Litigation Misconduct 2017

Course Date: November 17, 2017

Total: 5h 8min

Welcome and Introduction

Special Costs and Increased Costs 

  • special costs and the “reprehensible conduct” standard
  • pre-litigation conduct
  • summary assessment
  • increased costs and misconduct

Robert W. Cooper, QCCooper Litigation, Vancouver
Emily Kirkpatrick — McEwan Partners, Vancouver

Untangling the Knot: Special Costs, Punitive, Aggravated and Abuse of Process Damages

  • sanctioning misconduct — separating damanges and costs

Layne HellrungFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver


Procedural Strategies for Addressing Misconduct 

  • applications, including security for costs, abuse of process, striking pleadings and for failure to comply with the Rules
  • injunctions
  • case management
  • vexatious litigant orders

    Geoff BowmanNorton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver
    Christopher S. WilsonNorton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver 

Document Disclosure Misconduct 

  • breach of the implied undertaking and sealing/protective orders
  • the affidavit of documents
  • sanctions for document misconduct

    Shea H. Coulson — Coulson Litigation, Vancouver

Law Society Complaints: Counsel’s Obligations 

  • what are counsel’s obligations?
  • when is resolution between counsel appropriate
  • when and how to make a complaint
  • responding to frivolous complaints and threats

Jean P. Whittow, QCSugden, McFee & Roos LLP, Vancouver

Under the Covers 

  • claims and activities that the LSBC insurance program compulsory policy covers
  • risks the compulsory policy doesn't cover, such as trust shortages caused by fraudsters and thieves
  • commercial liability insurance products that help protect you from those risks

Coran Cooper-Stephenson — Claims Counsel, Lawyers Insurance Fund, Vancouver
Maryanne Prohl
— Claims Counsel, Lawyers Insurance Fund, Vancouver 


Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable: Being Effective Counsel 

  • being effective — civility is not weakness
  • dealing with incivility — examples from practice
  • promoting civility in practice

William E. Knutson, QCSHK Law Corporation, Vancouver

Costs Against Counsel

  • the law of costs against counsel
  • recent guidance from the SCC in Jodoin
  • a policy discussion

John W. Horn QC — Ramsay Lampman Rhodes, Nanaimo
Greg PalmHamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corp.


Panel: The Line Between Zealous Advocacy and Misconduct 

Moderator: Layne Hellrung — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver 
Alison M. LatimerArvay Finlay LLP, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion — Closing Remarks