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June 27, 2017

Separation Agreements: Why do I Need a Lawyer if we Agree?

Heather Mathison

When we talk about divorce and divorce lawyers, we usually think of hostile attitudes and battle-royales in the courtroom. However, I’ve had many clients come to me where the relationship breakdown is amicable and, to their credit, they have reached agreement. Many people might question why they should go to a lawyer if they agree on everything already. Other people question the expense of a lawyer to draft a separation agreement. Instead they may turn to a self-help book to draft the agreement themselves or not bother to write down anything at all. For some people, they will be right…

April 19, 2017

Appeal Win Protects Experts and Defendants Alike

Michael Wilhelmson

On January 27, 2017, Mr. Justice Funt of the Supreme Court of British Columbia overturned a master’s decision, which had incorrectly held that the court has no power to order a Plaintiff to sign a reasonable consent to treatment form. I acted as counsel representing the Defendants. His Lordship ruled that the courts of British Columbia most certainly CAN make such an order to give effect to the Supreme Court Civil Rules, including the right of a Defendant in a personal injury action to compel the Plaintiff to attend a medical assessment with the expert of his or her choice…

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…

July 30, 2014

Successful Plaintiff Trial Awards

Harris & Brun

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…

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…

May 7, 2010

April 2010

Lyle Harris

Welcome to our new website, and the second edition of our firm’s blog. The first edition of our firm’s blog was posted by my partner, Robert Brun, as part of his (successful) campaign for election as Second Vice President of the Canadian Bar Association. Robert will assume his office at the annual convention in Niagara Falls in August 2010, and will accede to the office of First Vice President in 2011, before becoming President of the Canadian Bar Association at the Vancouver convention in August 2012. Congratulations Robert! This edition of the firm blog features another one of our lawyers,…

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