Craig Neville | Watson Goepel LLP

Craig Neville, K.C.* Associate Counsel

Profile

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

Craig Neville, K.C. 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.

 

Education 

LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 1979

Bar 

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

Recognition

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers ® in Canada 2023 in the area of Family Law Mediation
  • 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, K.C.

2 December 2021

R. Craig Neville Appointed Queen’s Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Watson Goepel Family Law lawyer, R. Craig Neville, is a 2021 recipient of the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.). This designation is given to a handful of lawyers each year for their contributions to B.C.’s provincial justice system through their work as a lawyer, their good character, professional integrity…

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21 August 2020

Divorce in pandemic times: Arbitration as a potential answer

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), 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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