Firm News

Joan Rush Awarded Law Foundation Grant

June 27th, 2012

Joan Rush, Associate Counsel with Bernard LLP, was awarded a Law Foundation grant in April 2012 to study the issue of access to dental care for BC adults with developmental disabilities. Joan, and two UBC Law students working under her direction, will research the scope of Government’s obligation to ensure timely access to necessary dental treatment for this vulnerable… more »

W. Gary Wharton Featured in Lawyer’s Weekly Cover Story on Responsibility of Vessel Masters

March 2nd, 2012

Bernard LLP lawyer W. Gary Wharton is quoted in the article “Choppy Legal Water Ahead” published in the March 2, 2012 edition of The Lawyers Weekly, Canada’s leading weekly legal publication. He was interviewed by donalee Moulton and expresses his views on the responsibility of ship’s masters following the Costa Corcordia grounding off Giglio Island, Italy on January… more »

Peter Swanson to Speak on Carriage of Goods at Shipping Business Course

February 13th, 2012

February 21st, 2012 will see the roll out of a revamped Business of Shipping course with a day of focus on aspects of Shipping Law (morning) and Chartering (afternoon).  Bernard LLP lawyer Peter Swanson will present a a session on Bills of Lading and Letters of Indemnity. The afternoon session will address the structure of chartering in the bulk, tanker… more »

David K. Jones Successfully Defends Ship Owner at TATC Review

February 9th, 2012

On November 26, 2009 Transport Canada issued a Notice of Violation to a cruise ship for violations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 regarding the alleged discharge of a pollutant, failing to make entries in the oil record book, and obstructing inspectors.  The administrative penalties assessed for the alleged violations exceeded $45,000. David K. Jones of Bernard LLP represented the… more »