Download vCard of Robbie Fleming
Robbie is an innovator who relishes the challenge of difficult cases, and combines creativity with strong legal and economic analysis. He was counsel on Google v. Equustek, 2017 SCC 34, the leading case in the world on the control of 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: Equustek v. Jack, 2016 BCCA 190.
Robbie began his career as a prosecutor in northern British Columbia. 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. He returned to Vancouver in 2008 to found Robert Fleming Lawyers.
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.
Download vCard of Neo Tuytel
Neo enforces insurance coverage for policyholders, and has an exceptional record resolving complex, high value claims. Over the past decade, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in first party losses, defence costs and third party liability settlements, from insurance companies and negligent insurance brokers. He has national reputation as an authority on insurance coverage and as a highly skilled advocate.
Neo has been to the Supreme Court of Canada three times, in Family Insurance v. Lombard, 2002 SCC 48, Shafron v. KRG Insurance Brokers, 2009 SCC 6, and Progressive Homes v. Lombard, 2010 SCC 33. Some of his other notable cases involved fire damage to a lumber mill, Canada’s first six-storey wood frame condominium, construction defects in a billion dollar mine expansion, and the defence of high profile Ponzi scheme, wrongful imprisonment and assault litigation.
Neo has served as the General Editor of Canadian Journal of Insurance Law since 2008. He has been Co-Chair of Canadian Defence Lawyers’ Insurance Coverage Committee, and a director of the BC Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
In 2018 Neo was named Insurance Lawyer of the Year by the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
Neo Tuytel died of a heart attack on, May 6, 2019. He was only 62 and fit as a fiddle — so this is all very unfair. Neo was an absolute pleasure to have around and we were looking forward to many years of working together.
We were Neo’s succession plan but no one was expecting that he would pass the torch so soon. We are going to take care of all of Neo’s clients, and bring the same dedication and thoroughness to their cases as Neo did.
Download vCard of John Zeljkovich
John is litigator who has experience with complex commercial matters, creditor’s remedies, fraud litigation, professional negligence claims, employment and shareholder’s remedies.
John has acted in matters involving both Anton Piller and Mareva injunctions, as well as Norwich Pharmacal applications and enforcement of pre-judgement garnishing orders outside of British Columbia
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 Alanna Mackenzie
Alanna is an associate at Robert Fleming Lawyers. She studied History, French and Law at the University of British Columbia. During law school, she spent a semester on exchange at the Sutherland School of Law in Dublin, Ireland. Alanna had a unique articling experience, splitting her articles between Ecojustice, a national environmental law charity, and a boutique civil litigation firm. She was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2016.
Since her call to the bar, Alanna has been involved in complex litigation matters at all levels of court in B.C., including jurisdictional disputes and injunction applications.
Alanna is a volunteer with the Access Pro Bono Society of B.C. She is also a classically trained violinist and avid hiker.
Download vCard of Matthew Cowper
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.