Diane M. Bell, K.C.

Diane M. Bell, K.C.


Clark Wilson LLP

Recognized since 2011

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Family Law

Family Law Mediation

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Family Law Mediation
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Family Law
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Mediation gives people more control over the outcome of their disputes and provides privacy over what are often highly sensitive issues for the parties involved. Many people do not fully realize the lack of control one faces at trial nor do people understand the truly public nature of the courthouse.

As a mediator, Diane helps clients overcome legal challenges in a fair and efficient manner. She manages emotions and expectations, and, by engaging in an active risk analysis, she helps to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.

Diane is engaged to help people overcome impasses that, even to their counsel, appear to be impossible impediments to a resolution. By working closely with the parties and their counsel, Diane achieves compromise where there only appears to be deeply entrenched positions. This process allows all parties to move forward with certainty as to the outcome.

Although approximately 80% of Diane’s time is now devoted to mediation, she has maintained a small, restricted family law practice. Having practiced family law for over 30 years, she has garnered a broad skillset, which includes a solid understanding of tax issues, complex business structures, corporate reorganizations, off-shore investments, trust law, estates and pensions. All of these areas become familiar territory for a seasoned family law lawyer. In addition, Diane has a well-honed ability to effectively deal with emotions as they inevitably run high in most family law cases.

Whether it is securing the financial future of children after a divorce or resolving a dispute between shareholders of an ongoing business enterprise, the issues are highly visceral, complicated and problematic. Clients appreciate that Diane’s skillset includes being a quick study of complex issues (factual and legal), being able to manage multiple goals that seem to be contradictory and, through a hands-on risk analysis, finding compromise on competing positions.

As an honouree of the Queen’s Counsel, Diane has garnered a strong reputation as a successful mediator with practical business sense. She is also recognized by Best Lawyers and Lexpert.

Diane strongly believes that there are very few cases that cannot be resolved. The legal process is stressful; therefore, assisting people in reaching a resolution is truly her passion.

Location

  • 885 West Georgia Street, Suite 900
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3H1
    Canada

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1985

Clark Wilson LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

34 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

7 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Family Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Family Law Mediation, Vancouver, Canada (2023)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Vancouver, Canada (2018)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Vancouver, Canada (2015)
  • Family Law, Vancouver, Canada (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Lexpert, repeatedly recommended
  • Queen's Counsel

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