Firm News

Tom Beasley continues his Marine Archaeology Work

February 6th, 2023

Tom Beasley gave a presentation to the Archaeology Department at SFU on January 19, 2023 entitled the History, Evolution and Future of Underwater Archaeology in Canada.  The SFU presentation was in part to start a discussion at SFU and beyond, on the creation of: a graduate program in maritime archaeology at SFU; and a Canadian Institute on Maritime Archaeology, virtual… more »

More Peer and Client Recognition for the Firm

November 28th, 2022

Bernard LLP is named by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine in its second annual list of “Canada’s Best Law Firms” in the field of transportation law.  This achievement distinguishes Bernard LLP as one of 15 firms recognized nationally, and the only transportation law boutique firm to be recognized in Vancouver.  The selection of Bernard LLP was based… more »

Buck Hughes joins the Firm

October 13th, 2022

The partners of Bernard LLP are delighted to announce the recent addition of a new lawyer to the Firm.  Buck Hughes has joined our litigation team to focus on maritime, employment and personal injury law, while also providing assistance to our business law group.  Buck was called to the BC Bar in 2016. Buck brings high quality skills and experience… more »

Bernard LLP successfully defends Catherwood Towing in the BCSC

September 23rd, 2022

Bernard LLP was successful in defending Catherwood Towing in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in a dispute over an indemnity provision. This litigation arose from the grounding of two barges while under tow by Catherwood Towing. The supplier of the barges claimed damages in an amount exceeding $800,000. Bernard LLP defended Catherwood Towing against this claim by arguing to… more »

Peter Swanson speaks at the 2022 IIC Annual Conference

September 15th, 2022

Peter Swanson recently spoke at the 2022 Insolvency Institute of Canada conference held in Kelowna, B.C. from September 8-11.   Peter was on a four person panel entitled: “The Intertidal Zone of Insolvency – Where the CCAA meets Admiralty Law.”  Peter was the sole maritime lawyer in a sea of insolvency professionals and provided some background regarding the arrest and… more »

Peter Swanson Speaks at Recent VMAA/CEITAC Seminar

September 6th, 2022

Peter Swanson recently spoke at an on-line seminar hosted jointly by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CEITAC), the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) and the CIETAC North America Arbitration Center entitled “The Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements and the Impact of Sanctions on International Arbitration.”   Peter spoke on the question of enforcement of agreements to arbitration under Canadian… more »