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Constitutional Law

Farris litigators argue leading constitutional cases at all levels of court in Canada. 

Those cases have included ones related to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the division of legislative powers between federal and provincial governments, and the independence of the judiciary.

Farris lawyers regularly appear in the courts on issues related to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. They often act on behalf of the media to oppose publication bans and obtain access to the courts, and several belong to the Canadian Association of Media Lawyers. Farris litigators have intervened on behalf of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

Farris lawyers have also argued a variety of other issues under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Human Rights Code, including for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Our representative work includes:

  • Sagen et al. v. Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BC Supreme Court, judgment on reserve).
  • National Post v. Her Majesty the Queen (Supreme Court of Canada, judgment on reserve).
  • Marine Drive Golf Club v. Buntain, 2007 BCCA 17, 2005 BCSC 1434.
  • Smith v. Knights of Columbus, 2005 BCHRT 544.
  • Re Vancouver Sun, [2004] 2 S.C.R. 332, 2004 SCC 43.
  • Re Application Under s. 83.28 of the Criminal Code, [2004] 2 S.C.R. 248, 2004 SCC 42.
  • Law Society of British Columbia v. Mangat, 2001 SCC 67.
  • Law Society of British Columbia v. Canada (Attorney General), 2001 BCSC 1593.
  • R. v. E. (O.N.), [2001] 3 S.C.R. 478, 2001 SCC 77.
  • Pacific Press v. British Columbia (Attorney General) (2000), 73 B.C.L.R. (3d) 264, 2000 BCSC 248.
  • JTI-MacDonald Corp. v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2000 BCSC 312.

Our Lawyers

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Robert S. Anderson, Q.C. Partner randerson@farris.com 604 661 9372
Scott A. Dawson Partner sdawson@farris.com 604 661 9354
Ludmila B. Herbst, Q.C. Partner lherbst@farris.com 604 661 1722
Sean Hern Partner shern@farris.com 250 405 1982
Jeffrey J. Kay, Q.C. Managing Partner jkay@farris.com 604 661 9321
Robert J. McDonell Partner rmcdonell@farris.com 604 661 9371
Teresa M. Tomchak Partner ttomchak@farris.com 604 661 1711