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.  He works from Farris’ offices in Victoria and Vancouver and has practiced as litigation counsel with Farris for 16 years.  Sean’s focus is civil litigation and administrative law.  He was ranked one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars” in Canada in 2011, has had a “Best Lawyers” designation since 2014 and is rated a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Canada.  Sean has appeared before all levels of court and before numerous administrative tribunals and arbitrators.  Representative cases include acting for: 

  • a police department in two public inquiries;
  • the government defendants in the litigation over the Canada Line;
  • a residents association in its successful opposition to a contaminated soil landfill near Shawnigan Lake;
  • a run of river hydro project, upholding its water license before the Environmental Appeal Board;
  • a group of shareholders in a commercial arbitration to recover a substantial royalty;
  • a junior mining company to recover of an interest in a large South American copper deposit;
  • a group of First Nations litigants challenging a custom election code on constitutional and other grounds;
  • various landowners in claims involving zoning issues and boundary concerns;
  • defendants and plaintiffs in various cases involving claims of fraud;
  • applicants and respondents in cases challenging public bodies over administrative and constitutional concerns.
  • plaintiffs in a class action over privacy violations and negligence;
  • organizations requiring workplace and other investigations as independent counsel.

Sean also often provides services on a pro bono basis for clients in need and 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)