Laura is a litigator practicing in all areas of civil and commercial litigation. Laura has appeared as both trial and appellate counsel, including before all levels of court in British Columbia, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before various arbitration and administrative tribunals.
Laura advises and represents clients in a broad range of industries, including complex securities actions, civil fraud, shareholders’ disputes and oppression remedies, and administrative and constitutional law issues. Laura is also litigation counsel to pension and benefit trusts, and has experience representing clients at the appellate level in respect of judicial 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 Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution 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."
- Advocates’ Club, Member
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member
- Vancouver Board of Trade, Member
- ShEvalesco Female Empowerment Association, Director
- Nicola Wealth Management Invitational to Benefit Arts Umbrella, Committee Member
- Access Pro Bono Civil Chambers Project, Volunteer
- 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 in the B.C. Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Canada in a successful constitutional challenge to the application of money laundering laws to lawyers in Canada. The decision supported the protection of solicitor client privilege as a constitutional principle and established the lawyers' duty of commitment to 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)
News & Publications
News & Publications
- New BC Franchises Act will come into force on February 1, 2017, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, October 4, 2016
- Impossible is nothing: Ontario court finds franchise disclosure before franchise location and head lease are determined is no disclosure at all, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, September 30, 2016
- Use it or lose it: Restrictive covenants in Franchise Agreements, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, March 4, 2016
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- British Columbia (2009)
Queen’s University (B.A.H., 2005)
University of Ottawa (LL.B., 2008)