Kathryn Deo is a founding partner of Arbutus Law Group LLP, and served as Managing Partner from its inception in September 2013 until the end of 2017.
Kathryn 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 more than 100 laws under the FMA, including property taxation and assessment, property transfer 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.
Kathryn is recognized in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada as among Canada’s top practitioners in Aboriginal Law.