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patrick mcmurchy

Patrick was born and raised in Vancouver. He went to Queen Mary Elementary School and graduated from Magee Secondary School. In between, he spent two years in Perth, Australia.

In his youth, Patrick was a competitive swimmer in both Canada and Australia, and he continued with that sport in university at U.B.C.

After graduating from high school, Patrick acquired 3 university degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from U.B.C., and law degrees from the University of Edinburgh and U.B.C.

After receiving his law degree from U.B.C., Patrick articled at Thompson, McConnell, then the leading municipal law firm in British Columbia, and continued thereafter he was called to the bar in 1987. After a couple of years at Thompson, McConnell, Patrick practiced civil litigation, focusing primarily in personal injury law and family law. In 2006 Patrick moved to Nanaimo and a short time later, Patrick and Laurie Crossan joined with Rod Mont and Michael Walker under the banner of Mont & Walker.

In his more than 30 years of practice, Patrick has represented clients in many cases in the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal. He’s also been counsel involved in mediations in family law, personal injury law and, estate litigation. Patrick is qualified as family law mediator.

In personal injury law, Patrick represented the plaintiff in Alden v. Spooner, both at trial and on appeal. The jury award was upheld by the Court of Appeal, (Alden v. Spooner et al 2002 BCCA 592), and the case continues to set the high water mark for personal injury awards for chronic pain/fibromyalgia injuries.

In family law, he argued successfully in Bryan v. Chapman 2011 BCCA 278 that the court should treat both parties equally when considering division of assets and liabilities between spouses in a divorce.

In Hagen – Bourgeault v. Martens 2016 BCSC 1096 the deceased left nothing to her daughter and everything to her second husband. Patrick successfully argued that the court should vary the will and award the daughter 100% of the estate.

In Saxer v. Saxer Estate 2011 BCSC 584 the deceased bequeathed waterfront property to her nephew. After her death, the executor of the estate refused to convey to the property to the nephew until he paid the estate a large sum to pay for the development of the deceased’s surrounding properties. Patrick represented the nephew and the court ordered the conveyance to the nephew without any payment to the estate.

In 2003 Patrick donated his time to represent the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, which opposed construction of the Sumas Energy 2 power plant in Washington State. The power plant, which was to be located just across the border near Abbotsford, and therefore apparently outside the reach of the N.E.B. and Canadian pollution controls, would add to the already high levels of air pollution in the Fraser Valley. In a landmark decision, Canada’s National Energy Board decided against allowing the project to connect with BC Hydro, effectively killing the project.

Patrick is married to the love of his life, Olga and has two children, Sean and Ian. When he isn’t working, Patrick loves to spend time with Olga, together keeping fit, traveling, and looking forward to adventures.

Email: linda@islandlaw.ca