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December 9, 2019

More Harris & Brun Law Corporation Court Wins!!

Lyle Harris

In our last blog on the subject, we noted that court can be a bad place to resolve differences. Nobody likes to go to court. We recognize this and take every opportunity to settle the claims of our civil litigation clients outside of court. But sometimes there is very little choice. If you have a claim for damages, or are being sued, you will need a lawyer who has the skill to deliver an appropriate verdict in the courtroom. As you can see from the  Harris & Brun court wins we have listed below, and the ones referred to in…

October 15, 2019

Jennifer Brun Becomes CBABC Vice President

Lyle Harris

Harris & Brun Law Corporation is proud to announce that Jennifer Brun has become Vice President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (“CBABC”). The Canadian Bar Association is a national association focused on protecting and furthering the interests of lawyers across Canada. In furthering the interests of lawyers, the Association directly and indirectly enhances the interests of our clients and the public at large. How large is the Canadian Bar Association? It is an organization of 37,000 lawyers all across Canada, many of whom are physically remote and unconnected to other channels of professional development and networking….

September 17, 2019

Harris & Brun Trial Lawyers – Recent Wins in Court

Lyle Harris

Nobody likes to go to court. However, if you have to take your case to court, the following results show that Harris & Brun Law Corporation has one of the finest lineups of courtroom lawyers in the province, perhaps even in the whole country.  The following successes of Harris & Brun trial lawyers are documented in chronological order.  As you will see from these results, our trial lawyers are equally adept at succeeding for defendants and plaintiffs. In Sherrell v. ICBC, 2019 BCSC 103, a case which was defended by Lyle Harris, the plaintiff sued ICBC for a declaration that…

June 4, 2018

Volunteerism at HBLC

Lyle Harris

The character of a law firm is the sum of the character of the individuals of the firm. A good yardstick to measure character is to ask: What do you do with your spare time? Do you pursue activities that result solely in your self-fulfillment? Or do you do something that “gives back” to your community? At HBLC, we have many people who spend a large portion of their time giving back to their community. Two of our paralegals are volunteers to a legal society called Amici Curiae. One of them, who speaks the Philippine language, works to assist Philippine…

April 10, 2018

Three things about the discovery process you probably didn’t know

Lyle Harris

  If your partner or confidant meets your lawyer along with you, you have waived privilege. Suppose you have started a lawsuit because someone has caused you harm or owes you money. You hire a lawyer who issues a Notice of Civil Claim on your behalf. The day approaches for your examination for discovery and your lawyer calls you in for an appointment to prepare you for your examination. Like most clients, you are a little bit nervous talking to your lawyer and you decide you want to bring your partner or best friend with you to sit in on…

April 19, 2017

Care and Commitment

Lyle Harris

As one of the two founding partners of Harris & Brun Law Corporation in 1984, I am delighted to assist in the launch of the latest version of our firm’s website with authoring the first blog. On our redesigned website, one of the first things you will notice is an image of medieval goldsmiths hard at work. This image is taken from the mural on the east side of The Randall Building, the heritage building initially completed in 1929, which our firm calls home. This mural, completed in 1993, is based on a copper engraving from 1698 by Christopher Weigel…

September 13, 2012

Robert Brun Becomes Canadian Bar Association National President

Lyle Harris

At the annual meeting held in Vancouver from August 12-14, 2012 our own Robert Brun was appointed President of the national organization of the Canadian Bar Association. The Canadian Bar Association is the largest Canadian legal organization working for the benefit of lawyers (and their clients) and has 37,000 members, including lawyers, law teachers, and law students, across the country. The CBA is dedicated to support for the rule of law, the improvement of the law, and the administration of justice throughout the country. Robert tells us that the independence of the bar, access to justice and leadership in the…

February 6, 2012

Discovering the “Cyberspace Fingerprints” of the Litigant

Lyle Harris

On November 30, 2011, the Vancouver Police Department announced that 25 people face a total of 61 charges for allegedly taking part in the June 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot. Crown Counsel approved the charges against the suspected rioters who came from all areas of the lower mainland of British Columbia and Seattle. Vancouver Police told local media that charges were recommended after new technology created a searchable database of 30,000 YouTube videos and Facebook images. This database enabled police to find matching evidence of suspects and crimes. In October of 2011, a similar situation occurred in England, where a…

July 28, 2011

CIVILITY IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW

Lyle Harris

Civility may be defined as each person’s entitlement to be treated with dignity, respect and common sense. It is the glue that holds a democratic society together. Civility is a hallmark of the Bar in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. Even during the most contested battles, most lawyers on either side of a case refer to each other as “my friend” or “my learned friend”. I believe this is a reflection of the lines from Shakespeare where Tranio advises the fellow suitors for Bianca to “do as adversaries do in law. Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends”….

September 16, 2010

How to Deal with Difficult Counsel

Lyle Harris

In Ontario, a client has sued her former lawyer for the costs awarded against the client in a suit the former lawyer launched against three judges, accusing the judges of conspiracy and fraud.  According to a release from Canadian Legal Newswire May 31, 2010, the action against the three judges was dismissed,  As a consequence of the dismissal, the client and her lawyer were ordered to pay $100,000 in assessed costs:  half to be paid by the client, and half by the lawyer. In our own province, the Court of Appeal recently upheld a trial judge’s ruling that a lawyer…

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