A Litigator's Arsenal 2017

Course Date: December 8, 2017

Total: 5h 54min

Welcome and Introduction 

Panel of Learned Litigators 

  • civil litigation strategic advice
  • chambers war stories — lessons from the front line
  • Q & A

Robert W. Cooper, QC — McEwan Cooper Dennis LLP, Vancouver
Douglas R. Eyford, QC — Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP, Vancouver
J. Kenneth McEwan, QC McEwan Cooper Dennis LLP, Vancouver

25 Tips to Supercharge Your Written Advocacy 

  • good writing can win marginal cases and bad writing can lose good ones
  • 25 tips to improve your written advocacy
    • practical and easy to implement right away in every case

Michael Feder — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver


How to Utilize Receivers in Commercial Litigation 

  • strategic use of receivers to obtain evidence in litigation from third parties
  • distinguishing among privilege, confidentiality, and admissibility
  • use of evidence from receivers or other court officers in litigation

David E. Gruber — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver

Serving as Counsel in Other Provinces: Tips and Traps 

  • getting to the local courts: the freedoms and restrictions of the Mobility Agreement
  • appearing before the local courts: Do you gown? Do you say "good morning"? Do you introduce all counsel? Regional practices and idiosyncrasies
  • easing your dealings with the local courts: shortcuts and insider secrets

Luciana P. Brasil — Branch MacMaster LLP, Vancouver

Pre-trial Injunctions: A Practical Guide 

  • gathering and drafting the evidence to meet the test
  • arguing irreparable harm and balance of inconvenience
  • seeking Mareva and Anton Piller orders
  • jurisdictional issues regarding the Internet including Norwich
  • pharmacal orders and the impact of Equustek
  • ethics, professionalism, and the duty of candour

Christopher S. Wilson — Norton Rose Fulbright Canada 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


Jurisdictional Defences Under the Court Jurisdictions and Proceedings Transfer Act

  • overview of provisions of the CJPTA
  • practical considerations for effectively advancing jurisdictional defences in litigation
  • implications of recent case law on forum non conveniens

Karen L.M. Carteri — Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP, Vancouver

Dealing with Lay Litigants: Best Techniques and Potential Pitfalls 

  • ethical issues
  • pitfalls
  • best practices

Robyn A. Jarvis — Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver

Ruminations on the "New Rules": Once More Unto the Breach 

  • the context: from whence have we come
  • the content: opportunities for innovation
  • the culture: where from here?

Peter C.P. Behie, QC — Ramsay Lampman Rhodes, Nanaimo


Do Not Hit Send: Getting Along with Opposing Counsel 

  • courtesy in the face of adversity
  • problem solving v. advocating
  • maintaining perspective

D. Michael Bain — HHBG Lawyers, Vancouver 

Judicial Panel 

  • Q & A: insights from behind the Bench on best practices in civil litigation and chambers advocacy

Moderator: David A. Crerar — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
The Honourable Mr. Justice Ward K. Branch — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Master Leslie J. Muir — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks