Eric B. Clavier — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Emily Clough — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
About the Course Chairs
Eric Clavier is a trust and estate litigation lawyer at Fasken in Vancouver. After completing his studies at the University of Pretoria, Eric was called to the South African bar in 2000. He practised as a barrister in the Republic of South Africa for 12 years (South Africa has a split legal profession, like in the UK), gaining extensive trial and motion experience, and appeared at all levels of court, including various appearances in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.
After moving to Canada in August 2012, Eric completed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's NCA exams in 2013. Following truncated articles at Fasken in 2014, Eric was called to the BC bar in 2014, where he now appears regularly before the Supreme Court of BC and BC Court of Appeal.
Eric's practice involves assisting clients with contentious matters related to wills, trusts, undue influence and incapacity claims, committeeship applications, unjust enrichment claims, breach of fiduciary duties cases, abuse of powers of attorney claims, breach of trust claims, partitions of property, and passing of accounts.
Eric is a member of the CBA, the CBABC Wills & Trusts Section, the CBABC Elder Law Section, and The Advocates Society. Eric is President of the board of directors of Seniors First BC, past chair of the CBA Elder Law Section National Executive, member-at-large of the CBABC Elder Law Section Executive, and a Section Representative for CBABC's Provincial Council. Eric has given presentations on various topics, including trusts in the corporate context, powers of attorney, joint tenancy, family law in estate planning, corporate shares on disability, wills variation considerations, wills variation considerations for blended families, effective planning tips to avoid later litigation, practicing wills, estates and trust law during COVID-19, estate planning and planning opportunities in the time of COVID-19, and ways to safeguard your family, fortune and future.
Since the fall 2021, Eric has been teaching Trusts at Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC.
Emily Clough is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, where she is the key contact for the Elder Law Group. She has acted as counsel in cases that have set new precedents in BC, including on wills variation and the incapacity to marry. Her cases have received national coverage by the Globe & Mail and the CBC.
Emily is the elected Vice-Chair of the BC Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Emily is also the President of Health Justice, a human rights focused non-profit organization working to improve BC laws and policies of coercive health care, particularly under the Mental Health Act.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Jan Brongers — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
Mike Beishuizen — Westcoast Wills and Estates, North Vancouver
Tara Britnell, KC — Hamilton Duncan Law Corporation, Surrey
Annie H. Chen — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Rebecca Cynader — Scion Law LLP, Vancouver
Nicole Garton — Heritage Law and Heritage Trust, West Vancouver
Hardeep Gill — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Nikki Hildebrand — Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver
Fiona Hunter — Horne Coupar LLP, Victoria
J. Jeffrey Locke — McLellan Herbert Locke, Vancouver
Amy A. Mortimore, KC — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Zachary Murphy-Rogers — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Megan B. Nicholls (she/her) — Manager, Professional Conduct, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Isabel L. Romeral — Farris LLP, Vancouver
Allison Sharkey — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Amanda N. Winters — Farris LLP, Vancouver