Stewart McDannold Stuart is happy to announce that Ryan Bortolin will become a partner at the firm starting January 1st 2019. Ryan began at SMS as an articled student in 2010 and has shown himself to be a talented lawyer with outstanding legal skills and is a highly valued member of the SMS team. Ryan will continue to focus on solicitors’ work and we are more than pleased to be welcoming him to the partnership.
As some already know, I will be retiring from the partnership with Stewart McDannold Stuart after 31 years in the practice of law and 30 years since the founding of the firm of Wilson Staples McDannold & Marley, that evolved over time into Stewart McDannold Stuart.
It has been a terrific 3 decades. I was so fortunate at the outset to have had the mentorship of some outstanding “municipal law instructors” such as Galt Wilson, Q.C. (who passed away in 2012) and Lorena Staples Q.C. both of whom I met when they taught the municipal law course at UVic, and who then provided so much guidance and knowledge when I was an articled student and young lawyer.
Peter Johnson will be presenting a “legal update” at the upcoming Association of Regional District Planning Managers annual conference, on November 7. The ARDPM annual conference is being held this year on November 6 and 7, in Victoria.
Peter will also be speaking at the LGMA Corporate Officers Forum on November 22, on the topic of Contracts and Agreements – Key Issues for Corporate Officers. The LGMA Corporate Officers Forum is being held this year in Kelowna, from November 21 – 23.
Stewart McDannold Stuart’s Election Day Hotline will be available on Saturday, October 20.
Our lawyers will be available by telephone from 8am to 8pm to assist our clients’ Chief Election Officers and their staff.
We are pleased to announce that Josh Krusell has joined Stewart McDannold Stuart as an associate. Josh will be working with our litigation practice group, acting for our local government clients.
The Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia is providing members of BC local governments with access to a free 45 minute webinar on the recent BC Supreme Court decision in Wu v. Vancouver (City), on February 20 at 10:00 am. Jeff Locke and Peter Johnson will be sharing their insights about this case, its implications for local governments, and risk management tips that local government planning and building officials should consider. More information about this webinar is available on MIABC’s website: http://www.miabc.org/Member-Services/Webinars/2018/02/20/default-calendar/duty-of-care-for-process-development-applications
Colin Stewart and Kathryn Stuart are pleased to have been invited to participate as part of the Knowledge Cafe at the CAO Forum being held in Victoria on February 20-22, 2018.
From all of the lawyers and support staff at Stewart McDannold Stuart, we wish you all the best for the holiday season, and a happy and prosperous New Year.
In lieu of sending greeting cards this year, we have made a donation support of Victoria’s Sandy Merriman House, which has been providing shelter and support for women in need since 1995.
Kathryn Stuart will be teaching a session on administrative law on November 17, as part of Capilano University’s Local Government Law Course.
The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is presenting a one day course on planning and development law on November 23, at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Peter Johnson will be participating, and will present a session on Practice Management and Ethics Issues in the Planning and Development Process.