Lauren is an Associate in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel with a general family law practice. Her practice covers all areas of family law, where she assists her clients with marriage, cohabitation and separation agreements, divorce, children and parenting arrangements, child and spousal support and mediation.
Prior to joining Watson Goepel, Lauren obtained her legal degree in Pretoria, South Africa and was called to the Bar in South Arica in 2012. During her legal practice in South Africa, she worked as a senior associate in Cape Town where she specialized in general litigation. Her area of practice included insolvency law, commercial law, family law and property law.
While passionate about the law, her true passion lies with people. With her training in mediation through the ADR Institute of Canada and her international experience, Lauren is able to provide holistic support to her clients in their most challenging times.
During Lauren’s legal career both in Canada and abroad, she has dedicated her time to mentoring students, learning about different areas of the law and finding innovative solutions for her client’s unique challenges.
Lauren has completed her Certificate of Qualification, National Committee of Accreditation at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in January 2022 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in September 2022.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring her beautiful new country which she now calls home.
- LLB (Honors), University of Pretoria, 2009
- British Columbia, 2022
- South Africa, 2012
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Member, Associate Civil Roster of Mediate BC
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Lauren is in the process of making an application to the British Columbia Bar Association to create a subsection which could address issues faced by foreign trained lawyers as well as provide a network of support. The BC CBA requires 25 names of interested members to start this process. If you are a foreign trained lawyer and a member of the BC CBA and are interested in participating, please email Lauren for more informaiton.