Approachable. Modern. Practical.
Lawyers can be pretentious and intimidating. We’re not like that. When you come to us for help, you will find our lawyers are approachable, accessible and friendly. We will take the time to listen to you, and when we give you advice, we will help you truly understand your legal situation. We promise to treat you with empathy and respect.
We stand out amongst our peers for our ability to adapt and apply technology to our practice. For example, we are as paperless as possible and completely cloud-based. Our use of technology means better, faster and less expensive legal services.
Whether you are resolving a dispute or closing a deal, your situation is unique and never black and white. Our lawyers are energetic and creative problem-solvers who are driven to deliver practical, timely advice.
I was raised overseas in Australia and Hong Kong. I am a proud former member of the Canadian Forces reserve, having served in the army before joining the Royal Canadian Navy as a bridge officer on Victoria's HMCS MALAHAT.
I am a relative newcomer to Canada, originally from Yorkshire, England. I have had a diverse career, starting out as a police constable, and subsequently becoming a paralegal, and then a legal adviser in housing law. Prior to joining the Breakwater Law team, I owned and ran a coffee shop in Oak Bay for four years.
After completing my Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria, I articled with Legal Aid Ontario, where I was on my feet in court on a near-daily basis.
Born in India, I grew up in Nairobi and Ontario before making Victoria my home. A strong and steadfast advocate, I bring to my litigation practice the pillars of my global upbringing: creativity, adaptability, and resilience.
I am originally from Saskatoon, where I directed the provincial chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. A strong advocate both in and outside of court, I enjoy working in complicated or novel areas of the law, and am always up for a challenge.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I competed in international mooting before practicing in Alberta as general counsel to a range of businesses. As both a litigator and a solicitor, I bring contextualized experience to bear for my clients in a wide array of situations.
I practice exclusively family law in Victoria. I maintain a trauma-informed practice, helping clients navigate legal issues in a child-focused manner, whether in or out of court. I excel at representing people in emotionally nuanced and academically complicated circumstances.
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We Chiefly Practice:
Separation, Divorce & Parenting Disputes
There are few things more traumatic in life than a breakdown of a relationship. Aside from the emotional pain, there are many practical issues that spring up – where to live, how to parent, how to divide your property and how to pay for your living expenses. The list goes on and there is no easy path from separation to resolution. At Breakwater Law, we know that not every family breakdown is the same, but we do believe that having a lawyer involved is always a good idea. Some separating couples get along just fine and are pretty much on the same page; they just need some help in ironing out the details and making sure that they have an enforceable and reliable agreement.
Wills & Estate Administration & Litigation
We believe that everyone needs an estate plan. The primary goal of an estate plan is to eliminate or reduce any problems and uncertainties about how your estate will be divided after your death. It is also used to minimize taxes and reduce expenses. Good estate planning results in a problem-free transition, which is extremely helpful to those left behind, so that they can focus on resolving their grief rather than resolving legal problems.
Wills can sometimes fail to adequately provide for those left behind, or result in an unfair division of a loved one's estate. We can advise you if you feel you've been disinherited or left less than a fair share of an estate. We also help executors get probate, and/or deal with a dispute against an estate.
Starting a business, buying or selling a business, raising capital, adding partners or shareholders, negotiating and entering into commercial contracts, dissolving a business: these are some of the typical activities of businesses that can often require the assistance of a lawyer.
For example, it's almost always a bad idea to purchase a business without having a lawyer conduct some due diligence searches on the business or assets to be bought, and/or enter into a purchase contract without having that contract reviewed by a lawyer.
We Also Practice:
Child Protection / Criminal / Corporate / Commercial / Insurance / Wills / Estates / Civil litigation / Employment / Public and Administrative Law