Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 25 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 mining, construction and financial services industries. Offers significant expertise in commercial, insurance and environmental litigation, with additional proficiency in arbitration, class actions and constitutional law.
"We had an exceptionally good experience. I have never had a better experience working with a legal team."
Work highlights Acted for Canadian Pacific Railway on a dispute with the City of Vancouver concerning the Arbutus Line.
Advised Barry Shantz and the Yukon Drug War Survivors on a pro bono basis in relation to a Charter case concerning the rights of homeless people to sleep in public spaces.
Significant clients BC Hydro, Epcor Utilities, Yukon Zinc, Deloitte & Touche, Swiss Re.
Chair of the regional commercial litigation group at the firm, Mark Andrews QC is known for advising clients on fraud and securities matters. Sources say he is "an excellent lawyer" who is "very easy to deal with." Andrews acted for CP on its dispute with the City of Vancouver.
Geoffrey Cowper QC is a "very well-known appellate counsel" who is regarded by interviewees as "unquestionably one of the top lawyers in BC." He continues to defend Microsoft in a competition class action brought by indirect purchasers of PC software.
Andrew Nathanson is acknowledged for his work in commercial litigation, and has notable experience in matters involving white-collar crime. He has also advised on constitutional cases involving claims of international human rights violations.
Emphatically described by one client as "nothing short of a genius," Tracey Cohen is recognised for her work on corporate/commercial disputes. One interviewee enthused: "She is very bright, understands the nuances of the law very well and makes sound recommendations based on the risk. She is a good strategist who is also very strong in developing relationships."
Simon Coval is widely recognised for his impressive track record in commercial litigation, with significant expertise in real estate matters. Market commentators describe him as a "really good lawyer and a very smart guy." In highlights, he advised Imperial Parking Canada on a breach of fiduciary duty claim brought against its former CEO.