Annual Report 2014/2015

  • July 31, 2015

Submitted by Section Chair, Devon Windsor-Doyle

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 7

September 19, 2014
Guest Speaker: Michael Hargreaves
Meeting Title/Topic: Expert Witnesses
Synopsis: Mr. Hargreaves gave tips on best practices from retainer to trial with respect to expert witnesses.

October 17, 2014
Guest Speaker: David Bilinsky
Meeting Title/Topic: Technology for the Rest of Us
Synopsis: Mr. Bilinsky spoke about various legal software and electronic solutions available to lawyers.

November 21, 2014
Guest Speakers: Sean Sweeney, Acheson Whitley Sweeney Foley, Chris Considine, QC, Considine & Company and Sean Finn, Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan
Meeting Title/Topic: Getting Through Trial with your Sanity Intact – Non-law techniques to manage stress and get the sleep you need to perform
Synopsis: Our panel provided tips and insights gained through their years of practice on how to keep afloat when your trial schedule is busy.

January 30, 2015
Guest Speaker: John Adams - Cook Roberts
Meeting Title/Topic: Settling Employment Files – tips to ensure your cover all the bases.
Synopsis: Mr. Adams provided practical advice on matters to consider on both sides of employment files when working through them and toward resolution.

March 5, 2015
Guest Speakers: Dean Lawton, John Waddell and Mary Mouat
Meeting Title/Topic: Dealing with Difficult Counsel and other ethical dilemmas
Synopsis: Panelists presented on several topics in the area of legal ethics: Ethics in Negotiations, Dealing with Difficult Counsel, and other ethical dilemmas.

March 27, 2015
Guest Speaker: Pinder Cheema QC, and Dean Lawton - Victoria county Benchers
Meeting Title/Topic: Meet the Benchers

April 17, 2015
Guest Speakers: Mr. Justice Bracken and Natalie Foley
Meeting Title/Topic: Evidentiary Issues at Trial – Practical Tips
Synopsis: Our speakers provided practical advice on the best ways to present evidence at trial.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

The Civil Litigation - Vancouver Island subsection had a very active and successful 2014/15 year. Our meetings were well-attended and we received great feedback at each of them. Attendees commented on the value of our section to them in terms of obtaining mandatory CLE hours, as well as an opportunity to socialize with other members of the litigation community. We look forward to another successful year in 2015/16.