Emily M. Williamson
Associate

DIRECT: 604 895 2886
ewilliamson@harpergrey.com

ASSISTANT: Nicole Matthews
nmatthews@harpergrey.com

Areas of Practice

Biography

Emily practices in the areas of insurance and health law as an associate at Harper Grey LLP.  In her insurance practice, Emily provides advice to insurers on a wide variety of coverage related matters and acts for insurers in coverage related disputes and litigation.  Emily is also retained by insurers to pursue subrogated actions on their behalf and to defend their insureds in various types of claims including property damage, bodily injury, and professional negligence. 

In her health law practice, Emily represents physicians in civil actions and provides advice on medico-legal issues.  She frequently advises physicians on consent and capacity issues relating to elderly patients, minors, and their substitute decision makers.

During law school, Emily attended the Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands on exchange for one semester. In her final year, she was on the University of British Columbia team for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2008
  • University of British Columbia, B.A., 2005

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2009

Leadership

  • Contributor, Contemporary Canadian Insurance Law Casebook, 2015, Published by LexisNexis Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - British Columbia Branch, Insurance Law, Health Law, Elder Law, and Civil Litigation subsections
  • Contributing Author, Harper Grey Insurance Law Update

Client Work

Insurance Law

  • Providing advice to insurers on coverage matters and acting on their behalf in coverage related disputes and litigation.  Recent examples of coverage matters include:
    • The effect of the “recovery by innocent persons” provision of the Insurance Act on the claim of a strata corporation and strata lot owners for damage caused by illegal activity.
    • Failure by the insured to fully and accurately disclose the nature of the occupancy of the rental dwelling in several “rooming house” type situations.
    • The applicable limitation period for the mortgagee to advance a claim under the standard mortgage clause.
    • Whether the cost of structural and accessibility upgrades for a commercial building potentially required as a condition of obtaining a building permit to repair covered damage were covered under a bylaw endorsement.
  • Acting as coverage, defence, and subrogation counsel in numerous fire loss claims relating to fires caused, or allegedly caused, by arson, illegal drug activities, spontaneous combustion of hazardous materials, and negligent disposal of cigarettes.
  • Acting for the guardians of a teenager in a claim for negligent supervision in connection with a claim where it was alleged that the teenager took part in setting fire to a hotel that was under construction.
  • Acting for the homeowners in a small claims action where the issues were whether a wolf-dog hybrid should be considered a domestic or a wild animal, and whether the homeowners (who did not own the animal) were responsible for damages when it bit a neighbour on their property.

Health Law

  • Defending physicians in medical negligence claims.
  • Providing advice to physicians on consent and capacity issues relating to elderly patients, minors, and their substitute decision makers.
  • Providing advice to physicians on various medico-legal issues such as production of records.

 

Articles



Newsletter

March 1, 2016
December 1, 2015
September 1, 2015
Insurance Law Update September 2015
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Aaron Atkinson, Emily Williamson
May 1, 2015
Insurance Law Update May 2015
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Cameron Elder, Emily Williamson
February 1, 2015
Insurance Law Update February 2015
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Kora Paciorek, Emily Williamson
March 1, 2014
Insurance Law Update March 2014
Insurance Newsletter
January 1, 2014
January 1, 2013
Insurance Law Update January 2013
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: David Pilley, Emily Williamson, Kim Yee