Firm News

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 »

Tom Beasley To Speak About Supporting Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders

March 17th, 2015

Bernard LLP lawyer Tom Beasley and Dr. David Worling, a Registered Psychologist and BC’s leading Asperger’s psychologist, are co-presenting a paper on May 8, 2015 at the Employment Law CLE on “Supporting Employees with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”, which will review: clinical characteristics associated with ASD along with the unique set of employment characteristics that can impact workplace… more »

Peter Swanson Interviewed by the CBC

March 16th, 2015

Peter Swanson was interviewed and quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in their news item entitled “Challenges abound in retrieving NTCL barge adrift near Russia” posted on March 13, 2015.   Peter was asked about salvage rights that might exist for safe retrieval of a barge by a salvor.  The posting can be found at:  … more »

Tom Hawkins and David Jarrett present to the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia on Cross-Border Pollution

November 20th, 2014

Bernard LLP’s Thomas S. Hawkins and David S. Jarrett gave a presentation to the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia’s Market Committee on November 18, 2014. The presentation was entitled Cross-Border Pollution – Pacific Focus and dealt with ship-source pollution issues in both Canada and the United States as well as a comparison of the two jurisdictions’ compensation regimes.… 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 »