Kathryn Deo is a founding partner and former Managing Partner of Arbutus Law Group LLP.
She is based in Victoria. Her practice focuses on self-governance initiatives, including negotiation of self-governance agreements and the drafting of Constitutions, Land Codes, land laws, and other laws, bylaws, and related policies.
A significant portion of Kathryn’s practice focuses on initiatives under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (“FMA”). Working with more than two dozen Indigenous communities, Kathryn has drafted over 100 laws under the FMA, including property taxation and assessment, property transfer tax, hotel tax, development cost charge, local services, taxpayer representation, business activity tax, fees and charges, and financial administration laws. She is also general counsel to the First Nations Finance Authority.
Kathryn is a member of the First Nations Tax Administrators Association (“FNTAA”) and an active member of the CBA National Aboriginal Law section.
In 2019, she was appointed to the Tsawwassen First Nation Judicial Council.
Kathryn is working on her LL.M. in Dispute Resolution through Osgoode Hall.
Kathryn has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory every year since 2017 and in the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada as among Canada’s top practitioners in Aboriginal Law.