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Russell Robertson Associate

Russell’s litigation practice is focused on complex commercial disputes, large scale insurance claims or injury cases, and appeals. Russell regularly appears before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and various regulatory boards and tribunals. Russell has also written articles on limitations periods, administrative practice and maritime law matters.

Representative Cases

Triple Eagle Logistic Canada Inc. LCJ Great Trading Ltd, et al, 2017 BCSC 1147: In this action we successfully prosecuted the plaintiff’s claims to payment of its unpaid invoices and successfully defended the defendants counterclaims of fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract. The parties previously reached a settlement agreement on the unpaid invoices, which the defendants breached. Further to a provision in the settlement agreement, the defendant was held liable to reimburse the plaintiff for all of its litigation expenses.

Anadolu Efes v. Sebucom International Corporation, 2016 BCSC 1583: In this action we successfully defended against the plaintiff, foreign beverage producer’s, application for judgment on invoices it alleged contained enforceable Bills of Exchange or trade acceptances. The defendant alleged that the products sent by the plaintiff had contained packaging defects, which had caused the defendant to incur significant expenses.

0769449 B.C. Ltd. v. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, [2015] F.C.J. No. 257: In this proceeding, the applicant trucking company’s licence to transport shiping containers had been terminated and it sought to challenge the Port Authority’s decision. The name of the decision-maker was not provided in either the suspension or termination decisions. While the trucking company was trying to discover the name of the decision maker, the 30-day deadline for commencing a judicial review lapsed, and as a result the Port sought to dismiss the proceeding. The Federal Court ruled in the trucking company’s favour. The trucking company was entitled to know who made the termination decision and could not have known the name of the decision-maker unless the port authority provided it. The Port Authority refused to perform its duty to provide the name. As the name of the decision-maker had since been disclosed, mandamus was no longer an appropriate remedy. The trucking company was given an extension of time to commence a judicial review of the decision.

Badesha v. Snowland Sporting Goods Ltd., [2014] B.C.J. No. 289: In this action concerning the breach of a real estate transaction, we successfully repelled an application by the Defendants to intiate complicated Third Party proceedings long after the litigation had commenced. The issues in dispute in the original action differed from those in dispute between the defendant and the third parties. The issues of alleged fraud and negligence on the part of the realtor in the proposed Third Party proceeding were separate and distinct and can only be properly determined after the issues in the original action have been decided. There would be prejudice to the plaintiff, because the trial date would be lost. The application was dismissed by a Supreme Court Master. A chambers Judge dismissed the Defendant’s appeal because the Defendant had provided no satisfactory explanation of the delay in filing the third party notice, and the plaintiffs had done all in their power to move the case along promptly to trial.

IDSS Enterprises Ltd. v. Dynasty P.G. & Grandsons Holding Inc., 2012 BCSC 1246: Acted as junior counsel at trial advancing a claim for unpaid monies owing under a share purchase agreement. The defendant had filed a counterclaim of over $2 million. The plaintiff and the defendant were companies in partnership. The defendant agreed to buy out the plaintiff's interest. They signed a handwritten agreement that referred to an equal division of accounts receivable and accounts payable up to the date of the agreement. On the following day, they signed a share purchase agreement that referred instead to an equal division of "profits" and "liabilities" up to the date of the agreement and required the defendant to provide an accounting of the plaintiff's "share of the profits" on the closing date. The plaintiff relied on the language in the handwritten agreement in claiming that the defendant still owed money. The defendant relied on the wording found in the share purchase agreement in arguing for a return of money. The question was what was meant by the word "profits" in the share purchase agreement. It was appropriate to look to the handwritten agreement for evidence of the parties' intention. The required payment was one half of the amount by which accounts receivable exceeded accounts payable on the date of the agreement. The plaintiff was awarded damages of $316,900.

Professional and Other Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), Maritime Law Section, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), Insurance Law Section, Member
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association, Member

Other Interests

Russell’s personal interests include skiing, softball, hockey and getting away to his family cabin in the Gulf Islands.

Russell Robertson

Areas of Practice