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COVID-19 Response and Preparedness for clients and employees of Owen Bird Law Corporation

At Owen Bird Law Corporation, our first priority is the health and safety of our clients and our people. Throughout the pandemic we have implemented precautionary measures to ensure continuity of service while keeping our clients and people safe. We continue to closely monitor the progression of COVID-19 and the related guidance from Public Health authorities and WorkSafeBC.  OBLC has put a Safety Plan in place to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our office. This plan will be updated as circumstances change.

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Owen Bird Welcomes Scott Urquhart

Owen Bird Law Corporation is pleased to announce that Scott Urquhart has joined our firm as the newest member of our Insurance and Construction Dispute groups.

Called to the Bar in 2006, Scott is a litigator with extensive experience at all levels of British Columbia’s courts. In addition to practicing in the areas of insurance, civil litigation and construction law, he also has successful trial and appellate experience in commercial and fraud litigation.

Growing up in the Cariboo, Scott worked in mills and on cattle ranches, paying his way through University while working in BC’s oil and gas…

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Client and Friends Alert

Dear clients and friends,

We, like everyone else, are taking the Covid 19 pandemic seriously. As such, the majority of our lawyers and staff will be working remotely.

We would ask that you contact your lawyer at the firm directly using either e-mail or their direct dial number. Our goal is to provide prompt and ongoing support to you during this difficult state.

Court matters are all on hold. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered the suspension of all regular operations, effective immediately until further notice. All regular hearings are adjourned.

At all times,…

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Brian Cheng presents at UBC Allard School of Law

Brian Cheng presented at the UBC Allard School of Law’s first inaugural speed mentoring event co-hosted by the UBC Graduate Law Students’ Society and the Global Lawyers of Canada on March 11, 2020. The event was well attended by international lawyers and law students.

As a lawyer who practiced in the United States before returning to Canada, Brian spoke about the unique opportunities in and challenges of practicing law in Canada. He continues to be licensed to practice in the State of Washington and is called to the bar of British Columbia. While fulfilling the prerequisites to take the B.C. bar exam, Brian completed his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at UBC.​

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Owen Bird Lawyers Announce Estate Litigation Blog

Owen Bird estate litigation lawyers Duncan J. Manson and James W. Zaitsoff are pleased to announce the launch of www.BCEstateLitigation.ca, a blog to inform readers of the latest developments in estate litigation.

Estate litigation is an unfortunate but common occurrence.  As lawyers practicing in the area of estate and trust litigation in Vancouver, Duncan and James see certain recurring themes and trends.  In their blog, they identify and discuss these themes, as well as recent court decisions and legislative updates.

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Jocelyn Bellerud Assumes New Leadership Role for Interlaw’s North American Region

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Bellerud has assumed a new leadership role for Interlaw’s North American Region.  Jocelyn has been appointed Interlaw Next Gen Special Business Team Regional Chair for North America.  Jocelyn continues to serve as Interlaw Mergers & Acquisitions Special Business Team Regional Co-Chair for North America.

Owen Bird is extremely proud of its relationship with Interlaw and the international connections it offers to our clients.  Interlaw is an international network of corporate and commercial independent law firms, active in 140 different cities worldwide.

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Owen Bird welcomes new firm shareholders

Owen Bird Law Corporation is pleased to announce that Katharina Spotzl and Jennifer Williams became shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2020.

Jennifer’s practice is focused on commercial real estate, working with clients on complex transactions that include leasing, acquisitions, sales, subdivisions, development, strata conversions, financing, infrastructure and P3s. Clients appreciate Jennifer’s business acumen and in-depth understanding of the industry, gleaned during her nearly two decades as commercial real estate lawyer, which includes experience as in-house counsel for a prominent real estate developer.

Katharina practices in the areas…

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Alan Frydenlund Q.C. Presented with Interlaw Lifetime Achievement Award

The lawyers and staff of Owen Bird Law Corporation wish to congratulate Alan Frydenlund on his recent Interlaw Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to those who have “given above and beyond to lnterlaw over many years of service”.

Announced at the 2019 Annual Global Meeting in Beijing, Interlaw Chair Glenn Cunningham noted that while lifetime awards are rarely given, Alan was certainly deserving:

“His long-standing service to lnterlaw has been exemplary. His service to the board in many capacities and his friendship to everybody, especially those that have found themselves on the West coast of Canada, is legendary.”

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Owen Bird Law Corporation Celebrates Human Rights Day

Owen Bird recognizes that Human Rights Day marks the 71st anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights that everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Today, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because:

human rights are relevant to all of us, every day, our shared…

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