“We are very excited to continue our support of Access Pro Bono’s ‘Going Public’ again this year”, says Richard Bereti, Managing Partner of Harper Grey LLP. “Lending our support as title sponsor is in keeping with our firm’s ongoing commitment to access to justice, a real and pressing need in the communities in which we live and work. Our lawyers actively participate in this event, and provide free legal advice to those in need throughout the year. This event shines a light on that need and on the important work of Access Pro Bono.”
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is a national, legal professional association for over 36,000 lawyers, students and judges in Canada, including more than 7,000 in BC. We are dedicated to protecting the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the Bar, and improving laws, the justice system and access to justice.
The BC Branch is a vocal advocate for increased access to justice for British Columbians. Our widely-distributed Agenda for Justice outlines specific issues that create hardship or uncertainty for those who engage with our justice system. In recent years, we have called for increased investment in legal aid, changes to the eligibility criteria so more low-income people can access legal aid, and support for the unbundling of legal services. All this with a vision that society and individuals should be able to access the justice system to resolve issues impartially, swiftly and before they become more serious.
Fasken is committed to improving legal access and justice for all. As an international leader in law, it is our duty to improve our legal system as well as the community’s ability to have those within it well served. Our lawyers across the Firm regularly provide pro bono legal assistance on pro bono matters each year. As a Canadian based international law firm with more than 750 lawyers worldwide, Fasken is the largest law firm in British Columbia with over 145 lawyers. Clients rely on us for practical, strategic and innovative legal services. To help the community navigate these unprecedented times, we continuously monitor updates from official health organizations as well as the federal and provincial governments. We have published and centralized several COVID-19 related materials on our COVID-19 Knowledge Centre.
Hunter Litigation Chambers is a twenty-three lawyer litigation boutique in Vancouver. The practice of the firm is restricted to dispute resolution, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and arbitration, class actions, labour and employment, criminal and regulatory, and constitutional and administrative law.
The firm is consistently listed at the top rank in independent third party guides such as Lexpert Canada, Canadian Lawyer, the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Canada, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers of Canada.
Since its founding in 2006, the firm has provided practical and cost-effective advice to clients to resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Four of the firm’s lawyers are Queen’s Counsel. With more than twenty active trial and appellate lawyers and a distinguished former appellate judge to draw on, Hunter Litigation Chambers provides clients with effective representation in a broad range of private and public disputes.
As one of Canada’s top business law firms, Blakes provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses in Canada and internationally. Blakes is proud to lead one of Canada’s largest pro bono programs. We were among the first to adopt a formal policy that treats time spent on pro bono legal services as equivalent to billable hours, and to form a national committee that reviews and proactively seeks out pro bono opportunities. Since 2010, Blakes has represented the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in six interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada, involving a wide variety of issues of public importance. Blakes regularly assists individual pro bono clients regarding tenancy disputes, debt claims, society governance matters and other legal issues.