A Vancouver native, Brent was admitted to the Bar in 2001 and he has successfully represented clients in Arbitrations, Provincial Court, the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Brent’s practice involves all areas of corporate/commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditor remedies and shareholders’ disputes.
Brent represented a small, innovative company that was faced with an Injunction and pending Contempt Application at the time Brent was retained. Brent successfully set aside the Injunction and obtained an Order which moved the matter to a more cost-effective Arbitration (Tiger Tool v. Cool-It Hi-Way Services et al.). Brent then set down the Contempt Application for hearing and was successful in having it dismissed (Tiger Tool v. Cool-It Hi-Way Services et al.).
Brent has also represented clients in matters involving foreclosure proceedings and complicated tax priority rights claimed by the Crown (Manastyrski v. The Crown In Right of Canada et al). He has successfully defended a Director of an Alberta Company against allegations of oppression, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of funds. He also successfully represented several shareholders in the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in a matter relating to minority shareholder rights and the dissent provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act. (Park v. FinancialCAD Corporation et al, 2008 BCSC 353) and (Park v. FinancialCAD Corporation et al, 2009 BCCA 7, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied). Ultimately, the matter was resolved by way of a favourable settlement for Brent’s clients.
Recently, Brent has acted for a minority shareholder of an international footwear company based in Vancouver with favourable decisions in interlocutory Supreme Court applications and in the Court of Appeal. (Hawrish v. Native Canada Footwear Ltd. et al. (2022 BCSC 651 Hawrish v. Hawthorn), (2022 BCSC 849 Hawrish v. Hawthorn),(2023 BCCA 182).
In addition, Brent practices in the areas of professional errors and omissions, employment law and personal injury litigation. Brent regularly volunteers his time to the Legal Aid Clinic. He enjoys coaching his sons in soccer and baseball and performing Committee work with Vancouver United Football Club.
Bachelor of Arts, Simon Fraser University, 1994
Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University, 2000
Admitted to The Law Society of British Columbia, 2001
– Commercial Litigation
– Professional Errors and Omissions
– Shareholders’ Disputes
– Employment Law
– Personal Injury Litigation
– Canadian Bar Association, The Law Society of British Columbia
– The Law Society of British Columbia