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30 June 2020

Watson Goepel LLP and Stewart & Winch announce merger

We are pleased to announce that the law firm of Stewart & Winch has joined the law firm of Watson Goepel LLP, effective June 30, 2020. This merger allows Watson Goepel to better serve clients on the North Shore and surrounding areas. Stewart & Winch is an established West Vancouver law firm, providing legal services in…

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9 June 2020

BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ Act: Rising to the challenge of UNDRIP

Anita Boscariol

On November 28, 2019, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”), making UNDRIP part of BC law. UNDRIP UNDRIP is a comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples, that sets out basic human rights within an indigenous context and…

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29 May 2020

Anita Boscariol

Indigenous Law Lawyer Anita Boscariol was interviewed by Canadian Lawyer magazine for a May 06, 2020 article on the recently passed temporary regulations allowing First Nations to postpone or cancel elections during the pandemic to protect community health and avoid a governance gap. See the full article here. https://bit.ly/2ZORURn

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8 May 2020

Protected leave and sick leave: What counts as “reasonably sufficient proof”?

Sarah Hentschel

** This article does not contain legal advice. There can be legal differences across industries and jurisdictions (i.e. federally versus provincially regulated workplaces). In addition, employee contracts can vary the suggestions set out in this article. Please consult with counsel before you implement any new strategy which deviates from your current policies and procedures.** The…

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6 May 2020

Jeffrey Read joins the firms as Associate Counsel

Watson Goepel LLP

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Read has joined our Business Law Group as Associate Counsel. Jeffrey brings his vast experience in corporate and securities law, where advises local, national, and international companies and securities dealers on their Canadian activities. He also acts for large BC-based public companies and private equity groups and has…

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1 May 2020

At a Glance: Federal and BC Provincial ‘Benefits for Businesses’ during COVID-19

Cameron Funnell

Business owners are scrambling to understand the numerous and evolving support programs offered by the Federal and BC Provincial governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help make sense of it all, Associate Cameron Funnell has created an at-a-glance ‘COVID-19 Benefits for Businesses’ cheat sheet that clearly breaks down the various programs, the criteria for each,…

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30 April 2020

How to issue a complaint against your Canadian bank during COVID-19

Ryan R. Lee

Many Canadians are facing financial uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which can lead to issues arising between banks and their customers. Many banks have taken measures to accommodate individuals and businesses in these challenging times by creating special programs, some of which are outlined here. Despite measures being taken by banks, individuals…

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