SMR lawyers David Eleff and Elizabeth Janzen were counsel for Mr. Michael Smith, a firefighter and father of two who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident. He sustained a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic headaches, PTSD, and neck and back pain that had had become chronic by the time of trial. Expert opinion was that […]
Mike Shirreff and David Eleff were recently successful on a summary trial application for a national union client: Speckling v. CEP, 2023 BCSC 1446. The claim against the unions arose from events in the late 1990s at a pulp and paper mill in Powell River, British Columbia. For the past 20+ years, the plaintiff and […]
SMR obtains large punitive damages award for wrongfully dismissed senior manager after summary trial
SMR lawyers Jessica Lithwick and Maya O. Ollek were counsel for Mr. Paul Chu in his successful claim for wrongful dismissal against the Defendant, China Southern Airlines (“China Southern”). Mr. Chu was a founding employee of China Southern’s first Canadian office, which was located in Vancouver and managed flights to and from Vancouver International Airport. […]
SMR obtains $965,000 trial award for resilient and hardworking 60-year-old professional driver in the film and television industry
SMR lawyers David Eleff and Jennifer Crosman were counsel for Mr. Harry Hachey, a single father and hardworking professional driver in the film and television industry who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He sustained a concussion and post-traumatic headaches as well as other associated difficulties which had become chronic by the time of […]
Mike Shirreff and Jenny Crosman are representing a patient in a lawsuit against a pathologist who allegedly wrongfully diagnosed her with breast cancer.
Ms. Bentlee alleges that the pathologist was negligent when making an allegedly wrongful finding that a tissue biopsy taken of her was malignant when in fact it was benign. Ms. Bentlee underwent chemotherapy and surgery as a result of the diagnosis and experienced significant complications and disruption to her life as a result of the […]
SMR acted for the petitioner, a sergeant with the VPD, in this judicial review of action taken by a discipline authority in a police complaint proceeding.
Mike Shirreff and Greg Cavouras successfully argued that the discipline authority exceeded his statutory jurisdiction, and took on the role of both complainant and adjudicator, resulting in a process that was unfair. Chief Justice Hinkson quashed the proceedings against the petitioner. https://canlii.ca/t/jl95w
Robin McFee, QC and Maya Ollek represented James Lightbody, the President and CEO of BC Lottery Corporation, before the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia
The Commission is tasked with examining the problem of money laundering in this province with a view to determining what public institutions have contributed to, or failed to adequately prevent, this problem. Hearings concluded on October 19, 2021. In his final report, currently expected on or before May 20, 2022, Commissioner Cullen will make recommendations […]
CLASS PROCEEDINGS (BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALBERTA) Pursuant to the terms of the Amended Amended Plan of Compromise and Arrangement of the Lutheran Church – Canada, the Alberta-British Columbia District Investments Ltd. (“DIL”) dated January 11, 2016 and the DIL Subcommittee Order made on August 2, 2016 in the CCAA Proceedings, Sugden McFee & Roos LLP […]