Michael Hargraves Moves On to New Opportunity

Michael Hargraves, a partner in our solicitor’s group, is leaving SMS to take on a new role as Municipal Solicitor for the District of Saanich.   We have valued Michael’s contributions to the firm and are sorry to see him go, but wish him the best in his new position.

Litigation Associate Position at Stewart McDannold Stuart

Stewart McDannold Stewart is a mid-sized law firm located in Victoria, B.C., providing a full range of legal services to local governments throughout the Province for more than 25 years. We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional level of service to our clients. (more…)

LGMA 2017

The Local Government Management Association annual conference is scheduled for May 16 to 18 in Penticton. If you’re planning to attend, you won’t want to miss the following sessions. On May 17, Jeff Locke will be presenting “Managing Public Expectation in the Event of a Claim”, with Sherman Chow of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC. Later than afternoon, Jeff will present “Negotiation Skills: Principles and Tips to Elevate Your Intuition”. On May 18, Colin Stewart will be presenting his ever popular “Legal Update”.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

SMS Presents at the VILGMA Annual Conference – November 16-18, 2016

Colin Stewart and Madelaine Campbell will be presenting “Council Codes of Conduct – The Ethical Issues / Legal Update” at this year’s LGMA Vancouver Island Chapter annual conference. This year, the conference will be hosted by Campbell River and held at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre. Colin and Madelaine will present on November 17th at  3:45 pm, and they look forward to seeing you there!

Presentation at the Building Officials Assocation of BC Conference

Michael Hargraves and Ryan Bortolin will be giving two presentations at the Building Officials Association of BC conference in Richmond, BC, on November 17, 2016. The topics of the presentations are “Legal Cases Involving Building Permits and Inspections” and “Regulation of Marihuana Dispensaries”.

LGMA Clerks and Corporate Officers Forum

On October 27, Peter Johnson will be presenting a session on Signing Authority at the LGMA Clerks and Corporate Officers Forum, which is being held this year in Parksville.

UBCM Convention – September 27 to 30

The partners at Stewart McDannold Stuart will be attending the annual convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities next week.  We welcome all participants to our beautiful home town of Victoria. As in years past we are proud to sponsor the UBCM Daily News. We look forward to meeting with our clients and colleagues over the course of the convention.

TOLGMA September 14 – 16

Michael Hargraves will be presenting a legal update at this year’s TOLGMA conference, being held at Silver Star Resort in Vernon from September 14-16. Michael’s presentation will be on Friday, September 16, and he hopes to see you there.

LGMA 2016 Presentations You Do Not Want to Miss – Thursday, June 23

The Local Government Management Association annual conference is scheduled for June 21 – 23 in Nanaimo.  On Thursday, June 23, Michael Hargraves and Ryan Bortolin will be presenting “Heating Up: The Legal Implications of Climate Change” at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m. that day Colin Stewart and Madelaine Campbell will be presenting “Legal Update 2016:  Pot Shops and Tent Towns”.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Upper Island Safety Conference – May 31, 2016

Susan Beach will be presenting on the topic of legal issues in managing workplace performance at the Upper Island Safety Conference on May 31, 2016