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.

New Articled Student

We are pleased to announce that Andie Britton-Foster, a graduate of the University of Victoria Law School, has joined us for her year of articles.

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!

Trevor Morley Joins Stewart McDannold Stuart

Stewart McDannold Stuart is pleased to announce that Trevor Morley has joined the firm. Trevor has demonstrated his effectiveness as counsel in all levels of court in the Province, and will be working with our litigation practice group, providing services to our local government clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart McDannold Stuart Welcomes Jeff Locke as Associate Counsel

We are very pleased to announce that Jeff Locke has joined Stewart McDannold Stuart as Associate Counsel. Jeff is widely regarded as a leading local government lawyer in the Province, and has established a sterling reputation as a highly effective litigator for municipalities and regional districts. Jeff will continue to provide legal counsel and litigation services to local governments throughout the Province from our offices in Victoria. Stewart McDannold Stuart has been one of the leading local government firms in British Columbia for over 25 years, and with his knowledge and experience, Jeff will be a tremendous addition to our firm’s complement of local government lawyers.

 

 

 

 

Season’s Greetings from Stewart McDannold Stuart

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 to Victoria’s Sandy Merriman House, which has been providing shelter and support for women in need since 1995.

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.