Jean Whittow Q.C.

Jean Whittow Q.C.

Associate Counsel
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Phone:
604-259-0846 (Local)
866-826-9772 (Toll Free)
Email:

Jean practices in the area administrative law and professional regulation. She acts for law societies, health colleges, securities regulators and other administrative tribunals, and for individuals in interactions with such bodies.

Jean served as in-house counsel to the Law Society from 1991 to 1997. She was then named Director of the Law Society's regulatory programs, including Professional Conduct, Discipline, Special Compensation and Custodianships, Practice Standards and Audit/Investigation, and subsequently served as Executive Deputy Director of the same programs from 1999 to 2003.

Since 2003, Jean has worked in private practice. Her work includes:

  • acting as counsel in administrative hearings and court proceedings;
  • conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct;
  • advising on such topics as legislative interpretation, access to information issues, and conflicts;
  • designing or evaluating regulatory processes;
  • preparing policies, rules, bylaws and legislation;
  • training board members and staff on the conduct of investigations and hearings;
  • acting as independent counsel to administrative tribunals;
  • serving as an adjudicator.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Professional Regulation

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1984
  • Yukon Territory, 2009

Education

  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • LL.B. - 1983
  • University of British Columbia
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • The Law Society’s Investigative Powers – co-author, CBA “Bar Talk”, 2015

Classes/Seminars

  • “Hot Mentor”, Hot Tips from Hot Mentors, CBA BC WLF 2010 Fall Launch
  • A Short Paper on Professional Ethics and Responsibility – presented at the Trial Lawyers Association of BC 2014 Women’s Retreat
  • Admission to Practice, presented at the 2014 CLE Self-Governing Professions Course
  • Regulating the Regulators aka “Board Members Behaving Badly”, presented at the 2011 CLE Self-Governing Professions Course
  • Enforcement - Litigation/Discipline/ADR, presented at the 2009 CLE Self-Governing Professions Course
  • The Top Ten Ways to Get Yourself Reported to the Law Society, presented at the 2007 CLE Solo and Small Firm Conference

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2001 - Present
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association, Member
  • Law Society of BC (LSBC), 1984 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Legal Services Society, 2015 to date – Chair
  • Legal Services Society, Succession Task Force 2017-2018
  • Chair, Legal Services Society, Stakeholder Engagement Committee, 2018
  • Member, Legal Services Society, Finance Committee, 2015-2017
  • Member, Legal Services Society, Executive Committee, 2017-2018
  • Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Society (CLE) - “Self-Regulating Organizations”, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008 & 2011
  • Mentor, CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum Mentoring Program, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017
  • Member, LSBC Disclosure and Privacy Task Force, 2003 to 2006
  • Member, LSBC Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, 2017
  • Member, LSBC Adjudicator Code of Conduct Working Group, 2016 to date
  • Member, College of Veterinarians of BC – Registration and Discipline Committee
  • Member, Real Estate Council of BC, Trading Services Advisory Group, 2017 to date
  • Group Leader, Inns of Court Program, 1998 to date