Alan Hobkirk is an experienced litigation lawyer who advises and represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including professional indemnity (architects and engineers), directors and officers liability, insurance coverage, estate disputes (wills variation, proof in solemn form, constructive trust claims, elder abuse, committeeship applications, passing of executors’ accounts), tort claims, personal injury, sports law, breach of contract, defamation, and employment law (including wrongful dismissal actions and employment contract disputes). He has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, British Columbia Court of Appeal, and various provincial, national and international administrative panels.
Outside the courtroom, Alan has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of British Columbia Law School, guest instructor for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the Professional Legal Training Course program.
Prior to joining the firm, Alan was a member and team captain of the Canadian National Field Hockey Team, with whom he competed in numerous international events including the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and the 1978 World Cup. He was a medallist in the 1971, 1975, 1979, and 1983 Pan American Games. He has served as a director/trustee of many community organizations including Sport BC, the BC Field Hockey Association, the Counselling Group, City In Focus, St. John’s (Shaughnessy) Anglican Church, and the Canadian Olympic Field Hockey Endowment Fund.
Alan is a five-time winner of the UBC’s Big Block Award and the recipient of the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as Outstanding Sportsman at UBC (1979). He was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Best Lawyers in Canada – Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2013 – 2019
- “Estate Litigation Issues for Charities,” Miller Thomson Seminar, Charities & Not For Profit Update, 2009
- Canadian Bar Association – Insurance Law, Civil Litigation, Wills and Estates, Elder Law sections (BC Branch)
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Associate Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
Bar admissions & education
- British Columbia Bar, 1981
- LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1979
- B.A., Jesus College, Oxford University, 1976
- B.A., University of British Columbia, 1974
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Alan Hobkirk of Miller Thomson Vancouver shares his ’76 Olympics experience.
In an article in The Globe and Mail, Alan Hobkirk, now a partner at Miller Thomson in Vancouver, recounts his turn as captain of Canada’s field hockey team at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal. “After the Montreal Games,...
Alan Hobkirk is featured in the “Alumni Profile of the Month” in the July 2011 UBC Faculty of Law Newsletter.
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Miller Thomson hosts a Charities & Not For Profit Update seminar.
Topics discussed at this complimentary seminar are: Underwater Endowments: How to structure endowment gifts in the current economic environment Update: Estate Litigation Issues for Charities Update: Gifts of Property The New Wills, Estate and Succession Act: Highlights and Implications for...
Estate Litigation Issues for Charities
Miller Thomson Seminar: "Charities & Not For Profit Update"