Canadian Lawyer

June 2020

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18 FEATURE LITIGATIONBOUTIQUE.COM WE CAN HANDLE ANY PITCH. WOODS LLP LITIGATION . ARBITRATION . INSOLVENCY 2000 McGILL COLLEGE AVE., SUITE 1700, MONTRÉAL (QUEBEC) H3A 3H3 T. 514 982-4545 TOP CIVIL LITIGATION AND CRIMINAL BOUTIQUES inquiries into compensation avenues for those affected by the downing of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752. The airplane, which carried 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent resi- dents, was shot down by an Iranian surface- to-air missile on Jan. 8. Hunter Litigation Chambers Vancouver About eight years ago, the last time Randy Kaardal was interviewed for Canadian Lawyer's Top Boutiques feature, he says top of mind for boutiques like his was succession. Sure, he says, it was one thing for Hunter Litigation Chambers' founders to "go across the street" and start its own shop with the profiles it had built at larger firms. But once it moved on, how would the next generation compete with the big firm litigation depart- ments? Since that time, three of the firm's founders — John Hunter, David Harris and Peter Voith — have gone to the bench and William Berardino has retired. "And I think one of the things that we're very proud of at our firm is there's been significant succession. And the firm, if anything, has gone on to great success during that succession, as a result of the next tier of lawyers maturing into excellent counsel," he says. Recently, the firm was involved with a challenge to the power of the B.C. Securities Commission's authority to freeze assets, arguing it is a violation of the protection against unreasonable search and seizure under s. 8 of the Charter. "It's a significant case in the province and that's obviously a very important power that securities commissions all across the country utilize to prevent securities fraud," Kaardal says.

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