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Robert D. Holmes, Q.C.

Robert D Holmes

ISLN: 906402991


Telephone: 604-681-1310 Ext.102


Practice Areas

Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Arbitration

Admitted:1983, British Columbia

Law School: University of British Columbia, LL.B. 1981; Yale Law School, LL.M., 1984

Member: Law Society of B.C.; Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. (President, 2008-2010); Vancouver and Canadian Bar Associations (Past Chair, Vancouver Civil Litigation Section and

Member of Provincial Council); American Association for Justice; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Associate); B.C. Mediation and Arbitration Institute.

Member, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre, BC Domestic Panel of Arbitrators

Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2010

Robert Holmes – Volunteer Activities

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Pro bono legal counsel for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in:

  • Dixon v. B.C. (A.G.) (1986), 7 B.C.L.R. (2d) 174
  • Dixon v. B.C. (A.G.), [1989] 4 W.W.R. 393
  • Reference re Prov. Electoral Boundaries (Sask.), [1991] 2 SCR 158
  • WIC Radio Ltd. v. Simpson, 2008 SCC 40
  • Dixon v. Powell River (City), 2009 BCSC 406
  • British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2009 BCSC 436, aff’d  2011 BCCA 408
  • Breeden v. Black, 2012 SCC 19
  • Éditions Écosociété Inc. v. Banro Corp., 2012 SCC 18 (CanLII), 2012 SCC 18
  • Reference re Election Act (BC), 2012 BCCA 394
  • Penner v. Niagara (Regional Police Services Board), 2013 SCC 19

Articles Written:

  2012 “To everything there is a Seisin, A time to be Seised and a time to be Disseised”, addressing the law and procedures of expropriation– TLABC “Throwing Dirt Around” Conference 2012
  2011 Doust’s Trumpet Reveille – Funding Legal Aid as an Essential Public Service”, The Verdict, Issue 129, Summer 2011;
2011 “Civil Jury Rules – Report and Recommendations”, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia report, June 2011
2010 Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Submission to the Public Commission on Legal Aid, October 2010
2010 Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. Submission to the Judicial Justices of the Peace Compensation Commission, May 2010
2011 “Standards of Review on Appeals”, The Verdict, Issue 127, Winter 2011
2010 “The Purpose of the Rules”, The Verdict, Issue 124, Spring 2010
2010 “Misfeasance”, on holding government officials accountable in civil damage claims — CLEBC Suing the Government Seminar April 8, 2010
2009-10 TLABC President’s Message, The Verdict, various issues
2008- BC Civil Liberties Association President’s Message, Democratic Commitment, various issues
2008 BC Civil Liberties Association President’s Message, Democratic Commitment, various issues
2004 Recent Developments in Costs”, Courtroom Advocacy Skills conference of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., March 26, 2004
2002 Getting the New Litigation Tools into the Courtroom” to the Pacific Legal Technology Conference, presented by the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. and ABA-Law Practice Management Section, October 18, 2002
1992 “Shareholder Meetings”, Corporate Control and Shareholder Proceedings, Insight Conference, May 1992
1991 “Distress,” Commercial Tenancy Disputes, Continuing Legal Education conference, December 1991
1990 Chambers Practice, Course Leader, Continuing Legal Education conference, with Mr. Justice van der Hoop and Masters Kirkpatrick and McCallum
1989 “A Landlord’s Remedies,” Insight Conference on Commercial Tenancies, November 1989
1987 Recent Developments in the Law of Commercial Tenancies”, Insolvency Subsection, B.C. Branch, Canadian Bar Association paper, May 28, 1987
1987 “An Overview of Remedies,” Commercial Leases: Remedies and Enforcement, CLE International Inc. conference, December 10, 1987
1987 “Comments Upon the Law Reform Commission of B.C. Working Paper No. 61 on the Commercial Tenancy Act,” (with V. Gray of Bull, Housser & Tupper), a paper presented to the Real Estate Section of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
1987 Recent Developments in the Law of Commercial Tenancies,” The Advocate, v. 46, part 4, July 1987
1986 “The Lease in Default,” Leasing for General Practitioners, Continuing Legal Education conference, October 1986



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John W. Bilawich

John W. Bilawich

ISLN: 913891405


Telephone: 604-681-1310 Ext. 104


Practice Areas

      • Commercial Litigation
      • Civil Litigation
      • Estate Litigation

Admitted: 1992, British ColumbiaLaw School: University of Alberta, LL.B. (1991)


Memberships / Professional Associations:

      • Law Society of British Columbia (May 1992)
      • Attorney General’s BC Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2017+ Member
      • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
        • 2015 – 2017 Member, Board of Governors (At-Large)
        • 2015 – 2017 Chair, 2013-2017 Member, Rules Committee
        • 2010-2011 Member, New Rules Litigation Committee
      • Canadian Bar Association
        • 2012-2014 Member – Legislation and Law Reform Committee
        • 2012-2015 Member – Court Services Committee
        • 2011-2014 Chair – Civil Litigation – Vancouver Section
        • 2009-2011 Secretary – Vancouver Civil Litigation Section
        • 1999-2000 Secretary – Victoria Family Law Section
        • 1998-1999 Legislative Liaison – Victoria Family Law Section
      • Vancouver Bar Association
      • Advocates Society

Articles / Submissions:

      • Pre-Trial Preservation, Physical Examination and Inspection”, November 18, 2016, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “Under Pressure: Interim Tactics That Apply Pressure In Commercial Litigation”
      • Rules Amendments – What’s New … And Almost Was“, The Verdict, Summer 2016, Issue 149 – ‘Trial’ pp 46-49.
      • Costs In Estate Litigation“, May 6, 2016, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “Attacking the Will 4”
      • “Comments Concerning the Report on Uniform Civil Enforcement of Money Judgments Act, July 31, 2015, Member of TLABC ad hoc working group providing comments to BC Ministry of Justice
      • “Beneficiary Designations – An Overview of Part 5 of WESA”, June 6, 2014, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “WESA: Everything a Trial Lawyer Needs to Know About the Wills, Estates and Succession Act”
      • Costs Against Solicitors”, August 26, 2013, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Rules Committee – Submission to the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee.
      • Special Topics and Practice Update”,  May 2013, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Discovery Practice seminar – May 2013
      • Guest Blogger, Civil Litigation Practice Portal, Courthouse Libraries BC website
      • Termination Clauses in Employment Agreements”, May 2011, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Employment Law Conference – 2011
      • Comments in Response to the ‘White Paper on Limitation Reform: Finding the Balance’ and proposed amendments to The Limitation Act”, co-authored with William G. MacLeod and Stephen E. Field, CBA-BC Vancouver Civil Litigation Section, Limitation Act Reform Sub-Committee (Chair), November 15, 2010
      • Decisions Addressing the New Rules”, October 30, 2010, Trial Lawyers Association of BC  seminar, Making Sense of the New Rules



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