Diane Bell is a partner of the firm and chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. She is also a member of the Wealth Preservation Group.
A UBC law school graduate, Diane is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2011 in three areas of practice: commercial mediation, family mediation and family law. She has also been named by Best Lawyers as Vancouver's "Lawyer of the Year" for Family Law in 2013 and for Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2015. Diane is also listed in the current Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as "repeatedly recommended", attesting to her practical and goal oriented approach to ADR. Diane has garnered a considerable reputation as a formidable mediator with practical business sense. She is used extensively by her peers.
Diane's mediation practice focuses on dispute resolution of complex financial cases. These cases involve claims to business interests, particularly in family law disputes, along with a variety of other commercial disputes including but not limited to insurance claims, offshore asset disputes, pension interest disputes and disputes involving estates and trusts.
Diane continues her family law practice but it is limited to representation of high net worth individuals interested in a discreet and private negotiated settlement. In addition, she is particularly adept at the drafting and negotiating of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements. In the separation setting, she guides her clients to non-litigious solutions to family law issues either through the Collaborative Divorce Process or by direct negotiation between counsel.
Diane has been published in numerous Continuing Legal Education materials including the Family Law Agreements Manual, the British Columbia Family Practice Manual, the Family Law Sourcebook fro British Columbia, Professional Legal Training materials, BC Women's Magazine and others. She is also one of the Editors of the Financial Aspects of Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia and sat as a member of the Pension Division Project Committee of the British Columbia Law Institute. She has also presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institute on What Business Owners need to know about the Family Relations Act.