February 2020

Trevor Bant and Caitlin Ehman successfully resisted an appeal from a child support order, acting for the recipient of child support. The reasons for judgment, which are available here, provide guidance a variety of procedural and substantive issues relating to child support orders.

Mark Oulton served as co-moderator of a panel discussion put on by the Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy and the Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Groups of The Advocates’ Society entitled “Bell & Vavilov: The SCC’s impact on standard of review, administrative law and arbitration decisions.” Panel members included the Honourable Marshall Rothstein, former SCC justice, Barbara Jackman, counsel for the Respondent in Vavilov and Brandon Kain, counsel for Bell.

We are pleased to announce that Kenneth Leung has rejoined the firm. Ken practiced with the firm for several years, before moving to act as general counsel and corporate secretary for a TSX listed pulp and paper company. HLC is fortunate to have Ken’s skills and expertise back within the firm.

Paul Heisler and Susan Humphrey were successful in an application to dismiss a complaint made to the BC Human Rights Tribunal against their client, the Legal Services Society. The decision can be found here.

January 2020

The British Columbia Court of Appeal issued reasons on January 10, 2020 in a significant family appeal relating to the right of the 14-year old transgender teenager identified as AB to consent to gender affirming medical treatment over the objections of his father. The Court confirmed that AB was entitled to consent to the medical treatment and dismissed the appeal from this aspect of the order below. Claire Hunter, QC and Sarah Chaster, together with barbara findlay, QC and Kay Scorer, were counsel to AB on the appeal. The team was assisted by UBC student Devin Eeg during his summer articles at Hunter Litigation Chambers.

Aubin Calvert obtained leave to appeal for her client pursuant to s. 193(e) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on the question of whether fraudulent intent is required to revoke the discharge of a trustee under s. 41(8) of the Act. The reasons of the Court of Appeal judge in chambers granting leave are here.

Claire Hunter, QC, with the assistance of articling student Diana Sepulveda successfully resisted an application by the Egg Marketing Board to summarily dismiss the appeal of our egg farm client. The appeal will now proceed before the Farm Industry Review Board.

Brent Olthuis presented a guest lecture to the Thompson Rivers University third-year law class, as part of the law school’s mandatory trial advocacy course, on the topic “Trial Preparation and Theory of the Case”.

Claire E. Hunter, QC has been appointed to the Law Society of British Columbia’s Access to Justice Advisory Committee for the 2020 term. Claire has also been appointed to the Western Canada Advisory Board for McGill University.