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31 January 2007

Vancouver Bench and Bar Honours Jack Giles, Q.C. on His Retirement from the Practice of Law

Members of the Bench and Bar were in attendance on Thursday, February 1 at the Vancouver Club to honour Jack Giles, Q.C. upon his retirement from the practice of law after a distinguished 47 year career. The program, with Ken Affleck, Q.C. as Master of Ceremonies, featured remarks by the Honourable Lance Finch, Chief Justice of British Columbia, the Honourable Wally Oppal, Attorney General of British Columbia, George Macintosh, Q.C., Partner, Farris, Allan McEachern, former Chief Justice of British Columbia and Chancellor of UBC, and William S. Berardino, Q.C. Among the 175 attendees were Jack’s wife Ginny Giles, OBC, members of the Giles family, and 40 Partners and Associates from Farris, the firm with which Jack articled and practiced for his entire legal career. Jack Giles was born in Vancouver on February 6, 1936. He attended the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree followed by an LL.B. in 1959. After law school, he began his long association with Farris & Company. Jack was called to the Bar on May 16, 1960. His early career was highlighted by his work with Senator Farris. Jack was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. For 47 years, Jack appeared as trial and appellate counsel in Courts throughout Canada, in virtually all areas of the law, as well as appearing before federal and provincial tribunals, royal commissions, boards and agencies. With a well-earned reputation as leading counsel, Jack has had a highly distinguished career. Over his many years of arguing cases before the Courts, Jack set a standard of excellence for counsel. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in advocating a number of matters of great importance to him, including the respect and support of counsel for an independent judiciary, civility to fellow members of the Bar and the independence of the Bar. Jack has lectured on many occasions for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies at Cambridge, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and various other legal groups, as well as writing on law related matters. On behalf of the Partners of Farris, George Macintosh, Q.C. presented Jack with a leather bound book entitled “Appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, 1963-2005”, containing the Reasons for Judgment for the 28 cases on which Jack appeared before the Supreme Court. The book’s inscription reads: Presented to Jack Giles, Q.C. by his partners at Farris on the occasion of his retirement from the practice of law

Constancy, Courtesy and Excellence

February 1, 2007 An article authored by Jack’s friend and colleague William S. Berardino, Q.C., appeared in the September 2006 edition of the Advocate. Download the PDF file here.

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