Craig Neville | Watson Goepel LLP

Craig Neville, Q.C.* Associate Counsel

“As a mediator, collaborative professional, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator, my passion is to help families find tailor made solutions to their unique challenges.”

Craig is Associate Counsel in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP, and is widely recognized in British Columbia as a leading certified Parenting Coordinator and Family Law Mediator. For over 35 years, Craig has advocated for families in all areas of family law. He has a deep appreciation for the long term co-parenting responsibilities and challenges faced by separating families. His focus on alternate dispute resolution arises from years of experience with the court system, and his resulting view that litigation ought to be an option of last resort for families striving to solve their challenges.

Craig’s passions extend beyond the practice of law. He is an avid traveler, having visited more than 50 countries around the world. He runs, bikes, skis, ballroom dances, and has a keen interest in photography.



LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 1979


British Columbia, 1986
Saskatchewan, 1981


Work Highlights

  • Craig’s practice focuses exclusively in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Mediation, Arbitration and Parenting Coordination.
  • Craig has extensive prior courtroom experience, having  appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia

Publications and Presentations

Craig has authored numerous papers and is a frequent presenter at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC).

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Founding Member and former President, BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society
  • Member, Family Mediation Canada
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Past Board Member, ADRBC
  • A former longstanding volunteer with Big Brothers and Sisters, he has served on local, national, and international boards and was a founder of the Big Friends Giving Society


  • Queen’s Counsel, 2021
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers ® in Canada since 2012 in the area of Family Law
  • Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell®  since 2002
  • Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011
  • Gold and Silver Jubilee Medals from Her Majesty the Queen, for Volunteer Service
  • Recipient, Cecil Walker Award, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
  • Recipient, The Chairman’s Commendation. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.

Recent news from Craig Neville

21 August 2020

Divorce in pandemic times: Arbitration as a potential answer

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (, part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. Closed or inaccessible courts during this pandemic prompted me to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and, more specifically, how we can resolve them more effectively in these stressful and uncertain times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and when you couple…

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Scales of Justice for Parenting Coordinator

14 August 2020

Parenting Coordination and fee equity: What’s fair?

I’m not quite sure if this is a blog or a rant – or perhaps it’s something in between? In any case, it’s about how parents, lawyers, and indirectly the courts, determine the allocation of fees shared by parents who work with a Parenting Coordinator. A Parenting Coordinator (PC) acts as a neutral third party,…

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Divorce or Separation during the Pandemic

10 July 2020

Divorce law during a pandemic: the rise of arbitration

“Clients come to lawyers with problems they want solved, not issues they want litigated.” – Honourable Roy McMurtry I came across this old quote a few days ago and was prompted to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and more specifically how we are resolving them in these pandemic times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and…

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24 June 2019

How Parenting Coordination Works in BC: Video

Family law lawyer Craig Neville, a leading BC alternative dispute resolution professional, will be presenting on “Parenting Coordination Practice: 10 Years In” at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) 12th Biennial Family Law Conference on July 4th.  In this recent video interview, Craig discusses how retaining a Parenting Coordinator helps high-conflict…

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