Called to the B.C. Bar in 1991, Mr. Simon Read has been practicing law for over 20 years before all levels of Court in this Province. Mr. Read’s main area of practice is insurance defence including major loss, head injury, liability disputes, business economic loss claims and jury cases. Mr. Read also represents clients in others areas of litigation including personal injury claims, construction disputes, creditors remedies and employment/wrongful dismissal. Mr. Read’s focus on litigation is to bring cases to a timely and efficient conclusion whether through settlement or ultimately before the Courts.
Mr. Read’s experience in civil litigation has also resulted in other areas of concentration including Chambers practice (jury notice issues, expert assessments, document disclosure) and practice before the Registry involving Bills of Costs and Legal Profession Act hearings. In regard to creditor/debtor experience, Mr. Read handled debt litigation claims for a number of years for an international credit agency and various leasing companies. Other experience includes references from the Office of the Public Trustee for handling claims relating to infant and adult personal injury claims arising from people under the care of the Public Trustee.
Mr. Read obtained his B.A. from UBC (Honours Political Science) followed by an LLB also from UBC in 1990. As part of his law degree training Mr. Read attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco, and was subsequently qualified to practice law in California.
Mr. Read is a native of Vancouver. After graduation from high school at St. George’s School he put himself through university as a member of the Naval Reserves, receiving training as a Maritime Officer with the rank of Sub-Lieutenant before leaving the Navy. Mr. Read currently resides near Grouse Mountain with his family where he is close to the ski hills.