Angus M. Gunn QC, FCIArb.: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Angus M. Gunn QC, FCIArb.


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Practice Areas

  • Appeal and Review
  • International Arbitration
  • Domestic Commercial Arbitration
  • Public Law Litigation and Arbitration
  • Insurance and Tort Liability
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
Contact InfoTelephone: 604.640.4084
Fax: 604.622.5915
University University of British Columbia, B.A., 1990
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1993; University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1998
Admitted1995, British Columbia; 1998, Solicitor, England and Wales

Professional Involvement

•Member, London Court of International Arbitration, 2002-present
•Member, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. (including roster of approved arbitrators), 1999-present; Director, 2006-09
•fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ( London, England), 2006-present; Member, 1999-2006
•Director, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2005-12
•Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), 2012

Community Involvement

•Director, Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia, 2010-present
•Director, Pro Bono Law of British Columbia, 2008-10
•Lifetime Member, The Lincoln Forum
•Member, Abraham Lincoln Association


Angus Gunn is a partner in our Commercial Litigation Group in our Vancouver office. His practice emphasizes commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on appellate litigation, and international and domestic commercial arbitration. He also assists clients with general judicial review and other public law matters. He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, the Court of Appeal for Alberta, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also accepts appointments as arbitrator and mediator.

In addition to maintaining his law practice, Angus has taught for over a decade at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, where the students have selected him on three occasions to receive the award for outstanding teaching by an adjunct professor. Angus has also made substantial contributions to the community in the area of pro bono work over many years, and is the recipient of a Canadian Bar Association award for those contributions. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2012.

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Author, Canada's Absolute Criminal Prohibition on Physician Assisted Death is Unconstitutional, BLG Commercial Litigation Bulletin, February 2015.
•Co-Chair, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) Administrative Law Conferences, 2005-12.
•Speaker, “Personal Injury Appellate Case Law Update, 2012, ” Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) Conference titled “The Best Defence, ” September 2012.
•Co-Author, British Columbia Administrative Law Practice, CLE BC, 2012 and looseleaf.
•Speaker, “Arbitrator Challenges for Bias: Where Are We Going After Boeing?, ” ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, October 2011.
•Rapporteur, “ New York Convention Workshop, ” International Bar Association (IBA) 2010 Annual Conference and IBA's Arbitration News, March 2011.
•Co-Panellist, “Factum Writing, ” CLE BC Appellate Advocacy Conference, October 2010.
•Co-Author/Speaker, “Personal Injury Case Law Update 2005-2006: Court of Appeal for British Columbia and Supreme Court of Canada, ” CLE BC Personal Injury Conference, 2006.
•Speaker, “Bias and Lack of Independence: Procedural and Evidentiary Issues, ” The Canadian Institute's Fundamentals of Administrative Law and Practice Course, June 2006.
•Author, “BC Court Develops Guidelines on Technology Use in Civil Proceedings, ” The Lawyers Weekly, May 2006.
•Speaker, “Formal Offers to Settle: Rule 37 Case Law Update 2005-2006, ” Canadian Bar Association -Insurance Law Section (BC Branch) Meeting, April 2006.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: British Columbia (Band 4)).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2012) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, International Arbitration).
•Recognized in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Lexpert /Report on Business Litigation Special Edition as a leading litigator.
•Recognized as the 2015 Vancouver Appellate Practice Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: British Columbia.
•Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2014 edition of Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers.
•Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2012.
•Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
•Adam S. Albright Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 2013 2008 and 2005.
•Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), 2008.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Ciolli v. Galley, 15 BCLR (5th) 303, 2011 BCCA 106: appeal from jury assessment of damages in personal injury action, including largest assessment of damages for non-pecuniary loss in Canadian history.; Bradley v. Groves, 8 BCLR (5th) 247, 2010 BCCA 361, leave to appeal refused, [2011] 1 S.C.R. vii: appeal from imposition of joint and several liability on independent tortfeasors said to give rise to indivisible injury.; Bradley v. Bath, 1 BCLR (5th) 228, 2010 BCCA 1: appeal from judge-alone rejection of contributory negligence defence and assessment of damages for non-pecuniary and pecuniary losses.; Ashcroft v. Dhaliwal, 83 BCLR (4th) 279, 2008 BCCA 352, leave to appeal refused, [2009] 1 SCR v: appeal from assessment of damages where tort damages for indivisible loss reduced by settlement amount paid to plaintiff by later tortfeasor.; Skopnik v. BC Rail Ltd., 82 BCLR (4th) 313, 2008 BCCA 331, leave to appeal refused, [2008] 1 SCR xii: appeal from a finding of liability in negligence under British Columbia occupiers' liability legislation.; Named Person v. Vancouver Sun, [2007] 3 SCR 253, 2007 SCC 43: applicability of Dagenais Mentuck test to application by alleged police informer to have extradition hearing proceed in camera.; Lee v. Dawson, 51 BCLR (4th) 221, 2006 BCCA 159, leave to appeal refused, [2006] 2 S.C.R. ix: whether Canadian common law upper limit on damages for non-pecuniary loss inconsistent with Charter values.; Wewaykum Indian Band v. Canada, [2003] 2 SCR 259, 2003 SCC 45: test for judicial bias in Canada.; Bedwell v. McGill, 86 BCLR (4th) 343, 2008 BCCA 526: whether the former offer to settle Rule 37 conflicted with the Negligence Act, offended the objective of determining proceedings justly, speedily, and inexpensively, or reflected unsound policy.

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Canada’s Absolute Criminal Prohibition On Physician Assisted Death Is Unconstitutional 
Duncan A.W. Ault,Christopher D. Bredt,Margot Finley,Angus M. Gunn, March 13, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada has pronounced its long-awaited judgment in the Carter proceedings that tested the constitutionality of Canada’s absolute criminal prohibition on physician assisted death. The Court held that section 241(b) and section 14 of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe...

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