February 27th, 2019
CMAC was established in 1959 and “… has been committed to building a team of elite arbitrators with strong work ethics and substantial relevant experience.” In accordance with that philosophy Bernard LLP partner, Peter Swanson, was appointed as arbitrator with CMAC. The appointment is effective from September 1, 2018 and extends through to April 30, 2020, subject to renewal. … more »
February 5th, 2019
The Federal Court recently issued an important decision regarding whether the Ship-Source Oil Pollution Fund (“SOPF”) can recover for pollution clean-up costs from a company (or its’ principal shareholder) that was not the actual owner of a barge, but that remained, through inadvertence, the registered owner: see The Administrator of the Ship-Source Oil Pollution Fund v. Dr. Jim Halvorson Medical … more »
January 22nd, 2019
On December 5, 2018, the BC Law Institute (BCLI), www.bcli.org issued a report on reform of BCLI’s Employment Standards Reform Project. The 320 page Report contained 71 recommendations for changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The Project has been underway since the fall of 2014 with support from labour and business organizations, the Law Foundation of BC,… more »
November 16th, 2018
Bernard LLP articled student, Ryan Bernard, is the recipient of the Jim Davey Award from the Canadian Transportation Research Forum’s 2017-2018 Student Paper Competition for his paper entitled “Autonomous Shipping and Seaworthiness: How Emerging Technologies Will Affect the Carriage of Goods By Sea”.
This is a significant achievement for Ryan and a reflection of his hard work and dedication to … more »
October 12th, 2018
The Partners of Bernard LLP are pleased to announce that Elyn Underhill has joined the firm as associate counsel. Elyn has over 25 years of experience practicing in the field of maritime law, including marine insurance, ship construction contracts, charter parties, and marina leases as well as related litigation. The Partners have worked opposite Elyn over the years and are… more »
June 4th, 2018
The Partners of Bernard LLP are delighted to welcome Harry Ormiston as the newest member of our litigation team. Harry articled with Bernard LLP after graduating with both a Juris Doctor and LLM from Bond University in Australia. Harry is a welcomed addition to the litigation side of the firm and will work closely with our senior lawyers to provide… more »
November 7th, 2017
The Partners of Bernard LLP are delighted to welcome Jason Hicks as the newest member of our legal team. Jason brings a wealth of legal and business experience to the firm having practiced as in-house counsel for over a decade with significant contributors to the Vancouver market, including the Vancouver International Airport Authority and most recently Pacific NorthWest LNG.
“Jason… more »
August 22nd, 2017
Best Lawyers Canada has recently released the results of their upcoming 2018 peer review assessments. Bernard LLP lawyers have again been highly rated, including David Jones being recognized as 2018 Vancouver Maritime Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Gary Wharton, Peter Swanson and Tom Hawkins have also been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada for their work in the field… more »
June 22nd, 2017
The partners of Bernard LLP congratulate former articling student Karissa Kelln on her recent call to the Bar of British Columbia and are pleased she will stay on with the firm as the newest member of the firm’s Business Law group.
Karissa brings a unique set of skills including a strong business and transportation law background to her practice… more »
March 27th, 2017
The Partners of Bernard LLP are pleased to welcome Anne Amos-Stewart as the newest member of our legal team. Anne brings a unique combination of business and legal experience to the firm having practiced at a large Vancouver firm prior to taking up an in-house counsel/business role in a medium sized B.C. business. Anne has a particular interest in employment,… more »