Kelsey is member of Harper Grey’s Health and Commercial Litigation Law Groups.
Kelsey is a dedicated litigator. In her commercial litigation practice, she has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial matters ranging from contractual disputes, labour and employment issues, protecting confidential information, claims against directors and officers, and defending clients against tax litigation.
Kelsey has a keen interest in cross-border litigation, particularly the enforcement of foreign judgements in Canada. She recently drafted submissions on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association to the Government of Canada regarding the renegotiation and modernization of NAFTA.
In her health law practice, Kelsey represents health professionals in civil actions, and in proceedings before regulatory bodies. She also provides advice to physicians on a wide range of medical-legal matters.
Kelsey has appeared at all levels of court in BC, as well as at the Federal Court of Canada and various tribunals. The Canadian Yearbook of International Law selected Kelsey’s article for publication in its 2017 volume, published in October 2018. The article, “When Immunity Means Impunity: Lessons for Canada from Recent Cases on State Immunity from Execution,” discusses the difficulties creditors may face when seeking to enforce a decision against a State. She was called to both the British Columbia and Ontario Bars in 2016 following her articles with Harper Grey.
Prior to articling, Kelsey clerked for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She attended law school at UBC, where she participated in the Global Environment and Resource Law Externship Program, the International Law Journal, and the Environmental Law Group, as well as representing UBC at the Jessup International Law Moot. She also spent a summer interning for the United Nations Environment Programme in Washington, D.C. Prior to studying law, Kelsey studied Environmental Policy, Political Science and English at the University of Toronto.
- Argued successfully for the dismissal of an appeal regarding limitation periods in the context of the Mental Health Act (N.E.T. v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2018 BCCA 380)
- Successfully obtained a Norwich order compelling a third party to provide document disclosure prior to the commencement of a lawsuit, setting novel precedent in BC
- Counsel on the successful appeal of a decision of the Director of Crime Victim Assistance not to award payment for lost income due to drug use prior to employment (Laursen v. Director of Crime Victim Assistance, 2017 BCCA 8)
- In a criminal case, appeared as counsel on an application for disclosure of medical records to make submissions on the importance of confidentiality for young patients; the court declined disclosure
- Appeared as counsel for physicians in several proceedings relating to medical negligence actions
- University of British Columbia, J.D., 2014
- University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons.), 2011
- British Columbia, 2016
- Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, Section on International Law
- Board Member, AME BC Land Access & Use Committee
- Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association, National Section on International Law
- Former Member, Board of Directors, West Point Grey Community Association
- Member, The Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch