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September 16, 2020

CBABC President Jennifer Brun interviewed in The Lawyer’s Daily about the Impact of COVID-19 and What’s Next

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Jennifer Brun spoke with The Lawyer’s Daily reporter Ian Burns to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the legal profession. She noted how the push to leverage technology prompted by the lack of options in the face of a global pandemic has led to reshaping the profession. She also commented on two key issues on the agenda in 2020: the impact of the impending changes to provincial auto insurance and the role of alternative legal service providers in the profession. Read the article: COVID-19 has led to paradigm shift in legal profession: B.C. bar association president

September 1, 2020

Jennifer Brun begins her term as Canadian Bar Association (BC) President, 2020-21

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We are delighted to congratulate Jennifer Brun as she takes on the challenging role of CBABC President for the 2020-21 term. It’s an understatement that Jennifer is stepping into the position when the legal profession faces unprecedented challenges. We have every confidence in her ability to turn the apparent obstacles presented by a global pandemic into opportunities to leverage technology and embrace a culture shift that includes diversity, equality, and a multiplicity of working arrangements that meet personal and professional requirements. Read the media release: The Law’s Cultural Reboot: new CBABC President Welcome Paradigm Shift in the Legal Profession

July 8, 2020

Phased Reopening with WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan in Place

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as part of our business continuity plan, HBLC transitioned to working remotely in early March. While it was a significant shift, our firm was prepared with digital technology and we were able to provide excellent client service with complete continuity of our practice. Virtual platforms enabled us to stay connected in a way that supported our “Care and Commitment” promise, while focusing on the health and safety of our firm members, our families, and our clients. During the past few months, we have limited access to our premises for only critical operations and…

June 11, 2020

Jennifer Brun to discuss CBABC Automobile Insurance Working Group (AIWG) Submission on Vehicle Tort Reform and the proposed Evidence Act Amendments.

Harris & Brun

On June 11, 2020, Jennifer Brun will be discussing the AIWG’s concerns regarding the proposed changes to the handling of motor vehicle accident claims in British Columbia with BC Attorney General, David Eby, QC and Deputy Attorney General, Richard Fyfe, QC. The proposed changes to the Insurance (Vehicle) Act (Bill 11), provide for a no-fault automobile insurance system in BC. The result will be that injured British Columbians will no longer have the right to compensation for damages based on an assessment of their unique circumstances and the impact of the motor vehicle accident on their life. Essentially, the CBABC opposes…

June 11, 2020

Jennifer Brun presents CBABC’s Request for Court Digital Transformation Strategy Funding to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

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On June 8, 2020, Jennifer Brun, as First Vice President of the CBABC, presented the CBABC’s request to the province’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to allocate funding and to accelerate the work of the Court Digital Transformation Strategy (“CDTS”). The CBABC takes the position that the CDTS is a key component necessary to increase access to justice as an essential service for all British Columbians. The CDTS will enable British Columbians, no matter where they live in the province, to access the courts and justice services using digital technology. The CDTS includes providing physical spaces to…

March 2, 2020

The Potentially Harmful Downside of Automobile Insurance Reforms

Harris & Brun

Jennifer Brun, Director at Harris & Brun Law Corporation and Vice-President of the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, joined Adam Stirling, host of CFAX 1070, to explain why the CBABC is opposed to the proposed changes to British Columbia’s automobile insurance regime. Listen to Jennifer’s interview here: Potential harm of changes to auto insurance

July 14, 2017

Insurer-Defended Tort Claims: Know Your Rights and Obligations as an Insured Defendant

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A contract of insurance that protects a client from personal liability provides two important benefits. First, the insurance company will indemnify (cover) the client for damages that the client’s negligence may have caused to a third party. Second, and equally important, the insurance company has a duty to defend the client against the claim brought by the third party (or plaintiff). The following summary highlights important aspects of the insurer’s duty to defend. This is general information that we hope will assist insurance consumers understand what happens when they are sued for a type of claim or injury that is…

July 30, 2014

Successful Plaintiff Trial Awards

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On June 30, 2014, Peter Collins, a senior associate with Harris & Brun, successfully acted for the plaintiff in Bouvier v. Behrend, 2014 BCSC 1208. The plaintiff was awarded over $350,000.00 at trial. At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was a 57 year old bus driver with BC Transit. Due to the accident, the plaintiff suffered a left lateral epicondylitis, from a tear in the tendon of the epicondyle, and a mild cubital tunnel syndrome, from compression of the ulnar nerve. As a result of his injuries, plaintiff was partially disabled and the court found that there was…

July 29, 2014

Family Doctor Very Important After Car Accident

Harris & Brun

An article in the Vancouver Sun earlier this year reported that there are an estimated 100,000 Vancouver residents that do not have a family doctor.  As I tell my clients, seeing a family doctor regularly is key in assisting them on the road to recovery, following a car accident. Seeing your family doctor regularly will ensure you get consistent care in the critical months following your injury.  Referrals from your family doctors are essential for you to get necessary treatment from physiotherapists, massage therapists and other medical specialists paid for under Part 7 benefits. Having a family doctor also simplifies your…

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