Vancouver

Situated in Canada’s business gateway to the Asia-Pacific and Western U.S.

Vancouver is Canada’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific region and major markets in the western United States. It is the largest metropolitan area of British Columbia and the third largest city in Canada.

Our Vancouver office is on the east side of Robson Square, the city’s civic square, in the heart of Vancouver’s business district, and next to the Law Courts and nearby major hotels.

Our lawyers represent and counsel individuals and businesses, both large and small, as well as local, provincial and federal governments and agencies. We provide legal services in matters of general business, trade and customs, real estate, finance, litigation, construction, environmental, information technology, intellectual property (IP), labour and employment, health care, and tax and individual planning.

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Vancouver History

In 2000, Swinton & Company merged with Miller Thomson to become our Vancouver office. Litigation boutique Roberts & Baker merged with Miller Thomson soon after, in 2001.

Swinton & Company has a lengthy and illustrious history in Vancouver. It was founded in 1951 when A. Hans Swinton and Douglas E. Andrews met on the golf course and decided to join forces as Andrews & Swinton. Both were embarking upon what would turn out to be distinguished careers. With Swinton as a business lawyer and Andrews as a litigator, the firm quickly brought other lawyers aboard whose accomplishments were noteworthy in B.C. and beyond.

By the 1970s, the firm was recognized as an important presence within the B.C. legal profession and Western Canadian business community. Swinton & Company alumni Jack Austin, E. Davie Fulton and Ron Basford each served as federal cabinet ministers. Basford and Fulton were Attorneys General of Canada, and Fulton developed many legal reforms including the "Fulton-Favreau formula" that enabled the patriation of the Canadian Constitution.

Firm lawyers have served at all levels of B.C.'s court system. Bryan Williams served as Chief Justice of the province’s Supreme Court, and Bryan Williams and Mary F. Southin each sat on the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Firm alumni have also been leaders in the legal profession. Bryan Williams served as both the B.C. and national President of the Canadian Bar Association. Mary Southin was a Master Treasurer of the Law Society of B.C. — the first woman in that post. And, Jacob (Jake) Ziegel became a noted legal scholar.

1951

Andrews & Swinton was created on March 1, with offices on the sixth floor of the Stock Exchange Building at 475 Howe Street.

1954

W. Kirke Smith joined the firm, which became known as Andrews, Swinton & Smith, and moved to larger premises in the Mercantile Bank Building at 540 Burrard Street.

1958

Bryan Williams, future judicial leader, joined the firm as a student.

1961-1967

Bruce Emerson, then Deputy City Solicitor of the City of Vancouver joined the firm and was instrumental in urging fellow Vancouver City Hall lawyer Ron Stewart to join the firm in 1964. Ron Stewart continued to develop the securities practice until his retirement. In 1965, Jack Margach, QC, one of the province’s top counsel, joined. He was followed by (future Senator) Jack Austin in 1967, who brought a major mining practice to the firm and the securities work that went with it. Robert R. Dodd also joined the firm in the late 1960s, bringing public utilities, municipal and securities expertise to the firm.

1972

Doug Andrews was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on February 16. The firm was renamed Swinton & Company, which it retained until the merger with Miller Thomson in October, 2000.

1978

Lynn Ramsay, QC joined with a significant real estate practice.

1988

The Hon. E. Davie Fulton, QC joined upon his retirement from the bench and remained with us until his death in 2000, including a period (from 1986 to 1992) when he served as Chairman of the International Joint Commission.

1985

Mary Southin, QC was appointed to the Supreme Court and later to the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

1995

Bryan Williams, QC was appointed to the Court of Appeal, and then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996. Upon his retirement from the bench he returned to the firm in May of 2000.

2001

Vancouver litigation boutique Roberts & Baker merged with Miller Thomson in April, bringing the litigation skills of Darrell Roberts, QC and Wendy Baker, QC.

 
Robson Court
1000-840 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2M1
Canada
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Telephone: 604.687.2242
Toll Free: 1.800.794.6866
Fax: 604.643.1200

Contacts


Office
vancouver@millerthomson.com

Office Managing Partner
Owen D. Pawson
opawson@millerthomson.com

General Manager
Spencer Hartigan
shartigan@millerthomson.com