February 16th, 2021
United Yacht Transport LLC v. Blue Horizon Corporation, 2020 FC 1067: This case dealt with a claim for unpaid freight and fees owing to the plaintiff, a yacht transporter, for transporting the defendant yacht the Knight Ship from Florida to British Columbia. Following arrival in British Columbia the yacht was arrested for the unpaid amounts. David Jarrett and Harry … more »
February 8th, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Lorna Pawluk, who has practiced in association with Bernard LLP since 2006, was appointed on February 4, 2021 by the provincial government to the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC. Lorna will be an extremely valuable addition to the Board bringing her extensive experience dealing with occupational health and safety and workplace safety matters… more »
January 27th, 2021
David S. Jarrett was recently appointed as the Legislative Committee Chair for the Executive Committee of the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia (“MIABC”) for the 2021 – 2022 term. As Legislative Liaison, David’s duties include keeping the MIABC’s Executive Committee updated on any legislative changes or court decisions that may affect its membership. This is David’s second time as … more »
September 10th, 2020
Bernard LLP has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 (leading) firm in the field of Transportation: Shipping in Nationwide – Canada. Four of Bernard LLP’s maritime lawyers are also individually ranked: Gary Wharton (Band 2); Peter Swanson (Band 1); Tom Hawkins (Band 2) and David Jones (Band 3). No other firm has a greater concentration… more »
August 27th, 2020
Four of Bernard LLP lawyers have again be recognized by Best Lawyers as leaders in the field of Maritime Law. They are: Gary Wharton (recognized since 2008); Peter Swanson (recognized since 2006); Tom Hawkins (recognized since 2008); David Jones (recognized since 2015). Additionally Lorna Pawluk, Q.C. is again recognized as a leader in Workers’ Compensation Law, having been so recognized… more »
May 29th, 2020
Bernard LLP is committed to the safety of its staff and to the wellbeing of the community we serve.
Our COVID-19 response plan and systems are designed to allow us to provide continuing and essential services to clients as uninterrupted as possible. Please continue to contact the lawyers in the firm as you normally would.
As governments are now moving… more »
April 3rd, 2020
Continuing the trend, Bernard LLP and a number of its lawyers have been ranked as leaders in the field of transport law (defined by Doyles Guide as including admiralty, aviation, shipping, road and rail transport). Bernard LLP has been ranked as one of two “First Tier” firms and the only “First Tier” transport law firm in British Columbia. All… more »
March 17th, 2020
The ongoing development of COVID-19 has required Bernard LLP to regularly review our day to day operational practices. Starting March 17, and based on advice from the federal, provincial and local governments, a number of our staff will be working remotely, although our office will remain open.
Importantly, Partners and Associate lawyers will continue to work either in office or… more »
January 8th, 2020
We are pleased to announce that Connie Risi has been appointed as a Public Member of the Board of the College of Optometrists of British Columbia. A large part of Connie’s practice is in the area of professional regulation and liability. In that context, she has represented healthcare professionals with respect to registration issues, complaints, disciplinary proceedings and other… more »
September 19th, 2019
Bernard LLP maritime lawyers, Gary Wharton, Peter Swanson, Tom Hawkins and David Jones are again recognized as a top-tier (Band 1) admiralty law team in Canada. According to the guide the team is known as a “significant player in the market” and “a pre-eminent Vancouver maritime practice group, lauded for its effective transactional and litigation advice to domestic … more »