Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Sean Hern


Telephone: 250 405 1982

Facsimile: 250 405 1984

Email: shern@farris.com

Assistant: Tiffany Webb

Telephone: 250 405 1980

Email: twebb@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. He practices as general litigation counsel and has argued cases in all levels of court and before numerous administrative tribunals.

Named as one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars” in 2011 and having a “Best Lawyers - 2014” designation for corporate commercial litigation, Sean represents clients in a wide range of commercial, administrative and public interest matters.  In the commercial field, Sean handles disputes over contracts and partnerships, mining litigation, real estate and employment disputes, corporate oppression claims, negligence issues and fraud.

In the constitutional and administrative law fields, Sean has represented clients in cases concerning fisheries, human rights, pensions, municipal law, policing, federal and provincial privacy legislation, aboriginal and environmental law.  In class action litigation, Sean acts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

Some recent representative cases include acting for:

  • the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Police Board in two high profile public inquiries;
  • commercial halibut fishermen in challenging a decision of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans;
  • a junior mining company to recover an interest in a significant Argentinean copper deposit;
  • a community group in a 30 day hearing before the Environmental Appeal Board over the issuance of a landfill permit;
  • government and private sector defendants in claims over the construction of the Canada Line;
  • public interest groups in appeals concerning the constitutionality of the Civil Forfeiture Act and the Elections Act; and
  • parties in claims over the ownership of accreted lands and water rights on rivers and lakes in the interior of British Columbia.

Sean’s approach to all cases is strategic and he will work with clients to identify and achieve the desired results at a fair and reasonable cost. 

Outside of his law practice, Sean writes, hacks at the guitar, plays tennis and bemoans the state of his favourite English football club.


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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2017)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2002)