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Sean Hern

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 “top 40 under 40” for 2011, 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 Sean 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; and
  • a community group in challenging a highly contentious decision of the Ministry of Environment to issue a landfill permit

Sean has a proven ability to lead complex cases, including those which involve team members from different disciplines.  His approach to all cases is strategic and is focused on identifying and achieving the results desired at a fair and reasonable cost.  To that end, he is willing to discuss alternative billing arrangements to accommodate a client’s particular financial situation.

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


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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2015)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2002)