John J.L. Hunter, Q.C.
John J. L. Hunter, Q.C. conducts a commercial litigation and arbitration practice with Hunter Litigation Chambers, a 24-lawyer litigation firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He appears regularly in the trial and appellate courts of British Columbia in a wide range of commercial and public law matters and has represented clients as diverse as Imperial Tobacco, Weyerhaeuser and the Attorney-General of British Columbia in the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2013 he was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Senate Reform Reference argued before that Court.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Hunter carries out a practice as a commercial arbitrator in Canada. He has been appointed as an arbitrator on both general commercial matters and disputes relating to energy and natural resources. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is also a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitrators Society.
Mr Hunter is a Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and an honorary overseas member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales.
Since 2004, he has been identified in the annual Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in corporate-commercial litigation and has also been recognised in the Chambers Global Guide, Best Lawyers of Canada, Benchmark Canada, and Who’s Who Legal 2015. Martindale-Hubbell has designated him as AV, their highest rating. Mr Hunter was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994.
Mr. Hunter served as President of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2008 and is a Life Bencher. He also served as President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2012. In 2014, he became the fourteenth recipient of the Law Society “Begbie” Award, given every two years based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service and law reform.
Recent Professional Activities
President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2012
- Chair, Task Force on the Requirements for a Common Law Degree, 2007-2009
President of the Law Society of British Columbia, 2008
- Chair, Ethics Committee, LSBC, 2007
Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, 2002-2008, currently Life Bencher
Adjunct Instructor in Appellate Advocacy, University of British Columbia Law School, 1988-2002
Law Clerk to the Honourable John L. Farris, Chief Justice of British Columbia, 1975-1976
American College of Trial Lawyers
- Member of the Board of Regents, 2015 to the present
- Chair, Provincial Committee, 2003-2005
- Fellow since 2001
Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 2007 to present
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2012 to present
Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitrators Society
Honorary Overseas Member, Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales
Mr. Hunter has given a number of lectures and presentations on a wide range of subjects, including the following:
- 2015 – Mr. Hunter gave a presentation to the Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on the topic, “The Response of the Canadian Legal Profession to Money Laundering Legislation”
- 2014 – Mr. Hunter spoke on the subject of Recent Developments in Aboriginal Law at the Constitutional Law Symposium presented by the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton and also gave a presentation on “The Role of Amicus Curiae – What You Need to Know” to the Advocates Society in Toronto.
- In 2013, he was invited to address the conference on “The Future of Law School” presented by the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in Edmonton and spoke on the need to prepare students for the practice of law in the 21st
- In 2012, Mr. Hunter gave the keynote address at the 5th International Legal Ethics Conference in Banff, Alberta on the topic “Regulation of Legal Ethics in Canada.”
- In 2011, he was invited by the National Judicial Institute of the Canadian Judicial Council to participate in a roundtable discussion on “Good Judgment: Judicial Decision-Making and the Judicial Method.”
- In 2010, Mr. Hunter was invited to deliver the annual F. Murray Fraser Lecture on Ethics at the University of Victoria Law School and delivered an address on the topic, “Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Law: The Role of Legal Education.” He also gave a presentation to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law on the subject “Preparing for Practice – Legal Education and the Practice of Law” and a presentation to the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia on “Presenting a Civil Appeal.”
In 2009, Mr. Hunter presented a paper on “Post-Call Professional Legal Education -- the B.C. Approach”, at the Symposium of Lifelong Learning in Professionalism, presented at the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism, February 20, 2009, Toronto, Ont. He also presented a paper on “Setting the Fee for Commercial Litigation - Ethical and Practical Considerations”, at the Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia Branch) Annual Branch Conference, November 22, 2009, Los Angeles California.
Democracy Watch v British Columbia (Conflict of Interest Commissioner), 2017 BCSC 123: Mr. Hunter represented the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for British Columbia in successfully striking out a Petition brought by Democracy Watch which sought to challenge the opinion given by the Commissioner over an allegation of conflict of interest brought against the Premier.
Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2016 BCSC 2082: In a post-judgment application on behalf of the Attorney General of British Columbia, Mr. Hunter obtained an order that settlement funds paid by the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver must be deducted from the damages required to be paid by the Province of British Columbia to the Plaintiff in respect of his wrongful conviction. Mr. Henry has appealed this judgment.
Musqueam Indian Band v. Musqueam Indian Band (Board of Review), 2016 SCC 36: The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal of the Musqueam Band who had sought to impose property taxes on the Shaughnessy Golf Club based on a residential values. Mr. Hunter successfully represented the Shaughnessy Golf Club in the appeal.
Robinson v. Furlong, 2015 BCSC 1690: Mr. Hunter successfully defended John Furlong, former Chief Executive officer of the Vancouver Olympic Committee, against allegations of defamation by a journalist is relation to abuse claims.
Federation of Law Societies of Canada v. Attorney-General of Canada, 2015 SCC 7, affirming 2013 BCCA 147, which affirmed 2011 BCSC 1270: Mr. Hunter represented the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in constitutional litigation with the Government of Canada which led to the striking down of provisions of Canada’s anti-money laundering legislation as they applied to the legal profession.
Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review v. Musqueam Indian Band, 2015 BCCA 158: Mr. Hunter represented the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in successfully defending a decision concerning the property tax regime on Musqueam lands.
In the Matter of a Reference concerning the Reform of the Senate, 2014 SCC 32: Mr. Hunter was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court of Canada to present argument in the Reference brought by the Government of Canada to obtain the Court’s opinion on various questions relating to the Government’s authority to institute Senate Reform.
McLean v. Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company, 2013 BCCA 264: In an appeal concerning the interpretation of a life insurance policy, Mr. Hunter successfully obtained a reversal of a judgment which had denied coverage based on the construction of the policy.
Pacific Booker Minerals Inc. v. British Columbia (Environment), 2013 BCSC 2258: Mr. Hunter successfully challenged an environmental assessment concerning a proposed mine in British Columbia.
Tangerine Financial Products Limited Partnership v. Sutherland, 2013 BCCA 283: Mr. Hunter obtained an injunction to restrain the marketing or promotion of an investment strategy acquired through a receivership sale, and maintained the injunction in the Court of Appeal.
R. v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited et al, 2011 SCC 42: Mr. Hunter acted as counsel for Imperial Tobacco in a dispute over the validity of a third party claim against the Federal Government in a case in which the Provincial Government is seeking to recover health care costs arising from tobacco-related diseases.
Copcan Contracting Ltd. v. Ashlaur Trading Inc., 2010 BCCA 597, affirming 2010 BCSC 150: Mr. Hunter successfully obtained a damage award on a forestry contract dispute and preserved the judgment in the Court of Appeal.
Hayes Forest Services Limited v. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, 2008 BCCA 31: This judgment of the British Columbia Court of Appeal concerned the standard of judicial review of commercial arbitration awards in British Columbia. Mr. Hunter successfully represented Weyerhaeuser Company Limited in the case.
Gold v. Serratus Mountain Products Ltd. and Mountain Equipment Cooperative, 2006 FCA 98: Mr. Hunter successfully defended a claim in the Federal Court that the Mountain Equipment Cooperative’s glove closure system infringed the plaintiff’s patent.
British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., 2005 SCC 49: Mr. Hunter represented British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited in a challenge of the constitutional validity of provincial health care recovery legislation on the grounds of extraterritorial application.
Haida Nation v. British Columbia and Weyerhauser, 2004 SCC 73: In the leading case on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate asserted aboriginal rights, Mr. Hunter successfully argued on behalf of Weyerhaeuser that the consultation obligation did not extend to Crown licensees.
K.L.B. v. British Columbia, 2003 SCC 51: Acting as counsel for the Attorney General of British Columbia in the Supreme Court of Canada, Mr. Hunter argued the leading case on Crown liability for foster parent abuse under principles of vicarious liability or a non-delegable duty of care.
Chapter 7 of The Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada (New Federation House, 2014): "The Right Honourable Francis Alexander Anglin, P.C."
"Presenting a Civil Appeal", prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's Conference on Appellate Practice (October 2010)
"Post-Call Professional Legal Education -- the B.C. Approach", prepared for the Symposium of Lifelong Learning in Professionalism, presented at the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism, February 20, 2009, Toronto, Ont. and published in the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review at 2010 C.L.E.A.R. 93.
"Disappointed Expectations: Why Delgamuukw has Failed to Achieve Results on the Ground", by John Hunter, Q.C., Chapter 2 of Aboriginal Law Since Delgamuukw (Canada Law Book 2009)
"The Criminalization of Workplace Safety: Addressing Personal and Corporate Liability Following Bill C-45", paper presented at Insight Information Co.’s Mining Forum, April 14 - 15, 2005 (co-author)
"Ethical and Practical Issues in Administrative Law Practice" for the Administrative Law Conference, 2008, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. November 28, 2008
"No Fault Liability against the Crown", by John Hunter, Q.C., for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia's conference on "Suing and Defending the Government, 2006”, Vancouver, B.C. January 9, 2006
"Investigating the Case and Gathering Evidence", by John Hunter, Q.C., in the Continuing Legal Education Society's Civil Trial Handbook, Second Edition, December 2005
"Understanding the Duty to Consult with First Nations", by John Hunter, Q.C., for the Insight Conference on "Aboriginal Land and Resource Management", November 2002
"Principles and Practice of Interlocutory Injunctions", by John Hunter, Q.C., in Injunctions - British Columbia Law and Practice, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, October 2002
"Advancing Aboriginal Title Claims after Delgamuukw: The Role of the Injunction", for the Continuing Legal Education Conference on Litigating Aboriginal Title, June 2000, cited as authoritative by the Supreme Court of Canada in Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), 2004 SCC 73
Law Society of British Columbia
"Begbie” Award for “outstanding contribution to the legal profession and the public", 2014
- "Most Frequently Recommended" in Corporate- Commercial Litigation and Aboriginal Law
- "Repeatedly Recommended" in Forestry Law
Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide Litigation
Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
One of six B.C. lawyers identified for Commercial Litigation
Chambers Global Guide – Canada
- One of five lawyers ranked in “Band 1” for Dispute Resolution – British Columbia
- Listed in “Band 2” for Canada, Aboriginal Law
Best Lawyers of Canada
- Recognized in Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Aboriginal Law, Administrative and Public Law and Natural Resources Law
- Designated Vancouver “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 and 2015 for Aboriginal Law and in 2012 for Natural Resources Law
Who’s Who Legal, 2015
One of four lawyers recognized in Litigation – British Columbia
Listed as “Local Litigation Star” for General Commercial Litigation
On May 13th, John Hunter, Q.C. participated on a panel at a Judicial Ethics Seminar presented by the National Judicial Institute. The topic of the panel was Judges’ Returning to Practice.
Euromoney’s 2016 Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers has been published, and John Hunter, Q.C. is listed among the Litigation counsel identified for Canada.
Hunter Litigation Chambers was nominated as British Columbia firm of the year. The firm has once again been identified in the current Benchmark 2016 as "Highly Recommended", the highest category in the Benchmark listing. Ken, John Hunter, Q.C., Randy Kaardal, Q.C., Bill Smart, Q.C.,Michael Stephens and Brent are recognized as "Local Litigation Stars", while Claire Hunter is listed under "Future Stars".
The UK-based Chambers Guide has for the first time published a guide focussed on Canada. Hunter Litigation Chambers was listed on the top rank in Dispute Resolution, and four of our counsel, John Hunter, Q.C., Ken McEwan, Q.C., Mike Stephens and Brent Olthuis, were identified as leading practitioners in Dispute Resolution. John was also recognized in the field of Aboriginal Law.
John Hunter, Q.C. was quoted in the press as counsel for the Attorney-General of British Columbia in the Ivan Henry wrongful conviction trial. Ivan Henry's wrongful conviction a cautionary tale for self-representation in court, says lawyer: CBC News, Nov. 23, 2015
John Hunter, Q.C. has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The ACTL is an influential U.S.-based organization composed of trial lawyers in the United States and Canada to which membership is extended by invitation only. The management of the College's affairs is vested in a Board of Regents, consisting of five officers and fifteen regents. Each of the regents has an assigned jurisdiction of states and/or provinces. John will be responsible for the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter have successfully defended John Furlong, the Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee, in a defamation suit brought by a journalist who had published unsubstantiated allegations against Mr. Furlong and had in turn been criticized by him. The decision can be found in Robinson v. Furlong, 2015 BCSC 1690. John, Claire and Bill Smart, Q.C. had represented Mr. Furlong in earlier proceedings against him, all of which were dismissed.
The third party directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, has released its current guide and once again lawyers from this firm are well represented. We have been recognized in eight practice areas, Corporate and Commercial Litigation (Ken McEwan, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C.), Administrative and Public Law (Randy Kaardal, Q.C. and John), Bet-the-Company Litigation (John), Class Action Litigation (Ken), Natural Resources Law (John), Labour and Employment Law (Randy), Securities Law (Ken) and Aboriginal Law (John).
John Hunter, Q.C. was in the news as counsel for the Yukon Government in the dispute about land use planning in the Peel watershed of the Yukon.
- Peel Watershed case wraps up in Whitehorse: CBC News, July 10, 2014
- Lawyers debate future of Nova Scotia-sized Yukon wilderness: CBC News, July 8, 2014
John Hunter, Q.C. has been identified as one of the top practitioners in Commercial Litigation by the international publication Who's Who Legal 2015, published in London England. John was one of four litigation counsel practising in British Columbia to be recognized.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter were in the press recently in connection with a two week trial in which the firm acted for former VANOC CEO John Furlong in a defamation action brought against him by Laura Robinson. Judgment in the trial was reserved.
- John Furlong's lawyer accuses Laura Robinson of trying to bring him down: CBC News, June 17, 2015
- Journalist denies intent of story was to ‘bring down' Furlong: Globe & Mail, June 17, 2015
- Journalist persisted attack on John Furlong after story ran, lawyer says: Globe & Mail, June 18, 2015
- John Furlong vs. journalist: Both claim to be the victim: CBC News, June 26, 2015
- Tables turned on journalist Laura Robinson at Furlong defamation trial: National Post, June 22, 2015
John Hunter, Q.C. gave a presentation at the biannual conference of the Commonwealth Law Society that took place in Glasgow, Scotland in April. John spoke on the response of the Canadian legal profession to money laundering legislation and the recent Supreme Court of Canada judgment addressing this issue.
The B.C. Court of Appeal has held that the Shaughnessy Golf Club should be assessed for property tax purposes as a golf club, not as land available for residential development, as argued by the Musqueam Indian Band. John Hunter was counsel for the Shaughnessy Golf Club on this appeal.
The Supreme Court's judgment in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada was the feature story on the February 27, 2015 issue of the Lawyers' Weekly, and John Hunter, Q.C. was quoted extensively on the significance of the judgment: see Hunter sees victory for clients as SCC enshrines independence
Benchmark Canada has announced its annual awards for 2015. Ken McEwan, Q.C., John Hunter, Q.C., Randy Kaardal, Q.C., Bill Smart, Q.C. and Mike Stephens are included as “Local Litigation Stars” while Brent Olthuis and Claire Hunter have been recognized as “Future Stars.” Brent was also nominated for emerging talent of the year in Canada.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter, with the assistance of Rebecca Robb, successfully obtained dismissal at summary trial of a historical abuse claim made against John Furlong. The woman's claim was dismissed on the basis that the evidence supported a conclusion that she did not attend the school at which Mr. Furlong taught during the time he was there. The Reasons for Judgment are available here.
On February 13th, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited judgment in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2015 SCC 7. The Supreme Court held for the first time that the lawyer's duty of commitment to the client's cause was a principle of fundamental justice in Canadian constitutional law and struck down provisions of Canada's anti-money laundering legislation insofar as they imposed record-keeping obligations on lawyers concerning their clients' activities. John Hunter was counsel for the Federation.
Ken McEwan, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C. have once again been recognized in the 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Corporate-Commercial Litigation, and have been designated among the leading Canadian cross-border commercial litigators in the December 2014 Lexpert magazine.
At the annual Bench and Bar dinner, John Hunter, Q.C. received the Law Society Award, which is awarded based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service and law reform. The award is a sculpture of BC's first Chief Justice, dispensing justice in the Cariboo on horseback. John is the fourteenth recipient of the Law Society award since its inception in 1986.
John Hunter, Q.C. was quoted in the Financial Post commenting on a matter in which the firm is representing Taseko Mines Ltd.: Taseko seeks to sue Ottawa for damages over B.C. mine rejection: Financial Post, October 21, 2014
In October, John Hunter, Q.C. gave two presentations on the constitutional implications of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision concerning the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, one at the annual Constitutional Law Symposium of the University of Alberta Law School's Centre for Constitutional Studies and one at a conference hosted by the Pacific Business and Law Institute.
A new book on The Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada has been published (New Federation House, 2014) which includes a chapter written by John Hunter, Q.C. on Chief Justice Francis Anglin, the 9th Chief Justice of Canada.
On July 30, John Hunter, Q.C. was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in London.
The 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has been published and counsel from our firm are again well represented in the listing of leading practitioners in British Columbia in Corporate-Commercial Litigation (Ken McEwan, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C., both in the “most frequently recommended” category), Product Liability Litigation (Ken and Bill Berardino), Employment Law – Management and Labour (Randy Kaardal), Securities Litigation (Ken), Aboriginal Law (John), Class Actions (Ken) and Forestry Litigation (John).
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter, with the assistance of Ken Leung, were successful in the Court of Appeal in defending dismissal of an action against our firm's client on the basis that it was an abuse of process. The Court of Appeal's Reasons for Judgment in Sutherland v. Reeves, 2014 BCCA 222, are available here.
John Hunter, Q.C. gave a presentation on “Amicus Curiae: Everything you need to know” for the Advocates Society's Spring Symposium in Toronto.
Claire Hunter and Heather Cochran were counsel in an appeal that raised important issues about the interaction between foreign and domestic child support orders and the impact of a parent's non-compliance with British Columbia court orders and the right of her child to support. The Reasons for Judgment are available here.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter were successful in an defending against an application brought by the Bank of Nova Scotia and ING Bank of Canada seeking to strike out an application brought by our clients RSP Generation Limited Partnership and RSP Generation Corp. relating to the right to use the name “Tangerine”. The Reasons for Judgment are here.
In April, Euromoney published their “Expert Guide to the World's Finest Lawyers” in Litigation and Product Liability. Bill Berardino, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C. were recognized in Litigation, and Bill was also cited for his expertise in product Liability.
On April 29, John Hunter, Q.C. was called to the bar of the Yukon Territory. John has been retained by the Yukon Government to defend several lawsuits brought by First Nations in the Yukon.
The annual Chambers Global Guide for 2014 has been published and once again Hunter Litigation Chambers has been listed in the top rank of dispute resolution firms in British Columbia. Bill Berardino, Q.C., John Hunter, Q.C., Ken McEwan, Q.C. and Mike Stephens are individually ranked by Chambers. The full report can be found here.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Ken McEwan, Q.C. were panellists on the Continuing Legal Education's Civil Litigation Conference 2014 on March 27. Ken spoke on Recent Developments in Class proceedings and John was on a panel with the Chief Justice of British Columbia to discuss standards of review in appellate proceedings.
In Pacific Booker Minerals Inc. v. British Columbia, BCSC 2258, released December 9, the British Columbia Supreme Court set aside a refusal by the BC Government to approve a copper/gold and molybdenum mine near Morrison Lake BC. The company's application must now be reconsidered by the Government on terms set out in the decision. John Hunter represented Pacific Booker Mines in this successful judicial review application.
John Hunter, Q.C. successfully defended an application for security for costs brought by Laura Robinson against the firm's client John Furlong. The Oral Reasons for Judgment are here.
Ken McEwan, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C. were recognized by Lexpert as leading corporate-commercial practitioners in that company's 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. Brent Olthuis was identified as one of Lexpert's “US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers to Watch.”
John Hunter, Q.C., Brent Olthuis and Claire Hunter appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on the Senate Reform Reference the week of November 12. The Reference concerned the interpretation of the constitutional amending formula in respect to reform of the Senate. Mr. Hunter was appointed amicus curiae to the Court, along with Daniel Jutras, Dean of Law at McGill Law School.
On October 31, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited judgment in Sun‑Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2013 SCC 58. Ken McEwan, Q.C. and Eileen Patel represented Cargill, and successfully opposed certification of a class action against Cargill by indirect purchasers of the product.
Bill Berardino, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C. have been recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 in the field of Commercial Litigation.
On September 28, John Hunter, Q.C. presented a paper on "Professional Education and the Modern Law School" at the conference on "The Future of Law School" hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in connection with the centenary of that law school.
The 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada has been published and once again lawyers from Hunter Litigation Chambers have been recognized in a wide range of areas, including Bet-the-Company Litigation (Bill Berardino, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C.), Corporate and Commercial Litigation (Bill Berardino, Q.C., John Hunter, Q.C., and Ken McEwan, Q.C.), Labour and Employment Law (Randy Kaardal), Natural Resources Law (John Hunter, Q.C.), Class Action Litigation (Bill Berardino, Q.C. and Ken McEwan, Q.C.), Director and Officer Liability (Bill Berardino, Q.C.), Administrative and Public Law (John Hunter, Q.C. and Randy Kaardal), Product Liability (Bill Berardino, Q.C.), Securities Law (Bill Berardino, Q.C. and Ken McEwan, Q.C.), Aboriginal law (John Hunter, Q.C.), Personal Injury Litigation (Bill Berardino, Q.C.) and Legal Malpractice Law (Bill Berardino, Q.C.). The firm was “top-listed in British Columbia” in Bet-the-Company Litigation and Administrative and Public Law. In addition, Ken McEwan, Q.C. was named Best Lawyers' 2014 Vancouver Class Action Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and Bill Berardino, Q.C. the Director and Officer Liability Lawyer of the Year.
John Hunter, Q.C. and Claire Hunter acted for the successful respondents on an appeal from an injunction prohibiting interference with the purchaser's use of assets purchased from a receivership. The Court of Appeal's Reasons for Judgment in Tangerine Financial Products Limited Partnership v. Sutherland, 2013 BCCA 283, are available here.
Benchmark Canada, a third party directory that describes itself as “the Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys” has released its 2013 edition and again Hunter Litigation Chambers is listed in the top category for British Columbia. The Guide identifies Michael Stephens, Randy Kaardal, Ken McEwan, Q.C., John Hunter, Q.C. and Bill Berardino, Q.C. as "Local Litigation Stars" and Brent Olthuis as one of BC's "Future Stars".
Mike Stephens and John Hunter, Q.C. appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of whether an arbitrator in British Columbia has the power to include compound interest in an award setting compensation for a statutory taking.
The 2013 Chambers Guide as been published and Hunter Litigation Chambers continues as one of only four firms listed on the top tier in British Columbia for Dispute Resolution. Bill Berardino, Q.C. (described in Chambers as “one of the greatest trial lawyers in the history of the province”), John Hunter, Q.C. and Ken McEwan, Q.C. are all recognized as leading counsel in this field.
John Hunter, Q.C. has been appointed amicus curiae (friend of the court) by the Supreme Court of Canada for the Senate Reference in which the Government of Canada has asked the Supreme Court for its opinion on various questions relating to reform of the Senate.
John Hunter, Q.C. represented the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in the Supreme Court of Canada in a case concerning the scope of a lawyer's obligation not to act against the interests of a current client. Ken McEwan, Q.C. and John Hunter, Q.C. have been recognized as leading practitioners in Corporate Commercial Litigation in the 2013 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.