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Robbie was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1991. He began his career as a prosecutor in northern BC before starting his own practice in 1994. After 10 years practicing law Robbie left Vancouver to do an MBA at Cambridge, and was engaged in a number of projects:
- Advised BP on changes to their culture in the North Sea to better manage costs
- Submitted a €50 million proposal to Enterprise Ireland to seed a new early stage venture capital fund.
- Business and Legal Affairs at CPA Global, a London firm building a new business outsourcing legal services to India
- Business development for Gambling Compliance, a London market intelligence firm serving the gaming sector
- Advised on a commercialization strategy for a new gas metering technology
- Business development for a Vancouver biotech start-up
- General counsel for an internet start-up in Dublin
Robbie returned to Vancouver in 2008 to found Robert Fleming Lawyers. He is a past member of the ACC and has a particular interest in the opportunity for creativity in the gap between business and law – see the Journal of Business and Legal Affairs.
In addition to doing good work, Robbie has always sought to do some good in the world. He has volunteered on a palliative care ward, done many pro bono cases, and been an active advocate for environmental causes.
Robbie is the father of two small boys. He lives with his family in Vancouver.
Download vCard of John Zeljkovich
John is an associate at Robert Fleming Lawyers. He articled at a large national firm, and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2010. John is a talented young lawyer who already has experience with complex commercial matters, creditor’s remedies, professional negligence claims, fraud litigation, Society Act disputes, employment and shareholder’s remedies.
John recently garnishing $300,000 from a bank in Quebec, and has been involved in matters involving both Anton Piller and Mareva injunctions, as well as Norwich Pharmacal applications.
John has been involved in a number of leading cases, including:
- Sivia v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) 2011 BCSC 1639, which was a challenge to the constitutional validity of British Columbia’s new impaired driving legislation
- The Owners Strata Plan LMS 2768 v. Jordison 2013 BCCA 484 – which established the right of strata councils to force misbehaving owners to sell their condominiums
- Equustek v. Google 2015 BCCA 265, the leading case in Canada on the power of the courts to control unlawful activity on the internet.
John is fluent in Croatian.
Download vCard of Daniel Cowper
Daniel is an associate at Robert Fleming Lawyers. He studied law at the University of Toronto, articled for a large national firm in Toronto, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2010 and British Columbia in 2011.
Daniel is a talented young lawyer who already has experience with complex commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, administration of trusts, fraud, banking, construction, trademark, insurance, environmental law, and international disputes.
Daniel has had sole conduct of cases in commercial arbitration and at every level of court in British Columbia. He has obtained powerful court orders including asset freeze (Mareva inunction) and search and seizure (Anton Piller) orders. Dan did the detailed work on Global Chinese Press v. Zhang, which led to our client obtaining control, before trial, of the businesses claimed by the plaintiff but operated by the defendants.
- Global Chinese Press Inc. v. Zhang 2014 BCSC 2344
- Global Chinese Press Inc. v. Zhang 2015 BCSC 768
- Li v. Global Chinese Press Inc. 2015 BCCA 53
- RCG Forex Service Corp. v. HSBC Bank Canada 2011 BCSC 315
In his spare time, Daniel is a writer whose poetry has appeared in magazines across Canada, and he serves as poetry editor for a literary review.
Allan McDonell QC
Allan McDonell is one of the most accomplished trial lawyers in British Columbia.
Allan is not a member of Robert Fleming Lawyers, but we work together on specific projects and rely on him for advice, as senior counsel, from time to time.
Allan practiced complex commercial litigation at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau) for more than 16 years, specializing in takeovers, heavy construction, shareholder disputes, defamation and professional negligence. Before leaving the firm in 1994 Allan was responsible for the management of a litigation group of 80 lawyers and support staff.
From 1994 to 2001 Allan took on full-time conservation roles as Executive Director of BC Wild in Vancouver, and later the Wildlands Project in Tuscon, Arizona, advocating the creation of protected areas. Later, he provided consulting services to international foundations and conservation organizations around the world.
Allan returned to Vancouver in 2001 and started his own law firm, where he practices as commercial litigation counsel in association with other lawyers and law firms.