Barbara J. Norell, QC

DIRECT: 604 895 2832

ASSISTANT: Kathy O'Donovan

Areas of Practice


Barbara J. Norell is a partner in the Health Law Group at Harper Grey. Her practice focuses on defending civil claims and complaints to regulatory bodies against physicians, and providing advice in matters involving privacy law.

Barbara is a member of the firm’s Practice Management Committee. She is also the firm’s Privacy Officer and oversees the firm’s compliance with privacy laws and its privacy policies and procedures. 

In early 2013, Barbara was appointed as Harper Grey’s Chief Diversity Officer and  leads the firm’s diversity and inclusiveness strategy to identify and implement best practices in this area.  As part of this role, Barbara leads the firm’s participation in the Justicia Project.  Developed by the Law Society of Upper Canada,  and implemented in British Columbia in 2012, the Project is a voluntary program bringing together law firms committed to sharing best practices and developing resources and programs to support the retention and advancement of women lawyers.


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M. (e-business), 2003
  • University of Victoria, LL.B., 1985

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1986
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2016



Privacy law

  • Guest lecturer at BCIT on privacy law in a technology professionals course
  • Speaker. "New Privacy Legislation: Preparing Your Brokerage for Privacy Compliance", "Privacy Law: What Brokers Need to Know", Insurance Brokers Association of BC
  • Speaker, "Litigating and Defending Personal Injury And Disability Claims" and Surveillance and Privacy Law", and "Insurance Coverage for E-commerce Risks",  Insight Conferences
  • Speaker at privacy law seminars for insurers and an adjusting firms
  • Speaker, "Privacy Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency”, Insolvency Discussion Group
  • Facilitator, Freedom of Information and Privacy Association workshop held for groups wanting to produce submissions to the federal government on the Lawful Access Proposal
  • Contributor, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, drafted submissions to the federal government on privacy issues arising in the Legal Access Proposal


  • Speaker, "Technology Risks and Insurance Coverage"
  • Presenter, “Technology Risks", Harper Grey Catastrophic Loss seminar

Professional Negligence

  • Presenter, Canadian Medical Protective Association Symposium (CMPA), 2009, 2004
  • Speaker, "Medical-legal issues", GP journal club
  • Speaker, Canadian Neurological Science Federation
  • Speaker, CMPA regional presentations on medical-legal issues
  • Workshop co-presenter, CMPA symposium on medical-legal issues
  • Speaker, "Informed Consent, MSP Billing Disputes", presentation to Nanaimo physician's group
  • Panelist, "Section 51 of the Evidence Act and Privacy Legislation", Vancouver Island Health Authority, South Island
  • Speaker, "Medical Negligence Claims", BC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons AGM
  • Speaker, “Medical-legal Risk Management”,  and "Medical-legal Liability Issues Arising from Constrained Resources" Simon Fraser University Physicians' Executive Management Program.
  • Co-presenter, “Medical-legal Reports: Staying out of Court”, St. Paul's Hospital Medical Conference


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
  • Member, Medical-Legal Society of BC

Client Work

Health Law

  • Defending physicians in medical malpractice claims
  • Defending physicians in administrative matters

Privacy Law

  • Advising organizations on privacy issues


February 2, 2017