Bernard LLP is recognized as a “Band 1” law firm in relation to shipping in Canada by Chambers & Partners in their 2014 global guide to lawyers. The guide has the following to say:
What the team is known for A prominent Vancouver-based firm with a strong focus on admiralty and maritime matters throughout the West Coast. Notable expertise in P&I defence as well as shipping regulatory matters. Also advises on casualty response and occupational health and safety.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: “They have intimate knowledge of the sector – you can get things done quickly and efficiently with them.”
Founding partner Peter Swanson “is very tenacious, knows the law and defends his clients well.” He is noted for his expertise in cargo claims as well as charter party disputes, bills of lading and regulatory issues.
Gary Wharton is well known for his representation of shipowners and P&I clubs, and stands out for his experience in coastal tug and tow files. He also advises on shipbuilding and disputes, and has significant expertise in relation to marine environmental management. One source said: “He is a very competent and able guy who can really see critical issues quickly.”
Thomas Hawkins has notable expertise in P&I defence work as well as local insurance matters. He is described as “a good practitioner with sound judgement.”
Further details can be seen on their website at: www.chambersandpartners.com.
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