Guy P. Brown, QC
Partner

DIRECT: 604 895 2804
gbrown@harpergrey.com

ASSISTANT: Melissa Olson
molson@harpergrey.com

Areas of Practice

Biography

Guy Brown is a senior partner with Harper Grey LLP and is the Chair of our Health Law group. His practice focuses on appellate, trial and administrative law.

Guy has represented clients in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

His civil litigation practice focuses on professional negligence and major personal injury claims and providing insurance coverage opinions .

In the regulatory side of his practice, Guy advocates on behalf of physicians in hearings before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and the Medical Services Commission of British Columbia.

A leader in the profession, Guy often speaks at continuing education seminars in the legal, medical and insurance realms. He has served a term on the firm's management committee and also as the chair of our insurance law group.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1982
  • University of British Columbia, B.Comm, 1981

Bar Admission

  • Appointed Queen's Counsel 2012
  • British Columbia, 1983

Leadership

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Health and Insurance Law Subsections
  • Instructor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, since 2001
  • Author, BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Manual - Chapters on Uninsured Motorists and Part 7 Benefits, published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC  (CLE), each year since 1992
  • Editorial Board Member, BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Manual, since 2003
  • Author, Civil Trial Handbook, Chapter on Jury Trials, published by CLE, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • Speaker at seminars for the Insurance Brokers Association of BC, the BC Insurance Adjusters Association, the Insurance Corporation of BC, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, the UBC Faculty of Medicine, the Canadian Medical Protective Association and Yukon Medical Association
  • Former Health Law Annotation Contributor, Quickscribe Services Ltd.

Recognition

 

Client Work

 Professional Negligence

  • Trial and appeal of a medical malpractice claim involving performance of an additional procedure not contemplated in advance of surgery, Goodwin v. Brady

Commercial and Social Host Liquor Liability

  • Successful appeal of the first decision in British Columbia where social hosts were found liable for injuries caused by an impaired driver who had consumed alcohol at their home, Prevost (Committee of) v. Vetter

Occupiers Liability

  • A BC Court of Appeal matter dealing with foreseeability of harm as a component of an action in negligence, Newton v. Newton

Insurance Law

  • Co-counsel for the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) in a Supreme Court of Canada matter relating to a judgment in which the BC Court of Appeal held the Attorney General vicariously liable to pay damages resulting from the death of a driver in a crash that occurred during a police chase of a stolen car. The appeal was dismissed, Attorney General of British Columbia v. ICBC
  • Acting for ICBC in an appeal dealing with the effect of a wilfully false statement made by an insured in respect to a claim, Brown v. ICBC
  • Acting for ICBC in an appeal which serves as a leading decision regarding coverage for losses arising out of the use or operation of a motor vehicle, Chan v. ICBC 

Assessment of Damages

  • Appearing at the Supreme Court of Canada in a leading case regarding deductibility of disability benefits from damage awards for loss of income, Cunningham v. Wheeler
  • Appearing at the Supreme Court of Canada in a leading decision dealing with deductibility of social assistance benefits from damage awards for loss of income M.B. v. British Columbia, 
  • Representing a client in a leading decision of the BC Court of Appeal regarding circumstances where a  plaintiff  dies after trial but before judgment Monahan v. Nelson
  • Representing a client in a leading decision of the BC Court of Appeal regarding deductibility of financial benefits resulting from remarriage from an award of damages under the Family Compensation Act, Skelding v. Skelding
  • Representing a client in a leading decision of the BC Court of Appeal dealing with awards for loss of care and guidance under the Family Compensation Act, Bianco Estate v. Fromow 

Procedural Cases

  • Acting in a BC Court of Appeal matter which determined that trial judges should not instruct juries as to an appropriate range of non-pecuniary damages Brisson v. Brisson
  • Counsel in a BC Supreme Court matter dealing with circumstances where a settlement offer was purportedly accepted by the deceased claiment's representatives after her death, Moss v. Chin 
  • Counsel in a decision of the BC Court of Appeal dealing with the entitlement to a medical examination under the Rules of Court where a previous examination has been performed in the context of a claim for insurance accident benefits, Vorasarn v. Manning

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