Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to welcome Andrea Raso to Chair the firm's Labour & Employment Group. Andrea's practice includes acting for employers in defence of wrongful dismissal and related tort claims; disability benefits litigation; human rights complaints; privacy complaints; injunctions; class actions; employment standards complaints; labour board hearings; rights arbitration and workers compensation; and health and safety matters. She has developed significant expertise acting for a broad range of private and public sector employers and has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1989 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 1992. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994, British Columbia in 2008 and Northwest Territories in 2011. She also obtained a Mediation Certificate from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2002.
During the 21st Annual Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP-ACPDP™) National Conference, which took place from April 9 to 11, 2014 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Amy Mortimore, who was also on the Host Committee responsible for organizing the conference, presented on the subject of "Changes for Charities and Gift Planning under BC Estate Law: What charities need to know about the Wills, Estates and Succession Act". Both the seminar and the Conference overall were well received by the hundreds of gift planners, financial advisors and other related professionals who attended. Clark Wilson also sponsored a photographer, Nick Darcy, to take photographs on all three days of the event, which will be provided directly to CAGP and Clark Wilson.
In April 2014, Lyall D. Knott, Q.C. was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board to the Canada Institute of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Institute was founded in 2001 to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policy makers and opinion leaders. The Institute is dedicated exclusively to exploring emerging policy issues between Canada and the U.S. The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson.
An article by Aaron Singer and Ravinder Bindra entitled "Going North: Foreign Investment in Canada" was published in the Spring/Summer issue of USLAW Magazine. In it, they discuss the legal regimes governing foreign investment in Canada.
Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to announce that James Speakman has been appointed Managing Partner of the firm, effective April 1, 2014. James' career of over 25 years effectively combines legal practice with the business experience earned through 11 years in executive-level leadership positions in BC's private sector real estate industry.
As Managing Partner, James will focus on Clark Wilson's strategic priorities: pursuing innovative solutions to clients' legal and business challenges and developing our team around a shared vision of excellence. He will continue to conduct his practice during his term as Managing Partner.
According to Business in Vancouver's list of the "Biggest real estate deals of 2013", Clark Wilson's Commercial Real Estate Group once again acted on more big deals than any other law firm, including 4 out of the top 10 deals.
Sarah Jones has been appointed as Chair of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region's (UDI) Women of UDI Committee. The UDI is a non-profit real estate association that promotes sustainable urban growth, and high quality residential, commercial and industrial developments. Sarah has been involved with UDI since 2006.
The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia has just released its new Annual Review of Law & Practice. Now in its 23rd edition, the book compiles and analyzes the key developments from 2013 in more than 35 legal areas. Jeffrey Vicq, a partner in Clark Wilson's Technology and Intellectual Property Groups, authored the chapter on Copyright Law.
Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to welcome a new partner, Chris Ramsay, to lead the firm's Insolvency & Restructuring Group. Chris acts for a wide range of stakeholders that are impacted by insolvency, including insolvent companies that require restructuring, creditors, bondholders, directors and officers and shareholders, and also advises insolvency professionals (including trustees, receivers and monitors). Chris also has extensive experience advising on a wide range of business disputes and issues, including acting for shareholders and other stakeholders in the context of adversarial proceedings in both arbitration and court proceedings. He has practised in British Columbia for 19 years but started his legal career as a Barrister-at-Law in London, England having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1996.
The firm also welcomes Katie Mak as an associate with the Insolvency & Restructuring Group. Katie received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 2012 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2013.