Hunter Litigation Chambers has been consistently recognised as one of the premier firms in British Columbia practicing in the field of dispute resolution. The senior counsel have all developed their reputations as leading litigation and arbitration counsel during their respective tenures as senior partners at three of Canada's leading corporate/commercial law firms. John Hunter Q.C., Ken McEwan Q.C., and Randy Kaardal Q.C., have consistently been identified in peer review publications as leading counsel in various litigation-related categories. Brent Olthuis has recently been identified as one of the top 40 counsel in Canada under 40. Bill Smart Q.C., who returned to practice with the firm after six years as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia adds expertise as one of British Columbia's leading criminal lawyers, including in corporate and regulatory matters. John Hunter, Ken McEwan and Bill Smart are Fellows of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.
The firm was joined this year as Associate Counsel by the Honourable Marshall Rothstein, Q.C., who served on the Supreme Court of Canada from 2006 to 2015. Mr. Rothstein will act as an arbitrator of complex commercial and public law arbitrations, as well as offering legal advice and opinions. The firm experience is enhanced by Associate Counsel Martin Taylor, Q.C., one of Canada's leading counsel and adjudicators over the past 40 years.
The firm has the depth and capability to handle the full range of commercial litigation and arbitration, product liability, aboriginal, administrative, labour and employment, public law litigation, and criminal and quasi-criminal matters. In addition to their trial level practice, counsel from Hunter Litigation Chambers appear regularly in the British Columbia Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and occasionally in the Federal Courts, including the Federal Court of Appeal and Tax Court of Canada. Our senior lawyers are experienced appellate counsel and can provide specialized appellate services to lawyers whose practice is primarily at the trial level.
The firm embraces a strong commitment to professional and academic excellence with many of its lawyers having clerked for justices of the superior courts of Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Commercial Litigation is a primary practice area for Hunter Litigation Chambers. All of the counsel in the firm practice in this area, with John Hunter Q.C. and Ken McEwan Q.C. holding leading reputations in this field.
In addition to the experience of our senior lawyers, our junior and intermediate counsel are developing strong reputations as competent and creative commercial counsel. The firm is able to assemble a team capable of handling commercial matters of any size and complexity.
Class Actions - The firm's class actions practice is headed by Ken McEwan, Q.C. Ken has handled class action issues involving medical devices, product defects, securities claims, alleged price fixing and deceptive acts, and practices contrary to consumer protection legislation. Randal Kaardal, Q.C., Michael Stephens, Claire Hunter and Emily Kirkpatrick also have extensive experience in the field.
Products Liability - Our products liability practice is headed by Ken McEwan, Q.C. Counsel from Hunter Litigation Chambers have a history of handling a variety of complex products liability matters involving failed or allegedly dangerous products. Our cases have involved failed aircraft components, machinery, roofing materials and motor vehicles. In addition, we have acted for pharmaceutical companies and handled cases involving allegedly defective medical devices and other allegedly dangerous products including tobacco.
Arbitration - The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, Q.C. joined Hunter Litigation Chambers in December 2015, after nine years on the Supreme Court of Canada, and will practice as an arbitrator, in both commercial and public law cases.
John Hunter, Q.C., Randy Kaardal, Q.C., and Michael Stephens have acted as arbitration counsel in several commercial matters and also as litigation counsel in cases arising out of arbitration proceedings, including the leading case on judicial review of arbitral decisions. As well as acting as arbitration counsel, Mr. Hunter is a Fellow of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is retained as arbitrator in commercial disputes.
Ken McEwan Q.C. is the co-author of Commercial Arbitration in Canada (Canada Law Book), the leading text on the subject and has also authored several papers on arbitration practice. In addition to his extensive experience as counsel, he has conducted arbitrations as chair of the panel as well as counsel, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Administrative and Public Law - The firm has a diverse public law practice, which includes acting for and against provincial and federal administrative tribunals and ministries in judicial review proceedings, administrative appeals, marketing board proceedings, constitutional challenges, and permit hearings.
John Hunter Q.C. has an active marketing board practice and has acted in a wide variety of legal challenges to administrative decisions. Randal Kaardal Q.C. has broad experience in public law disputes, with an emphasis in human rights and employment disputes. Michael Stephens is an annual contributor to the Continuing Legal Education's Annual Review of Law and Practice in the area of Administrative Law, and has experience before administrative tribunals and courts in judicial review proceedings. Ken McEwan Q.C., Randy Kaardal, Q.C., Bill Smart Q.C., and Brent Olthuis have recent experience practicing before professional regulatory tribunals, including representation of both the professional association and members.
Aboriginal Law - Counsel from Hunter Litigation Chambers have been in the forefront of the development of a body of Aboriginal Law in British Columbia, representing industry and government in responding to claims of Aboriginal rights and title.
Forestry Law - Mark Oulton from Hunter Litigation Chambers appears regularly before the Forest Appeals Commission, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal on forestry related matters.
Labour and Employment Law - The firm's labour and employment practice is headed by Randal Kaardal Q.C. who has over 20 years of experience handling labour and employment matters. Mr. Kaardal has been counsel on many of the leading decisions in British Columbia related to employment law, labour law, and human rights law. The firm's labour and employment practice is broad based, dealing with the full spectrum of issues arising out of the employment relationship in both the union or non-union environment.
Criminal and Regulatory Law - The firm has more recently developed a broad based criminal law and regulatory practice that includes prosecutions under the Criminal Code as well as various other Federal and Provincial Statutes and Regulations. The firm is also retained from time to time by the Crown to act on its behalf. Bill Smart has over 35 years of experience appearing in trial courts on criminal law and regulatory cases and has been a member of faculty of the Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program for the last 30 years. Brent Olthuis also appears regularly in criminal cases in all levels of court in the province.