Administrative Law

Not every dispute takes place in a courtroom. Tribunals, boards, commissions, government agencies, and inquiries may have jurisdiction over issues that affect commercial, regulatory, professional, or employment interests. These administrative bodies each have their own procedures for resolving disputes that can include informal discussions, written submissions, or full hearings. Administrative bodies may also have their own internal appeal procedures, and their decisions are often subject to only limited review by the courts.

Stevens Virgin has the skill and experience to guide you and your business through the sometimes daunting world of administrative law. We apply the same level of care and expertise that distinguishes our courtroom advocacy to non-judicial proceedings. The elements of our courtroom success – diligent preparation, insightful reasoning, and compelling presentation – also bring success before tribunals, boards, and other administrative bodies.

Under some circumstances, administrative decisions can be reviewed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Judicial reviews are usually limited to issues of jurisdiction and procedure and can require complex legal analysis and argument. To obtain a successful result, your case must be properly argued before the administrative body. With our depth of experience and our dedicated research department we can prepare your case so that it has the best chance of success at every level of the administrative process.

We represent clients in administrative matters including:

  • Government regulation and funding
  • WorkSafe BC and WCAT hearings
  • Human Rights Tribunal proceedings
  • Residential Tenancy
  • Employment Standards
  • Professional disciplinary boards
  • Procedural fairness issues
  • Police Act hearings
  • Public inquiries

Our lawyers have represented clients at all stages of administrative proceedings including judicial review and appeals from judicial review decisions.

Sometimes just knowing where to start can be difficult when you are dealing with an administrative law issue. Stevens Virgin can help with that problem: you start with us.

For more information and to meet members in Stevens Virgin’s administrative law group, please connect with any of our key contacts listed at right.

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