Robbie Fleming

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Robbie began his career in 1991, as a prosecutor in northern British Columbia, before starting his own practice in 1994. He left practice in 2004 to do an MBA at Cambridge, spending four years on a wide range of projects, including outsourcing legal services to India, business development for a biotech start-up, GC for a Dublin internet start-up, and a proposal to seed a new Irish early stage venture capital fund

Robbie returned to Vancouver in 2008 to found Robert Fleming Lawyers. He is a relentless innovator who relishes the challenge of difficult cases, and combines creativity with strong legal and economic analysis. He recently appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on Google v. Equustek, the leading case on the court’s ability to control global content on the internet, and on the first ever ex parte appeal in the BC Court of Appeal – on a worldwide Mareva injunction with parallel asset freezing proceedings in France.

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.

John Zeljkovich

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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:

John is fluent in Croatian.

Daniel Cowper

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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.

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.

Matthew Cowper

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Matt is an associate at Robert Fleming Lawyers. He studied Biology and Law at the University of British Columbia, articled for a large national firm in Vancouver, and was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2008.

Big law firms were not a good fit for Matthew – he traded up for the wilderness of northern Ontario, where he lived with a religious community which eventually led him to a seminary before he returned to the normal world. He is a man of wide and eclectic interests – and an unreconstructed royalist who has still not forgiven the Whigs for betraying Charles II in 1679.

Matthew has only recently returned to the practice of law. He assisted on Equustek v. Google (in the Supreme Court of Canada), and has been involved in a number of complex commercial matters, including jurisdictional challenges and the setting aside of Mareva orders.

Hao Han, Articling student

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Hao is articling with us this year so that he can be called to the bar in British Columbia in 2018, but he already has an established career. He is a partner of Shanghai Jinmao Partners, a leading business law firm in China, and is a former legislative counsel for the Shanghai municipal government.

Hao has extensive litigation experience in China, including shareholders' disputes, officer and director liability, commercial fraud, banking, securities, insolvency, real estate, intellectual property, administrative and public law. Here are some of his cases:

  • Obtained a 32 million RMB judgment in an administrative suit for land expropriation, on behalf of Outdoor (China) Limited – this may be the largest award ever given in China against the government of China.
  • Represented CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd., a Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed
  • Defended a Chinese company against a trademark claim brought by an American company, Malibu Lighting.
  • Defended the Construction Bank of China in a class action related to a 200 million RMB loan dispute.
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a 60 million RMB class action against Shanghai International Automobile City related to a breach of contract claim.