Peter is a leading barrister in British Columbia with a broad commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and advisory practice.
He has extensive experience as trial and appellate counsel in the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal in a broad range of matters including commercial litigation, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, class actions, defamation, and trusts. Peter was lead counsel in the recent case of Pirani v. Pirani, succeeding at trial in a dispute involving allegations of breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and knowing assistance arising from the winding up of four discretionary trusts that held significant hotel properties in BC and the United States. In a further hearing, the trial judge also awarded NST’s clients special costs. He has experience in the Supreme Court of Canada in two leading business disputes: McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (one of Lexpert’s top 10 business cases in 2014), and Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland and Others (part of the Supreme Court’s “Class Action Trilogy” and one of Lexpert’s top 10 business cases in 2013).
In addition to his commercial practice, Peter is often retained in difficult matters affecting the legal profession and the public. In A.B. v. C.D., he was appellate counsel for an intervenor in an appeal dealing with informed consent under the Infants Act in the context of transgender healthcare. He acts for the Law Society of British Columbia both as discipline counsel and on appeal. He also acted for the LSBC in Walkom v LSBC, a case addressing important questions concerning statutory immunities and whether a duty of care is owed by the Law Society.
Benchmark Litigation lists Peter on its “40 & Under Hot List” (2018-2020).
Peter’s approach to counsel work reflects the influence of his mentors. After law school, Peter clerked for Chief Justice Lance Finch at the B.C. Court of Appeal, and then joined Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP, where he has learnt his craft from some of the province’s best counsel—Irwin Nathanson, QC, Stephen Schachter, QC, Murray Clemens, QC, and Geoffrey Gomery, QC (now Mr. Justice Gomery).
Peter is a forceful, fearless, and persuasive advocate. Recognizing that litigation can often be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive, Peter protects his clients’ litigation and business interests both inside and outside the courtroom. He combines a strong facility with the law, creative problem solving, negotiation skills, strategic thinking and tactical insight, practicality, and sound judgment to advocate on his clients’ behalf. When in court, Peter draws from a wealth of experience and skills developed during many long and hard-fought trials and appeals.
As a student of the law and conflict, Peter’s contributions to the law extend beyond the boardroom and courtroom.
Peter is actively involved in alternate dispute resolution, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Arbitration Center. Peter is the editor of the leading text on appellate practice in BC, the Civil Appeal Handbook.
Since 2015, he has been an adjunct professor at UBC Law where he teaches a course on the law of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment. Peter is also the Co-Chair of CLE’s Restitution Course (2014 (presenter: Change of Position Defence) and 2020).
He is regularly asked to present at Continuing Legal Education courses (Commercial Litigation 2018 (Oppression Proceedings); How to Be a Great Litigation Junior 2019; A Litigator’s Arsenal 2019; Damages 2020). He has also been a guest speaker at CBABC Appellate Advocacy meetings and UBC Law’s Ethics and Professionalism course.
He is the author of “Three’s a Crowd: Third-Party Litigation Funding of Class Actions in Canada”, Canadian Class Action Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, August 2009.
Last updated March 2021