Wendy Baker is a Partner in the Litigation group in the Vancouver office. She practices general commercial litigation, with experience spanning many industries and areas of practice including complex commercial disputes, agriculture, construction law, aboriginal law, and administrative law, and has appeared at all levels of court in BC and federally. In 2009 Wendy was appointed Associate Commission Counsel to the Federal Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (the Cohen Commission).
Wendy is particularly interested in finding creative solutions to complex and challenging problems, and brings a breadth of experience to this task. Examples of some of the areas in which Wendy has focussed her practice are:
- Complex / commercial litigation: Wendy has been involved in a wide range of major commercial disputes, including those involving commercial leases and agreements, real estate transactions, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and actions against governmental authorities. Wendy has also represented clients in professional negligence claims against architects and lawyers.
- Agriculture: Wendy has acted for many farmers and processors in disputes with regulatory agencies in BC, the Western provinces, and federally. Specific issues have included the scope of regulatory powers, competition, food safety, interprovincial and international trade, and commodity price setting in the province.
- Construction litigation: Wendy has represented owners, developers, contractors and trades in disputes ranging from breach of contract to negligence, and a large portion of her construction work in recent years has centered on large multi-party litigation.
- Aboriginal law: Wendy has been involved in aboriginal rights and title issues, and has represented bands on issues involving reserve lands, resource development, business development, business disputes and governance.
Wendy is an adjudicator with the Financial Services Tribunal, the BC Motor Vehicle Sales Authority, and the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund. She has also been appointed to the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal.