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Biography

Emily Kirkpatrick maintains a general civil litigation and administrative practice, with a particular focus on corporate, commercial and class action matters.

She has experience working with clients on a wide range of issues including shareholder disputes, class action defense, contract disputes, product liability, employment issues, environmental matters, franchise agreements, leases, debt recovery, and municipal and other government relations. Emily has also advised and represented clients involved in various regulated industries including securities, pharmaceuticals, and energy. She has appeared as counsel at various levels of court in BC and Ontario, as well as before the Federal Court, and administrative and regulatory tribunals.

Emily’s mediation and arbitration experience includes both domestic and international commercial matters on a range of issues including securities, real property disputes, and licensing agreements.

Emily is Vice Chair of the British Columbia Regional Advisory Committee of the Advocates’ Society, and sits on the editorial board of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review. She is also a past member of the Law Reform, Court Services, Government Relations, and Resolutions and Bylaws Committees of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and the Young Advocates’ and National Standing Committees of the Advocates’ Society, and the Advocates Club.

Emily is a regular contributor to various CLE programs and publications, including in the areas of class actions, expert evidence, professional regulation, and arbitration. She is a former clerk of the British Columbia Supreme Court and a past participant in the British Columbia Inns of Court Program.

Recognition

  • Benchmark: Future Litigation Star – Canada – 2018
  • Benchmark:  Future Litigation Star – Canada –  2019
  • Benchmark:  40 & Under Hot List – Canada – 2019

 

Education

  • JD, University of Toronto (2007)
  • BA (Hons), Queen’s University (2004)

Associations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (2008-present)
  • Member, Advocates’ Society (2008-present)
  • Member, British Columbia Regional Advisory Committee, Advocates’ Society (2016-present)
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (2017-present)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2012
  • Ontario, 2009

Notable Cases

Markin v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, 2019 BCCA 275, successfully represented the defendant law firm in upholding trial decision that bond subscription funds did not constitute “deposits” or trust funds under the Real Estate Marketing Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 41.

Concord Pacific Acquisitions v. Hong Leong Oei et al., 2019 BCSC 1190, a four-month trial concerning a “Heads of Agreement” entered into between the parties and whether it gave rise to contractual obligations in respect of a proposed transfer and development of the Plaza of Nations land, or obligations of good faith.

The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corporation, 2019 BCCA 145, as appeal counsel to the defendant, successfully argued that the decision of the trial court declaring a parking agreement unenforceable against the strata should be overturned. The Court of Appeal accepted the argument the strata was bound by the agreement as a pre-incorporation contract. Said to be the first case in Canada enforcing a positive covenant in an easement on pre-incorporation contract principles.

Este v. Esteghamat-Ardakani et al., 2018 BCCA 290, successfully representing two of the defendants in having the trial court’s determination dismissing the claim as an abuse of process upheld. The Court of Appeal the determination below that the plaintiff’s position claiming beneficial ownership of assets she had previously disclaimed in a family proceeding constituted an abuse. Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied.

Basha Sales Co. Ltd. v. Adera Equities Inc., 2017 BCSC 1715, successfully represented the Adera Group and executives in bringing application for special costs arising from summary trial dismissal of a claim by owners of a residential development against the developer and adjacent property owners for additional parking stalls in a shared underground parking facility.

Arkansas Teachers Retirement System v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., 2016 BCSC 432, successfully represented Lions Gate in defeating an application to bring a derivative action in the company’s name against current and former directors and officers, arising out of the attempted takeover of Lions Date by Carl Icahn in 2010.

Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership v. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, 2015 BCCA 497, concerning the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s jurisdiction and reasonableness in approving third party restrictions imposed through a power purchase agreement between BC Hydro and FortisBC.

Fanshawe College v. AU Optronics, 2015 ONSC 3414, in proposed class proceeding on behalf of purchasers of liquid crystal display products, successfully opposed motion to add a new plaintiff on the basis that the proposed plaintiff’s claims were not captured by the existing pleading and were statute-barred.

 

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