News Category: Announcements

James Vander Woude Changes Careers

June 9th, 2015

After much reflection, James has decided to leave the practice of law to pursue a new vocation in church leadership.  James will be part of a team serving the people of Trinity Central, a Christian church in downtown Vancouver.  He can be reached by email at   We wish James and his family all the best.… more »

Tom Hawkins Appointed to Pacific Regional Advisory Council on Oil Spill Response

April 15th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Tom Hawkins was recently appointed to the Pacific Regional Advisory Council on Oil Spill Response by the Minister of Transport. Regional Advisory Councils, established under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, are advisory bodies that identify and make recommendations on policy issues affecting oil spill preparedness and response.  One of the principle mandates is… more »

Bernard LLP Lawyers are Again “Highly Recommended”

November 17th, 2014

Who’s Who Legal Canada has selected Gary Wharton (shipping & maritime), Peter Swanson (shipping & maritime), Tom Hawkins (shipping & maritime) and Nevin Fishman (product liability defence) for inclusion in its 2014 publication. These selections are based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only experienced lawyers who have met independent international research… more »

Peter Swanson Succeeds in the Court of Appeal Upholding a Determination that a Worksafe BC Order was Unreasonable

September 16th, 2014

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia in the case of British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, 2014 BCCA 353 upheld the lower Court’s determination that a Worksafe BC order against BC Hydro should be quashed.   Peter Swanson was counsel for BC Hydro at both levels of Court.  The case turned on the… more »