Annual Report 2015/2016

Submitted by Section Chair, Raman Johal

Summary of Meetings

Number of Meetings Held: 5

October 6, 2015
Guest Speaker: Richard B. Lindsay, QC, P.Eng, Founding Partner of Lindsay LLP and Scott Urquhart, Lindsay LLP
Meeting Title/Topic: Case Discussion: Acciona v. Allianz - The Appellate Standard of Review and Workmanship Exclusions
Synopsis: The BCCA has recently rendered two apparently conflicting decisions on the appellate standard of review applicable to standard form contracts such as insurance policies. And two conflicting lines of authorities are emerging in BC and Alberta with respect to defects exclusions in course of construction policies. Counsel for the defendant insurers in Acciona, Richard B. Lindsay, QC and S.W. Urquhart, will present on these issues and the interpretation of common design/workmanship exclusions in Canada.

November 26, 2015
Guest Speaker: Pat Williams, Member of CRT Shannon Salter, Chair of CRT
Meeting Title/Topic: Civil Resolution Tribunal
Synopsis: Introduction to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

January 28, 2016
Guest Speaker: Scott Nielsen, District Registrar - Vancouver Cherisse Friesen, Counsel, Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia Peter Lawless, Counsel, Legal Services Branch- Ministry of Justice
Meeting Title/Topic: That Settles it? Panel Discussion on Pre and Post Settlement Considerations
Synopsis: Panel discussion on pre and post settlement considerations including a discussion of the Health Care Costs Recovery Act, infant settlements and settling a bill of costs.

March 31, 2016
Guest Speaker: Gordon Hilliker
Meeting Title/Topic: The Many Faces of the Pollution Exclusion
Synopsis: The history of the pollution exclusion from its introduction in the 1970s up to the present time. Knowledge of the earlier forms is useful not only for putting the current form in context but also for dealing with long-tail environmental damage claims.

June 28, 2016
Guest Speaker: Rick Lindsay & Greg Tucker
Meeting Title/Topic: Insurance Lawyer of the Year / AGM
Synopsis: AGM and honouring Greg Tucker as Insurance Lawyer of the Year.

Comments and Observations of the Chair

The use of subsection funds is overly restrictive and unnecessary.