Jean Whittow, K.C.


Jean practices in the area administrative law and professional regulation. She acts for law societies, health colleges and other administrative tribunals, and for individuals in interactions with such bodies.

Jean served as in-house counsel to the Law Society from 1991 to 1997. She was then named Director of the Law Society’s regulatory programs, including Professional Conduct, Discipline, Special Compensation and Custodianships, Practice Standards and Audit/Investigation, and subsequently served as Executive Deputy Director of the same programs from 1999 to 2003.

Jean returned to private practice in 2003 and joined SMR in 2017.


  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1983
  • B.A. University of British Columbia, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1984
  • Yukon Territory, 2009

Areas of Practise

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) by the Attorney General of British Columbia, 2001
  • Identified as a “Litigation Star” in Administrative Law in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Appointed to the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia, 2019
  • Chair, Legal Services Society, 2019 – 2021
  • Board Member, Legal Services Society, 2015 – 2021
  • Member, Real Estate Council of BC, Trading Services Advisory Group, 2017 – 2020
  • Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Society – “Self-Governing Professions”, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008 & 2011
  • Mentor, CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum Mentoring Program, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017
  • Member, LSBC Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, 2017
  • Member, LSBC Adjudicator Code of Conduct Working Group, 2016
  • Inns of Court Program, 1998 to date

Acting as counsel in administrative hearings and court proceedings

Conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct

Advising on such topics as legislative interpretation, access to information issues, and conflicts

Designing or evaluating regulatory processes

Preparing policies, rules, bylaws and legislation

Training board members and staff on the conduct of investigations and hearings

Acting as independent counsel to administrative tribunals

Serving as an adjudicator

“Hot Tips from Hot Mentors”, Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Women Lawyer’s Forum, 2010 and 2019

“The Law Society’s Investigative Powers”, Canadian Bar Association BarTalk, August 2015 Issue

A Short Paper on Professional Ethics and Responsibility, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Women’s Retreat, October 2014

Admission to Practice, Self-Governing Professions CLE, April 4, 2014

Regulating the Regulators – “Board Members Behaving Badly”, Self-Governing Professions CLE, April 1, 2011

Enforcement Litigation/Discipline/ADR, Self-Governing Professions CLE, May 22, 2009

The Top Ten Ways to Get Yourself Reported to the Law Society, Solo and Small Firm CLE, February 23, 2007

Jean Whittow, K.C.

E: [email protected]
T: 604-646-1001

Elaine Gordon
E: [email protected]
T: 604-646-1004

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