Our Cases

The following is a representative sample of our casework. As you're reviewing these, keep in mind that prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. To learn how we can help you, please call us at 604-800-8853 or send us an email.

2016 Cases

Recent Trials: Estate litigation

  • Brown et al v. Manuck and Manuck, Executors for Estate of Manuch, Deceased, 2015 BCSC 1966 — Supreme Court of British Columbia. Mark G. Perry as counsel for Terry Manuck, son of the Deceased. Trial decision regarding property of the estate: "At issue in this case is the ownership of a riverfront commercial property at 91 South Dyke Road in New Westminster, BC (the 'Dyke Road property'). The plaintiffs, who are five of the eight children of Vincent and Helen Manuch, seek orders regarding the title of the property now in the name of their brother, the defendant Terry Manuck."

Recent Trials: Family Law Litigation

  • Shapiro v. Simpson, 2016 BCSC 211 — Supreme Court of British Columbia. Anna Perry and Mark Perry as counsel for the father. Trial decision regarding custody, guardianship, parenting time and division of parental responsibilities. Father was successful at trial and has 50 percent parenting time.

2015 Cases

  • B.K. v. J.B., 2015 BCSC 1481 — Domestic violence case. Successful at raising concerns of court on affidavit evidence, leading case on interim applications
  • T.N. v. J.C., 2015 BCSC 439 — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Trial decision regarding division of assets, T.N.'s income over $350,000 and the rate of spousal support payable to severe alcoholic wife after long-term marriage. Wife sought unequal apportionment of assets and minimum of $30,000 support per month and disputed that she was capable of earning even modest income. Held: Equal division of assets; support set at $20,000 rate with $500 step-down clause and review in two years; wife capable of working as an RN with a master's degree. Costs to be decided on application. A. Perry.

2014 Cases

  • MR v. PM, 2014, unreported — Mobility trial where a mother successfully relocated to another province to live with extended family and pursue education
  • A.B. v. C.D., 2014 BCSC 1676 — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Trial decision regarding custody and guardianship of child involving nine years of severe alcoholism and emotional abuse by mother. Held: Mother sober for almost two years and in recovery with large number of expert witnesses attesting to mother's recovery and need to bond with child. On recommendation of s. 211 report, child and mother to complete reintegration therapy. Father to retain primary residence of child.
  • Yake v. Chamberlain, 2014 BCSC 1582 — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Legal test for a "marriage-like" relationship on an interim spousal support application. M. Perry.

2013 Cases

  • R.M.P. v. N.C., 2013 BCSC 1673 — Trial decision on retro child support
  • R.M.P. v. N.C., 2013, unreported — One of the first FLA mobility trials, a father successfully relocated to another province to be with a long-term partner unable to find work in BC.
  • H. v. P., 2013 BCSC, unreported — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Settlement at Trial on Day 1: representing Claimant primary parent spouse. Client received unequal apportionment of assets. Commercial property was included in "family" assets. Client received modest security for future support and modest contribution to her legal costs from the respondent in a reasonable Final Consent Order. A. Perry.

2012 Cases

  • Yu v. Jordan, 2012 BCCA — Court of Appeal of British Columbia — Appeal by father from Supreme Court decision in our client's favour on custody and parenting schedule. Main issue because whether the Order was "final" or interim so as to obviate the need to prove a material change in circumstances since the last order of the Court for shared and equal parenting of the child. Child who was living with father now primarily resides with Mother.
  • S. v. S., 2012 BCSC, unreported — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Personal injury claim action for injury from mutual assault preseparation. Parties divorced at Trial three years earlier. Settled at Day 1 of Trial.
  • L.J. v. D.J., 2012 BCSC, unreported — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Settlement at Trial on Day 2: representing Respondent spouse in BC against claim for spousal support and asset division after six-year abandonment by claimant spouse. Nontraditional marriage. Wife worked and lived outside BC with no meaningful contact with BC spouse 2003 to 2009. Main issues were standing, jurisdiction and entitlement to spousal support and BC assets as statute barred from claims under BC legislation. Divorce in foreign jurisdiction in 2008. Conflict of laws. Real estate in two countries: BC Court's capacity to make orders regarding foreign assets. Property divided using current values of assets with adjustments for gaps in evidence and six-year absence and unequal contributions.
  • K.P. v. M.P., 2012 BCSC, unreported — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Settlement at Trial on Day 1: representing respondent spouse against claims of mentally ill former primary breadwinner's claims for unequal apportionment of assets and spousal support while respondent was housing and supporting medically disabled child over age 19 who was attending university part time due to illness and a second child also at university. Nontraditional marriage. Both spouses worked during marriage. Main issue was competing support claims of mentally ill spouse and medically disabled child. Medical report obtained and staged reduced support with review.
  • Kollmuss v. Kollmuss, 2012 BCSC 709 (CanLII) — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Trial decision: representing respondent husband against wife's claims for unequal apportionment of assets, security for support, a payment to the wife of 50 percent of the value of carpentry tools and hobby sports gear and spousal support. Income of the self-employed carpenter was a major issue. The Court made a fact finding that the claimant lacked credibility. Main issues: Income of the Respondent. Need for unequal apportionment for mother to provide housing for severely disabled child into adult years; 65 percent unequal apportionment awarded. Income of Respondent found to be far less than wife asserted and that wife had no entitlement to support: spousal support claim was dismissed.
  • Yu v. Jordan, 2012 BCSC 92 — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Post-trial decision (review of custody) representing claimant mother in a five-day chambers application seeking primary residence of a 9-year-old child in circumstances of parents moving to live in different cities and father travelling out of BC on business. A threshold question was whether there was a material change in circumstances since the last order of the Court for shared and equal parenting of the child. Case now under appeal by Respondent.

2011 Cases

  • S. v. S., 2011 BCSC, unreported — Parental mobility. Father's move to USA for employment: Father wanted to move with 7-year old special-needs child after three years in BC and one year of shared parenting after separation. Issue: Pattern of moving frequently in marriage. Shared parenting status quo: best interests of child. Result: The child was allowed to remain in BC. Primary residence of the child was awarded to our client as the "lead parent" despite there being an equal parenting regime.
  • A. v. R., 2011 BCSC, unreported — Personal injury, assault. All claims against our clients were dismissed with costs against the claimant.
  • Parekh v. Soni, 2011 BCSC 566 (CanLII) — Supreme Court of British Columbia — custody, guardianship, child and spousal support, asset division
  • M. v. M., 2011 BCSC 566 (CanLII) — Supreme Court of British Columbia — child and spousal support review and children's schools and relocation

2010 Cases

  • Baltzan v. Ahmad, 2010 SKQB 147 — successfully obtained solicitor client costs following litigation
  • Doell v. Western Redi Built Homes Inc., 2010 SKQB 304 — successfully blocked a Mareva injunction (junior counsel)
  • Nojkovic v. Panjkovic, 2010 BCSC 1060 (CanLII) — 2010-06-24 Supreme Court of British Columbia — access for grandparents, status quo, care, parents

Prior Cases

  • Saini v. Saini, 2009 BCSC 212 (CanLII) — Supreme Court of British Columbia — Children, deception, report access redacted
  • Bentley v. Bentley, 2007 BCSC 1204 — 2007-08-10 Supreme Court
  • Lee v. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (Caw-Canada), Local 111, 2006 CanLII 1944 (BC L.R.B.) — 2006-01-25 Labour Relations Board — British Columbia grievance, arbitration, termination, representation, reasoned
  • R.W.B. v. A.A., 2005 BCSC 1354 (CanLII) — 2005-09-28 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia wife, husband, costs, separation, successful
  • R.W.B. v. A.A., 2004 BCSC 1663 (CanLII) — 2004-12-15 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia matrimonial home, wife, properties, reapportionment, husband
  • Woods (Guardian of) v. Woods Estate, 2002 BCSC 569 (CanLII) — 2002-05-09 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia sisters, children, brothers, testator, residue of the estate
  • Doern v. Police Complaint Commissioner, 2001 BCCA 446 (CanLII) — 2001-07-06 Court of Appeal — British Columbia police complaint commissioner, public, discipline authority, investigation, adjudicator
  • Norman v. New Westminster (City of), 1999 CanLII 6260 (BC S.C.) — 1999-02-25 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia heritage, defamatory, subdivide, report, malice
  • K.P.G. v. M.A.G., 1999 CanLII 5991 (BC S.C.) — 1999-01-20 Supreme Court of British Columbia — custody, jurisdiction, child is habitual resident, access, will
  • Norman v. Corp. of The City of New Westminster, 1998 CanLII 5632 (BC S.C.) — 1998-06-01 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia malice, subrule, evidence, defamatory, jury
  • Chauvel v. Adams Estate, 1998 CanLII 3861 (BC S.C.) — 1998-04-29 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia gift, boat, set of keys, donor, fishing
  • Norman v. Dupuis, 1997 CanLII 2337 (BC S.C.) — 1997-03-18 Supreme Court of British Columbia — British Columbia elderly vendors, undemocratic, televised, construction of the house, purchase