Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Sean Hern*


Telephone: 250 405 1982

Facsimile: 250 405 1984

Email: shern@farris.com


Sean Hern is a partner in Farris’ litigation group. Called to the bar in 2002, Sean works from Farris’ offices in Victoria and Vancouver and has practiced as litigation counsel with Farris for 15 years.  His focus is in civil litigation and administrative law.  He was ranked one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars” in Canada in 2011 and has had a “Best Lawyers” designation since 2014.  Sean has appeared before all levels of court and before numerous administrative tribunals and arbitrators.  Some notable cases include:

  • Co-counsel for the Vancouver Police Department in the Frank Paul Inquiry
  • Lead counsel for the Vancouver Police Department in the Missing Women Inquiry
  • Co-counsel for Translink in the litigation over the Canada Line
  • Co-counsel for the Shawnigan Residents Association before the Environmental Appeal Board and BC Supreme Court in its successful opposition to a contaminated soil landfill
  • Lead counsel for Zella Hydro before the Environmental Appeal Board, upholding a run of river water license
  • Lead counsel for shareholders of an energy company in recovering a substantial royalty through commercial arbitration
  • Co-counsel in TNR Gold Corp’s recovery of an interest in the Los Azules copper deposit in Argentina
  • Lead counsel on behalf of the Provincial Court of British Columbia in constitutional litigation

Sean represents clients in a wide range of commercial, administrative and public law matters.  In the commercial field, Sean handles disputes over contracts and partnerships, mining, property rights, employment matters, corporate governance, negligence issues and fraud.  In the constitutional and administrative law fields, Sean has represented clients in cases concerning fisheries, human rights, municipal law, policing, privacy, aboriginal law and environmental issues.  In class action litigation, Sean acts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

Sean also conducts workplace and other investigations as independent counsel.  Sean regularly lectures on administrative law at the University of Victoria and acts on a pro-bono basis for organizations such as the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, of which he is an honorary lifetime member.


*Denotes a Professional Law Corporation.


  • University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2001)
  • McGill University (B.A., 1994)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2018)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2002)