm members based on their experience, seniority and knowledge."

Market commentators note the "very capable people in a number of different areas."

Work highlights Appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia on behalf of an investor seeking repayment for fundamental breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Rusnak is noted for his expertise in product liability and construction litigation. He also advises on class action disputes. One interviewee said: "He is a very thoughtful, methodical, careful, analytical lawyer."

John Sullivan's litigation practice focuses on commercial and corporate disputes. One client enthuses: "He is very serious about what he does. He is extremely hard-working and attentive," adding: "He is passionate, very diligent, thoughtful and strategic."

About the Team (content provided by Harper Grey LLP)

Harper Grey LLP is a law firm that sees challenges, not barriers, and relentlessly seeks creative solutions.

Harper Grey has maintained a focus on dispute resolution for over 100 years. In addition to the recognition of our dispute resolution team by Chambers Canada, our firm was acknowledged for the sixth consecutive year by Benchmark Canada® 2018 as a “Highly Recommended” local litigation firm in British Columbia and as a “Leading Firm” in five areas of civil litigation by the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Our dispute resolution practice spans the following areas: Aviation, Banking and Insolvency, Commercial, Class Actions, Corporate Proxy Litigation, Defamation and Media, Directors and Officers Liability, Environment, Health, Insurance, Privacy, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Professional Negligence, Professional Regulation, Real Estate Disputes, Securities, Shareholder/Oppression Litigation and more.

We have been involved in some of the province’s, and nation’s most significant litigation touching on such recent matters as the enforcement of judgments across the US/Canada border, potentially groundbreaking questions relating to the application of the values enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the Canadian common law, representing a client in what is know as the largest litigation in the history of Canada, acting in a significant case for the financial services industry, and acting in a leading edge privacy breach matter.

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Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Howard Shapray
- 4 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Litigation boutique with extensive capabilities in all types of corporate and commercial disputes. Demonstrates strength in the areas of banking and securities law. Also offers expertise in mining and property litigation.

Work highlights Represented Photon Control in an action for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and misappropriation of assets.

Defended Concord Pacific against an action brought by the owner of a shopping centre for breach of an operating agreement.

Significant clients Cressey Development, CIBC, Ivanhoe Mines, Sandpiper, Province of British Columbia.

Notable practitioners

Howard Shapray has extensive experience in the litigation space and is "considered quite formidable" by commentators, who say he "is certainly well known in the industry." His broad-ranging practice includes corporate and securities disputes, fraud matters, professional liability claims and mining litigation.

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Sugden, McFee & Roos - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Vancouver-based litigation boutique firm with a solid team of experienced practitioners. Distinguished by its strength in professional liability, the team frequently represents regulated professionals, notably in the health and construction sectors. Offers additional expertise in white-collar crime and securities litigation.

Notable practitioners

Robin McFee is described by peers as a "well-known name," an "excellent lawyer" and a "really wonderful guy." He represents clients in commercial and securities litigation, as well as in professional liability, insurance and real estate disputes.

Since publication, David Crossin QC has been appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

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Mark D Andrews QC

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Andrews QC is held in high regard for his expertise in this area, with sources describing him as an "excellent lawyer" and an "absolute leader in British Columbia." Handling a range of matters, including fraud, professional negligence and securities, he represented Mount Polley Mining and Imperial Metals in a lawsuit pertaining to the collapse of the Mount Polley mine.

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Geoffrey Cowper QC

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Interviewees praise Geoffrey Cowper QC as an "exceptional lawyer." He frequently acts on cases in the fields of competition and commercial law, including class actions. He is seen as one of the "top lawyers in British Columbia."

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J Kenneth McEwan QC

McEwan Partners

From the Chambers Canada guide

The "very capable" Kenneth McEwan QC recently left Hunter Litigation Chambers to establish McEwan Partners, and enjoys a stellar reputation for his experience of corporate and commercial litigation. Impressed interviewees say he is "absolutely spectacular," describing him as "incredibly detail-orientated" and "very talented."

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Irwin G Nathanson QC

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Irwin Nathanson QC is a distinguished litigator with an "impeccable reputation" in the BC market. He is noted for his extensive experience of corporate commercial disputes and offers additional expertise in securities litigation and professional negligence matters.

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McEwan Partners

From the Chambers Canada guide

Craig Dennis QC of McEwan Partners is an established litigator, regularly representing clients in shareholder disputes, defective product claims and professional liability cases. He also assists with class actions.

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Band 2

William C. Kaplan QC

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe William Kaplan QC as "very clever" and "very capable." Boasting an impressive track record of large commercial mandates, he offers additional expertise in insolvency and restructuring, as well as in real estate litigation.

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Band 2

Sugden, McFee & Roos

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robin McFee is described by peers as a "well-known name," an "excellent lawyer" and a "really wonderful guy." He represents clients in commercial and securities litigation, as well as in professional liability, insurance and real estate disputes.

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Band 2

Stephen R Schachter QC

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Commentators view Stephen Schachter QC as a "leading" figure in the market and describe him as "very good counsel." The core of his litigation practice focuses on business matters, including shareholder disputes, hostile takeovers and professional liability, as well as class actions.

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Band 3

Daniel R Bennett QC

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Daniel Bennett offers expertise in commercial litigation, as well as in disputes arising in the real estate and natural resources sectors. One source remarked: "His legal skills are quite extraordinary. He has a low key, soft approach and is very effective in terms of delivering results."

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Band 3

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Simon Coval is well regarded for the strength and scope of his business litigation practice, offering particular experience in contractual and securities disputes. Sources consider him to be "one of the best in the city."

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Band 3

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Deane is held in high regard for his experience of commercial dispute resolution. He handles a range of issues, including advertising and contractual matters, and assists with class actions. Interviewees describe him as "incredibly smart, practical, time effective and responsive."

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Band 3

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Leonard Doust has a wealth of experience in securities, civil and criminal litigation. One client commented: "We retain Leonard when we have particularly challenging cases. He is a very highly respected and extremely able counsel," further noting that he "is able to deal with things in a very effective way."

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Band 3

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Feder has impressive experience in product liability and class actions. He is also frequently engaged in shareholder disputes and is noted for his constitutional law capabilities. One client enthused: "He is exceedingly bright," adding that "his written work is first class, as is his oral presentation. He is a very strong advocate."

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Band 3

Lawson Lundell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Craig Ferris QC has earned a solid reputation for his expertise in commercial, securities and product liability litigation. His practice includes class action defence work and is highly experienced in the energy, real estate and insurance sectors.

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Band 3

Geoffrey B Gomery QC

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Geoffrey Gomery QC is widely recognised as a "very bright" litigator and has significant experience of complex business disputes, including securities, hostile take-over bids and professional discipline matters.

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Band 3

R J Randall Hordo QC

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Randall Hordo QC has well-established experience acting as a litigator in the commercial field. He handles a range of matters in the commercial litigation space, including securities and partnership disputes, professional negligence and product liability.

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Band 3

Andrew I Nathanson

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources praise Andrew Nathanson as "very attentive, detailed and thoughtful in his case analysis," as well as having the ability "to see the best way to get from here to there from a tactical perspective." He has notable expertise in shareholder disputes, white-collar crime and class actions.

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Band 3

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior counsel Hein Poulus QC possesses long-standing experience and in-depth knowledge of corporate/commercial litigation. He acts on securities and professional negligence claims, as well as on disputes arising in the insurance, real estate and natural resources sectors.

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Band 3

Howard Shapray QC

Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Howard Shapray has extensive experience in the litigation space and is "considered quite formidable" by commentators, who say he "is certainly well known in the industry." His broad-ranging practice includes corporate and securities disputes, fraud matters, professional liability claims and mining litigation.

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Band 3

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Sullivan offers particular proficiency in energy and environmental disputes, as well as product liability matters. Particularly noted for his class action practice, he represented Citizens Bank and Vancity Credit Union in a proposed class action relating to prepaid cards.

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Band 4

Robert S. Anderson QC

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Anderson QC has substantial experience in commercial, securities and competition litigation, advising at the appellate level and on class action proceedings. One source comments: "He is comprehensive, inquisitive and experienced," adding that he "has that gravitas around the Bar and bench in Vancouver."

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Band 4

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Brown heads the Vancouver office litigation group. He regularly handles commercial and corporate matters, and is well versed in class action proceedings, product liability and shareholder disputes.

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Band 4

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tracey Cohen is described by interviewees as a "very good and very tenacious" lawyer. She represents clients in a broad range of cases, including commercial and corporate litigation and securities disputes. She recently defended Eastern Platinum in a dispute related to a share purchase agreement.

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Band 4

McEwan Partners

From the Chambers Canada guide

Bob Cooper of McEwan Partners acts on shareholder disputes, securities and real estate litigation. Sources say he is a "good lawyer, nice guy, smart, no rough edges."

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

The "incredible" Ryan Dalziel acts on a range of matters, boasting particular proficiency in Aboriginal, municipal and commercial law. One interviewee noted: "He is business focused and able to think ahead to take the right steps early on." Sources also describe him as "very enthusiastic."

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Band 4

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brad Dixon's practice focuses on commercial litigation and class action defence. He also acts on shareholder disputes, product liability claims and competition litigation. Clients appreciate his "really rigorous" and "very pragmatic approach." He continues to act for Scotiabank as one of the defendants in a major competition class action relating to credit card merchant fees.

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Band 4

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brook Greenberg acts as counsel on a range of matters, winning particular recognition for his knowledge of banking litigation. Impressed clients remark: "He is extremely articulate," "really knowledgeable and very service-orientated" and "doesn't take unnecessary steps or views."

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Band 4

Eyford Partners LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Angus Gunn of Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP is a distinguished trial and appellate lawyer with a robust corporate commercial litigation practice. He also handles public and administrative law matters, and is noted for his experience of arbitration proceedings.

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Band 4

Ludmila Herbst QC

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Ludmila Herbst attracts praise for her robust commercial litigation practice and is regarded by peers as an "extremely hard-working lawyer" and "one of the smartest legal brains in the province."

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Band 4

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James MacInnis handles a wide variety of matters, including contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and securities litigation. He also has notable capabilities in the construction, insurance and franchising sectors. Sources state: "He is meticulous, he is intelligent and does things in a timely way."

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Band 4

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Rubin has extensive experience acting on contractual disputes, securities litigation and restructuring mandates. Sources say he is "hard-working, bright" and "pleasant to deal with."

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Band 4

Christopher Rusnak

Harper Grey LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christopher Rusnak is noted for his expertise in product liability and construction litigation. He also advises on class action disputes. One interviewee said: "He is a very thoughtful, methodical, careful, analytical lawyer."

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Band 4

K Michael Stephens

Hunter Litigation Chambers

From the Chambers Canada guide

K Michael Stephens has extensive experience in corporate commercial disputes and land use litigation. He also offers notable expertise in the forestry sector.

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Band 4

Harper Grey LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Sullivan's litigation practice focuses on commercial and corporate disputes. One client enthuses: "He is very serious about what he does. He is extremely hard-working and attentive," adding: "He is passionate, very diligent, thoughtful and strategic."

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Band 4

Herman Van Ommen QC

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Herman Van Ommen QC is particularly well respected for his extensive expertise in the commercial litigation arena. He has particular knowledge of real estate litigation and routinely acts for private clients on commercial lease disputes.

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Band 4

Lawson Lundell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marko Vesely is recognised by peers as one of the firm's "leading litigators" and routinely represents clients in commercial and securities disputes. He recently defended Whitefox Technologies against a civil claim brought by a BC investment trust involving allegations of unjust enrichment.

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Up and Coming

Hunter Litigation Chambers

From the Chambers Canada guide

Rising star Claire Hunter is considered by peers to be "very smart" and "works very hard." She is active at the trial and appellate level, and frequently acts on complex commercial disputes.

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Up and Coming

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Up-and-comer Miranda Lam frequently assists with contractual and shareholder disputes, securities litigation and corporate governance issues. Sources say "she is incredibly hard-working and very bright." She recently defended Silvercorp in proposed securities class actions.

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Up and Coming

Hunter Litigation Chambers

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sources describe Brent Olthuis as "very competent." He offers notable strength in civil and commercial litigation, and is regularly mandated to handle breach of contract and negligence claims, as well as privacy matters. He also advises on matters in regulated sectors, such as healthcare.

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