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Michael D. Shirreff

Partner since 2013

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Mike has been a partner in the firm since 2013.  

He has a broad litigation practice and has acted as counsel in cases involving a wide-range of civil, administrative and criminal matters. A significant component of Mike’s practice involves acting for individuals and companies in corporate commercial disputes.

At the same time, Mike has a particular interest in personal injury matters and wrongful death claims, having acted for many years for plaintiffs injured in motor vehicle accident and medical negligence actions. He has significant expertise assisting injured clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and/or catastrophic physical injuries.

With respect to criminal matters, Mike has been counsel in a variety of cases on behalf of both the Crown and the accused.

Mike appears frequently as counsel before all levels of Court in British Columbia.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2004


  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    • LL.B. – 2003
  • University of British Columbia
    • B.A. – 1999
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

The following are examples of some of the more recent cases in which Mike has acted:

  • Acted as counsel for an individual who was injured and lost a foot during a serious industrial accident
  • Acted for a woman who sustained significant injuries in an automobile roll-over accident
  • Acted on appeal for a number of defendants who had been found liable at trial for a significant civil fraud
    • XY v. Zhu et al., [2013] B.C.J. No. 1624 (C.A.)
  • Represented the successful party in arbitration proceedings concerning the interpretation of a joint venture contract, as well as subsequent applications for leave to appeal to B.C. Supreme Court
    • Avenue Canadian v. No. 151 Cathedral Ventures, [2009] B.C.J. No. 1569 (S.C.)
    • Avenue Canadian v. No. 151 Cathedral Ventures, [2010] B.C.J. No. 395 (C.A.)
  • Counsel for a foreign tobacco company in the provincial suit against the tobacco industry for the recovery of government-funded health care expenditures
    • British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco, [2008] B.C.J. No. 609 (S.C.); appeal granted at [2009] B.C.J. No. 2444 (C.A.)
    • R. v. Imperial Tobacco, [2011] S.C.J. No. 42
  • Counsel for the Crown with respect to appeal proceedings arising from a historic conviction
    • R. v. Henry, [2010] B.C.J. No. 2072 (C.A.)
  • Represented the successful party in an arbitration proceeding dealing with ownership of a closely-held corporation
  • Acted on appeal for an individual seeking to challenge a decision of the B.C. Securities Commission
    • Securities Commission v. Alexander, [2013] B.C.J. No. 452 (C.A.)
  • Acted as counsel for of a woman seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a left turn
    • Hynna v. Peck, [2009] B.C.J. No. 1569 (S.C.)
  • Successfully defended a chartered accountant in a lengthy professional negligence action
    • Newton v. Marzban et al., [2008] B.C.J. No. 472 (S.C.)
  • Acted as counsel for a participant in a Commission of Inquiry pursuant to the Public Inquiry Act
  • Acted as counsel for an accused in a kidnapping trial before the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • Represented an individual in one of the first provincial prosecutions brought pursuant to the Real Estate Development and Marketing Act
    • R. v. Wiegel, 2014 BCPC 54
  • Acted for an individual in an application by a debtor to set aside a pre-judgment garnishment order
    • Rossing v. Ocion, [2014] B.C.J. No. 2207 (S.C.)
  • Represented an employer in an unjust dismissal claim brought pursuant to the Canada Labour Code
  • Acted for many B.C. lawyers with respect to discipline and credentials matters before the Law Society
    • Re Eckardt, 2014 LSBC 7 (CanLii)
    • Re Gill, 2015 LSBC 16 (CanLii)
    • Re Applicant 7, 2015 LSBC 18 (CanLii)
  • Represented a bankruptcy trustee in a contested taxation of the trustee’s accounts

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Advocates’ Club , Member and former Secretary
  • Canadian Bar Association , Member, Civil Litigation and Appellate Advocacy subsections
  • TLABC, Member, Executive Committee
  • CBABC, Chair of the Automobile Insurance Committee

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