Laura is a litigator practicing in all areas of civil andcommercial litigation. Laura has appeared as both trial and appellate counsel,including before all levels of court in British Columbia, the Alberta Court of Queen’sBench, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before various arbitrationand administrative tribunals.

Laura advises and represents clients in a broad range ofindustries, including complex securities actions, civil fraud, shareholders’ disputes and oppression remedies, and administrative and constitutionallaw issues. Laura is also litigation counsel to pension and benefit trusts, andhas experience representing clients at the appellate level in respect ofjudicial review of decisions of administrative tribunals.

Laura has a particular interest in franchise law, having acted for franchisors and franchisees in health care, personal care and small independent businesses. She has also delivered CLEs on franchise law and the new Franchises Act coming into force in BC in February 2017. 

Laura is a contributor to Lawson Lundell's Western Canada Business Litigation Blog. Her latest articles are, "New BC Franchises Act will come into force on February 1, 2017" and "Impossible is nothing: Ontario court finds franchise disclosure before franchise location and head lease are determined is no disclosure at all."

Professional Activities

  • Advocates’ Club, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association, Member
  • Vancouver Board of Trade, Member

Community Activities

  • Access Pro Bono Civil Chambers Project, Volunteer

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2009)

Education

  • Queen’s University (B.A.H., 2005)
  • University of Ottawa (LL.B., 2008)
  • Obtained declaration regarding enforceability and transfer of a historical Net Smelter Return Royalty Agreement in the context of a concession swap for Nicaraguan mining claims.  (B2Gold v. Condor Resources PLC, 2015 BCSC 1548)
  • Successfully represented an equity lender in the enforcement of a complex multi-property, multi-borrower mortgage enforcement proceeding and defeated a related counterclaim. The action raised issues of unconscionability, fiduciary duty, abuse of a Power of Attorney and various statutory claims. (Canmerica Mortgage Corporation v. Yu, 2015 BCSC 773)
  • Represented the Canadian Bar Association as an intervener inthe B.C. Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Canada in a successfulconstitutional challenge to the application of money laundering laws to lawyersin Canada. The decision supported the protection of solicitor client privilegeas a constitutional principle and established the lawyers' duty of commitmentto his or her client as a principle of fundamental justice in Canada (Canada(Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2015 SCC 7)

  • Successfully represented BC Hydro in an appeal by Zellstoff Celgar LP from a decision of the BC Utilities Commission, in which the Commission affirmed its previous decision to approve BC Hydro’s Power Purchase Agreement with FortisBC (2015 BCCA 497)