Greg J. Allen
Greg Allen joined Hunter Litigation Chambers in 2010 after articling and practising at a leading regional firm. Greg has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice and has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and as lead and co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before various administrative decision-makers and arbitral tribunals. In his practice, Greg has developed experience in contractual disputes, defamation, administrative law, shareholders remedies and municipal law.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, Greg served as a law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal prior to commencing his articles.
Greg currently serves as the co-chair of the administrative law section of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Chapter. He is also a member of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s lawyer’s group, which provides advice and recommendations to the BCCLA on potential interventions at appellate-level courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Aulakh v. Nahal, 2017 BCSC 1000 (co-counsel with Brent B. Olthuis): represented the purchaser of residential real estate in Richmond, arguing successfully that the vendor had breached the contract of purchase and sale on the designated closing date.
R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, 2016 SCC 14 (co-counsel with co-counsel with Ken Leung): Appeared on behalf of the intervener West Coast Prison Justice Society in a case involving the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to bail legislation.
M.M. v. United States of America, 2015 SCC 62 (co-counsel with Brent B. Olthuis): Appeared on behalf of the intervener British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in an extradition case involving the application of the principle of double criminality.
Goel v. Dhaliwal, 2015 BCSC 2305: Successfully applied for a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration in a complex, multi-party commercial claim.
Joseph v. Dzawada'enuwx (Tsawataineuk) First Nation, 2013 FC 974: Successfully challenged residency requirements in a First Nation's election code on the basis that the residency requirements violated the equality provisions of theCharter of Rights and Freedoms.
Hawkeye Power Corporation v. Sigma Engineering Ltd., 2012 BCCA 414: Successfully appealed a trial judgment in a complex commercial dispute involving run-of-river hydroelectric power projects.
Lee v. Georgia Properties Partnership, 2012 BCSC 1484 (co-counsel with J. Kenneth McEwan, Q.C.): Successfully opposed application to certify a class action proceeding brought by purchasers in a residential real estate development alleging breaches of the Real Estate Development Marketing Act.
CLS Catering Services Ltd. v. Mahil, 2011 BCCA 321 (co-counsel with John J.L. Hunter, Q.C.): Successfully opposed an application and subsequent appeal seeking disqualification of a law firm on the basis of a conflict of interest.
"Administrative Law" in the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s Annual Review of Law & Practice (2011-2015)
"Canadian Cases in Public International Law" in Canadian Yearbook of International Law (2011-2014), by Gib van Ert, Greg J. Allen, Eileen M. Patel and Rebecca J. Robb
"The defence of responsible communication" (2014) Media Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2014, co-authored with Alexander Young
"All Roeds Lead to Conflicts", The Advocate, Vol. 67, No. 6, November 2009
"Undercover Police Activities: International and Canadian Perspectives", Promoting Criminal Justice Reform: A Collection of Papers from the Canada-China Cooperation Symposium, Vancouver: The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, 2007, pp. 361-383, co-authored with Professor Gerry Ferguson
"New Developments in Social Host Liability: Childs v. Desormeaux" (2005-06) 7 Mun. L.R. Mgt., July 2006, co-authored with Bruno De Vita
In his spare time, Greg serves as the President of the Cures for Kids Foundation and is a past Director of the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Society. He is also the captain of the Hunter Litigation Chambers team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer and volunteers with Access Pro Bono and the BC Lions Society.
While at the University of Victoria, Greg represented Canada at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Greg was also the recipient of several awards during his legal studies, including course prizes for Law, Legislation and Policy, Taxation, Advocacy and International Law.
During his undergraduate studies, Greg won the Canadian national debating championship, and finished as top speaker at the North American Debating Championship.
Brent Olthuis and Greg Allen represented the purchaser of residential real estate in Richmond, arguing successfully that the vendor had breached the contract of purchase and sale on the designated closing date. A copy of the decision can be found here.
The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. has published its Annual Review of Law and Practice, and once again Hunter Litigation Chambers is well represented among the authors of this practice guide. Greg Allen, Eileen Patel and Ken Leung wrote the chapter of Administrative Law; Mark Oulton, Rebecca Robb and Ken Leung authored the section on Court Rules; and Alex Bjornson co-authored the chapter on Tort law.