SMR News & Articles

SMR Named One of Canada’s Best Law Firms for 2023 by The Globe and Mail

SMR is pleased to announce that it has once again been named by The Globe and Mail and Statista as one of Canada’s Best Law Firms in the categories of Administration & Public Law and Dispute Resolution (Litigation,…

Greg Cavouras is presenting on October 26, 2022 at the annual conference of the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation. 

This two-day conference will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Greg will be joining Dr. Chris Hacker, Registrar and CEO of the BC College of Oral Health Professionals, and Thomas Lutes, General Counsel and Deputy CEO of…

Elizabeth Allan is presenting on October 3 and November 8, 2022 at CLEBC’s courses on affidavits

These half-day seminars, Affidavit Basics and Affidavit Secrets, will discuss the essentials of effectively working with the most common form of evidence with contributions from experienced litigators and members of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

SMR’s David Eleff Expanding Practice Into Workplace Investigations

Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP is pleased to announce that David Eleff has expanded the scope of his practice into the area of Workplace Investigations. Having recently obtained a certificate in Workplace Investigation Techniques, David looks forward to…

SMR successfully represents Law Society of British Columbia in the BC Court of Appeal

SMR lawyers Jennifer Millerd and Maya O. Ollek represented the Law Society of British Columbia (the “Law Society”) as respondent in an appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, McLeod v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2022 BCCA…

SMR was counsel for the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund: R. v. Kirkpatrick

SMR was counsel for the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (“West Coast LEAF”), which intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada in the recently decided case of R. v. Kirkpatrick, 2022 SCC 33. SMR lawyer Jessica Lithwick…

SMR successful at the Alberta Court of Appeal in defending religious society members’ right to bring an oppression claim

SMR lawyers Mike Shirreff and Jessie Meikle-Kähs are counsel for two members of the Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Alberta, a society that operates a Sikh temple in Edmonton (the “Society”). SMR commenced an oppression claim on…

Jennifer Millerd is presenting on May 19, 2022 at the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s Commercial Leasing 2022 program

This one-day seminar brings together expert faculty to provide updates on emerging trends disrupting the commercial leasing sector, and guidance on how to react. Jennifer’s presentation will cover remedies and security in commercial leases.

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…

Greg Cavouras presented to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists on February 17, 2022 with “Thin ice: short stories about regulators, professions, and strained public confidence”

He was joined by Lauren Riva, legal counsel with the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia.  Greg and Lauren highlighted the significant changes in professional regulation that have emerged over the past five years.  They…

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…

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…