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March 1, 2022

Defendants successfully oppose addiction claim despite the absence of direct supportive evidence

Nazanin Aram

In Heffernan v. Charlish, 2021 BCSC 1882, the plaintiff who was injured in two car accidents claimed she developed addiction to heroin and crystal methamphetamine as a result of the accidents and the resulting pain and interruption of her life. The addiction had allegedly developed within 2 months following the first accident. By trial, the plaintiff was clearly suffering from addiction to both substances. Although there was no direct evidence of the plaintiff using either substance before the first accident, there was sufficient evidence to allow the court to draw the inference that the plaintiff had started using the substances…

January 20, 2022

Jennifer Brun appointed as Queen’s Counsel

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HBLC has the honour of announcing to the public that Jennifer Brun is now Jennifer Brun, QC. Under the authority of the Queen’s Counsel Act, the Attorney-General of British Columbia, upon consultation with the Chiefs of all three levels of courts, two members of the Law Society, and one member of the Canadian Bar Association may appoint: “…Provincial officers under the names of Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law for the Province of British Columbia” ( s. 2(1), Queen’s Counsel Act).  By statute, the quota of Queen’s Counsel may be no more than 7% of the members of the…

December 1, 2021

Jennifer Brun appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court Civil & Family Rules Committee for five-year term.

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Jennifer Brun appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court Civil & Family Rules Committee for five-year term. With great pride, the Directors of Harris & Brun Law Corporation congratulate fellow director Jennifer Brun on her appointment by the Attorney General to the British Columbia Supreme Court Civil & Family Rules Committee to represent the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch. The Provincial Government describes the purpose of the Committee in the following terms: The British Columbia Supreme Court Civil & Family Rules Committee (the “Rules Committee”) provides advice and makes recommendations on changes to the Supreme Court Rules that are…

September 1, 2021

Jennifer Brun interviewed in the Vancouver Sun regarding B.C. government review of civil juries.

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Since COVID-19 hit last year, the B.C. government suspended civil juries to protect the health and safety of people working and using the court system. The government is now looking into whether or not eliminating civil juries altogether would benefit the justice system and is reaching out to legal organizations and the public for input. Jennifer Brun had the opportunity to give her thoughts to the Vancouver Sun on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch). She noted that civil juries provide important substantive individual rights. As such, Jennifer explained that the CBA(BC)’s view is that decisions affecting individual…

August 10, 2021

I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.

Jennifer Brun

This article first appeared in BarTalk, August 2021 here and is republished with permission. I have always been a proud Canadian. When I backpacked internationally, I was certain to display my embroidered Canadian flag. I was taught that Canada’s social fabric is a mosaic, not a melting pot. Brightly coloured pieces of ethnicity, culture, language, racial identity, sexual orientation, and gender identity inlayed side-by-side, creating harmonious beauty. That everyone is equal before and under the law, and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination. Recently, however, my utopian vision of Canada has been shattered. In…

February 19, 2021

Canadian Lawyer magazine interviews Jennifer Brun about CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021

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Jennifer Brun, president of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. Branch, spoke with Canadian Lawyer about CBABC’s report on modernizing the justice system in British Columbia. The report, entitled Agenda for Justice 2021, offers over 40 recommendations impacting 22 key areas to improve access to justice for British Columbians. The report also identifies where the legal community and the B.C. government can work collaboratively to move the justice system forward. The pandemic led to major disruptions in the justice system, but it also galvanized the court system and the legal profession to use available technologies and take the leap to virtual…

February 11, 2021

Susan Rowed Retires: Thank You and Congratulations

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Susan Rowed has recently retired from the practice of law. The director of HBLC would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan for her many years of service to our firm. Susan joined Harris and Brun on April 1, 2003, as an associate, at what was then a partnership. Before she joined the firm she had obtained extensive experience in the field of personal injury litigation. She was an integral part of the firm, up until her first departure in March 2012, when she and her husband decided to move away from Vancouver. We continued to stay in touch…

November 13, 2020

CBABC President Jennifer Brun Profiled in The Advocate

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For those of you who don’t know Jennifer Brun, her portrait graces the cover of the November 2020 issue of The Advocate.  The issue includes an “On the Front Cover,” piece written by Lyle Harris, Q.C., that introduces our valued colleague and now president of the CBABC. You can read the article HERE.

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

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