Jim Lepp chairs the health law group at Harper Grey LLP He is a senior partner with an extensive civil litigation and appellate practice.
Jim focuses on civil matters involving allegations of medical malpractice. He has represented clients in a variety of forums, including the Labour Relations Board, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Human Rights Commission, the British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Jim has litigated many cases before the British Columbia Supreme Court, has argued dozens of appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal and made several appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. He is recognized by Lexpert and Best Lawyers as a leading practitioner in the areas of health law and medical negligence.
- University of Toronto, LL.B., 1972
- McMaster University, B.A., 1969
- British Columbia, 1974
- Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2004
- Chair, Health Law Practice Group, Harper Grey LLP
- Member, Medical Legal Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, National Health Law Subsection
- Recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” in British Columbia in the area of Medical Malpractice by Benchmark Canada 2013
- Recognized as a "Leading Practitioner" in medical negligence by Lexpert Canada
- Recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers" in medical negligence and insurance law in Canada
- Selected as the "Lawyer of the Year" in medical negligence law by Best Lawyers
- Appeared as lead counsel in a number of Appeal cases which helped to define the test for causation in a medical context; C.P.M. (Guardian ad Litem of) v. Martin, Seatle (Guardian ad Litem of) v. Purvis, Sam v. Wilson, Bohun v. Segal and Ediger v. Johnston
- Represented a obstetrician who was alleged to have failed in his duty to correctly perform an abortion resulting in the birth of the compromised infant Plaintiff: Cherry (Guardian Ad Litem of) v. Borsman
- Represented a plastic surgeon in the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in litigation involving a failed breast implant and culminating in an important decision establishing a manufacturer’s duty to warn of potentially hazardous medical products: Hollis v. Dow Corning (1993, BCCA), Hollis v. Dow Corning, [1995, SCC]
- Appeared as counsel in a necrotizing fasciitis case involving issues relating to a physician’s liability in contract, as opposed to tort, for the supposed “loss of a chance” of a better result: de la Giroday v. Brough
- Represented a psychiatrist in a case involving attempted suicide from the psychiatric unit of a tertiary care facility: Ganger (Guardian Ad Litem of) v. St. Paul’s Hospital
- Argued a physician’s immunity from suit as a consequence of alleged negligence during the treatment of a workplace injury. The British Columbia Court of Appeal, on two occasions, found the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board, granting immunity, patently unreasonable, decisions that were ultimately reversed by the Supreme Court of Canada: Kovach v. Workers’ Compensation Board (B.C.) et al (1996), Kovach, Re (1998) ; Kovach v. Workers’ Compensation Board, 
Procedural and Limitation Period Issues
- A medical malpractice case involving an explanation of the ambit of the decision of the Court in Levitt v. Carr in circumstances where the injured Plaintiff failed to start his lawsuit while pursuing a claim for Workers’ Compensation: Vance v. Peglar
- A health law case involving the issue of what documents relating to a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons had to be disclosed in the context of subsequent civil proceedings: Beale v. Nagra
- An appeal involving the issue of what costs could be claimed by one successful Defendant against another successful Co-defendant: Moore v. Castlegar & District Hospital
- An appeal that decided what evidence, and professional opinions, could be obtained pursuant to Rule 28 of the Rules of Court: Sinclair v. March (2002) 210 D.L.R. (4th) 170 (B.C.C.A.)
- Represented tenants in a variety of complex commercial lease cases at the trial and appellate level: Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. v. 1854 Hldg. Ltd. (1990), 52 B.C.L.R. (2d) 279 (C.A.); Bucci Investments Corp. v. Great Pacific Industries Inc.
- Represented the anchor tenant in a dispute over the development of a proposed shopping centre: Dallas Park Shopping Centre Ltd. v. Buy-Low Foods Ltd.
- Represented a logging contractor in a dispute regarding a unit price logging contract with the Greater Vancouver Regional District: C & R Logging Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Regional District et al.
- Acted as counsel for individuals in a case involving allegations of misrepresentation, fraudulent conveyances, fraudulent preferences, and bankruptcy: Jaston & Co. v. McCarthy
- Acted for the provincial professional liability insurer of lawyers in a case determining that after securing judgment against a solicitor, the third party claimants could not seek recovery because it could not be said the claim was for injury or damage to the person or property, pursuant to the insurance legislation then in force: Starr Schein Ent. Inc. v. Gestas Corp. Ltd. (1987), 13 B.C.L.R. (2d) 85 (C.A.)
- Counsel for a life insurer who successfully denied coverage following a finding that the life insured had misrepresented his medical and insurance history on an application for insurance: Armstrong v. North West Life Ins. Co. of Canada
- Acted for an insured following injuries to the Plaintiff, incorporating issues of remoteness, foreseeability and the liability of joint and several tortfeasors: Harrison v. Biggs
- Acted for a contractor in a multi-million dollar claim that was successfully resolved, following over 100 days of arbitration, by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal: Crown Forest Industries Limited v. Commonwealth Construction Company Limited )
- Acted for a developer in a case involving the rupture of a major gas pipeline during construction: British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Marathon Realty Co. Ltd. et al
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