Who’s Who Legal has identified Gary Wharton, Peter Swanson, and David Jones for inclusion in its 2016 publication as leaders in the field of shipping and maritime law. Bernard LLP has the highest number of Who’s Who ranked maritime lawyers on Canada’s west coast and the second highest number in all of Canada. Gary Wharton is identified as one of six lawyers described as “Most Highly Regarded Individuals.” The analysis section of the Who’s Who report says the following about Bernard LLP lawyers:
Bernard follows closely behind with three listings in the chapter. Gary Wharton has spent over 25 years practising as a maritime law adviser and litigator; sources recommend him for his “vast experience and clear practical advice.” He is joined by Peter Swanson who is described as a “brilliant practitioner”. He specialises in civil and regulatory liability for ship pollution and collision incidents. Meanwhile, David Jones stands out for his expertise in maritime litigation.