Mike Shirreff


Mike Shirreff is an experienced and respected trial and appellate counsel who has assisted clients with all types of disputes.  He has practised litigation in Vancouver for almost 20 years and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Best Lawyers and Benchmark Canada.

Mike appears regularly before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as a variety of administrative and regulatory tribunals.  Mike’s practice is varied and broad.  A significant portion of his time is spent on complex commercial matters, contract disputes and real estate litigation.  He also regularly acts in administrative or regulatory matters, both to assist professionals who are responding to investigations, but also as an investigator or counsel for the regulator.  In addition to the above, Mike has always assisted clients with a variety of personal injury claims, as well as select criminal or quasi-criminal matters.

Respected amongst his peers for his collegial and civil manner of practice, Mike offers his clients a combination of sound judgment and effective advocacy and he takes pride in providing high-quality advice to each of his clients.


  • LL.B., University of Victoria, 2003
  • B.A. University of British Columbia, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2004
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™, Administrative and Public Law, 2021-2024
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™, Insurance Law, 2021-2024
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™ Personal Injury, 2021-2024
  • Identified as a “Future Litigation Star” by Benchmark Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Sandhu v. British Columbia (Police Complaint Commissioner), 2021 BCSC 2424, Successfully represented a police officer in a judicial review proceeding of an underlying discipline matter

Chu v. British Columbia (Police Complaint Commissioner), 2019 BCSC 1273; aff’d 2021 BCCA 174, Acted for a retired member of the Vancouver Police department in a judicial review and appeal arising from a discipline matter

Bruner v MGX Minerals Inc., 2019 BCSC 11, Acted for a mining company and opposed an oppression proceeding brought by its former key consultant

Terastream Networks Inc. v Grossholz, 2018 BCSC 837, Acted for a number of defendants in an action involving broadband and wireless technologies

R v. Craig, 2016 BCSC 618, Appealed the sentence in an assault proceeding

R v. Wiegel, 2014 BCPC 54, Represented an individual in one of the first provincial prosecutions brought pursuant to the Real Estate Development and Marketing Act

XY v. Zhu et al., 2012 BCSC 1797, 2013 BCSC 584, 2013 BCSC 780, 2013 BCCA 352, Acted on appeal for a number of defendants who had been found liable at trial for a significant civil fraud

Securities Commission v. Alexander, 2013 BCCA 111, Appeal for an individual seeking to challenge a decision of the B.C. Securities Commission

British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco, 2008 BCSC 419; appeal granted at 2009 BCCA 540, R. v. Imperial Tobacco, 2011 SCC 42, Counsel for a foreign tobacco company in the provincial suit against the tobacco industry for the recovery of government-funded health care expenditures

Avenue Canadian v. No. 151 Cathedral Ventures, 2009 BCSC 171, 2010 BCCA 120, Represented the successful party in arbitration proceedings concerning the interpretation of a joint venture contract, as well as subsequent applications for leave to appeal

R v. Henry, 2010 BCCA 462, Counsel for the Crown with respect to appeal proceedings arising from a historic conviction

Hynna v. Peck, 2009 BCSC 1057, Acted as counsel for of a woman seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a left turn

Newton v. Marzban et al, 2008 BCSC 328, Successfully defended a chartered accountant in a lengthy professional negligence action

Acted for the Law Society, as well as many lawyers, on discipline and credentials matters: May (Re)2021 LSBC 35; Smaill (Re)2021 LSBC 6; Wilson (Re)2019 LSBC 25; 2020 LSBC 20; Applicant (Re)2020 LSBC 15; Nejat (Re)2019 LSBC 16; Geller (Re)2018 LSBC 40; Vondette (Re)2018 LSBC 36; De Jong (Re)2017 LSBC 44; Faminoff (Re)2017 LSBC 4; Re Applicant 7, 2015 LSBC 18; Re Gill, 2015 LSBC 16; Re Eckardt, 2014 LSBC 7

Mike Shirreff

E: [email protected]
T: 604-687-7700

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T: 604-646-1003

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