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Appellate Practice

Deep experience with Canada’s appellate courts makes McEwan Partners counsel of choice for appellate work.

McEwan Partners frequently advocates for its clients on appeal, including at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.

McEwan Partners offers decades of experience in appeals involving a range of legal subjects. Just a few of the appeals successfully argued by our lawyers include: Sun-Rype Products Limited v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2013 SCC 58 (competition law and class actions); Unla v. United Airlines, Inc., 2017 BCCA 316 (business practices, restitution, and class actions); British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited, 2009 BCCA 540 (duty of care and product liability); Aurizon Mines Ltd. v. Northgate Minerals Corporation, 2006 BCCA 340 (enforce-ability of standstill agreement to restrain hostile takeover bid); City of Parksville v. Chet Construction, 2005 BCCA 603 (constitutional law); Law Society of British Columbia v. Mangat, [2001] 3 S.C.R. 113 (constitutional law); CW Acquisition Inc. v. Cathton Holding Ltd. (1997), 43 B.C.L.R. (3d) 129 (C.A.) (corporate law and shareholder rights).

We are frequently retained to conduct or provide opinions on appeals in cases where we were not counsel at trial. The fresh perspective of experienced appellate counsel, often working in tandem with trial counsel, serves clients well. Seven of the firm’s litigators began their legal careers as judicial law clerks, four to appellate justices. Three are former law clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada, having clerked (at different times) for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Canada’s longest-serving chief justice.

Our lawyers regularly share their professional experience and legal knowledge with others. Craig Dennis Q.C. has contributed as author and speaker at appellate advocacy courses run by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (in 2017 and 2014). Several of our lawyers teach the UBC Law School advocacy course and in CLE’s annual advocacy workshop.

 

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