April 2018

We are pleased to welcome Aubin Calvert to the firm as an associate. Between 2016 and 2018 she served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada. Aubin was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017 and to the British Columbia Bar in 2018.

Five Hunter Litigation Chambers lawyers — Mike Stephens, Brent Olthuis, Claire Hunter, Trevor Bant and Julia Roos — were recognized in the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s 2017 Annual Report for their contributions to pro bono services on Court of Appeal cases in 2017.

March 2018

Martindale-Hubbell has released their 2018 ratings. Bill Smart, Mark Oulton and Brent Olthuis received the “AV/Preeminent” rating from their peers, which is the highest ranking. Michael Stephens and Randy Kaardal received the “Distinguished” rating. Each of these rating means that they were deemed by their peers to have very high professional ethics and preeminent/distinguished legal ability. Only lawyers with high ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.

We are pleased to announce that Esher Madhur was called to the British Columbia bar on March 26, 2018 after completing her articles with the firm. Esher returned to the firm to article after clerking for six Justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2016 - 2017.

Randy Kaardal has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

On March 7, 2018, Mark Oulton was a panelist in a professional development session put on by The Advocate’s Society entitled "Top Cases in Commercial Litigation". Mark spoke on three recent appellate cases dealing with the applicable standard of review in contractual interpretation.

February 2018

Brent Olthuis and Trevor Bant represented the Legal Services Society in a successful defence of a funding decision. A copy of the decision can be found here.

The Ontario Bar Association invited Brent Olthuis to sit on a standard of review panel at its Administrative Law conference “Ten Years Later: Coherence and Consistency In Administrative Practice Post-Dunsmuir”. Brent presented his paper “Can We Make It Any Clearer?” concerning BC’s experience with legislated standards of review in the Administrative Tribunals Act. The Conference agenda is available here, and Brent’s paper here.

Claire Hunter has been re-elected as a director of the VSO School of Music.

January 2018

Mark Oulton and Brian Duong successfully defended a challenge to an anton piller order in a commercial case involving allegations of breach of contract, conversion and misuse of confidential and proprietary information and obtained an order to access and examine the electronic and physical evidence seized pursuant to the original Anton Piller Order. The reasons for judgment can be found here.

Mark Oulton and Brian Duong successfully appealed a decision of the BC Supreme Court which ordered the buy-out of a minority owner’s interest in a farm by its majority owners. The BC Court of Appeal set aside the order and remitted the matter back to the trial judge. A copy of the decision can be found here.

Claire Hunter has been re-appointed as Vice Chair of the Law Society of BC’s Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee for 2018. Claire has been a member of this committee since 2015.