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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.
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John is a 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.
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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.
Dustin is an associate at Robert Fleming Lawyers. He grew up on a farm near Medicine Hat, Alberta, studied commerce at the University of Alberta and then law at UBC, and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2014.
Dustin already has a wide range of litigation experience, including estate litigation, business disputes, human rights, and administrative law, but his main areas of interest are international law, constitutional law and the law related to climate change litigation – the focus of the LLM he is completing at Osgoode Hall Law School. He worked in South Africa for a year and clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Dustin is currently working on a number of constitutional challenges, including a potential claim against the Government of Canada for failing to take adequate steps to address climate change. He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Here are some of his cases to date:
- AB v CD, 2020 BCCA 11: representing the intervener Egale Canada on the issue of a transgender minor’s access to gender affirming healthcare and protection from family violence.
- Michel v Graydon, 2019 CanLII 109252 (SCC), representing the intervener West Coast LEAF on the issue of retroactive child support for a child over the age of majority.
- Brown v Terins, 2016 BCSC 42, representing the defendants on a wills variation action brought by a common law spouse.
Outside his legal practice, Dustin volunteers as a coach for the UBC Law School Wilson Moot team and as co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference.
Robyn was called to the bar in 2017, and already has experience in business, insurance, and strata disputes, including complex multi-party construction disputes, as well as human rights complaints and professional negligence claims. She has appeared as lead counsel in British Columbia Supreme Court, in Provincial Court, and at various tribunal hearings and mediations.
Robyn combines creative thinking, methodical analysis, and determination. She prides herself on her compassionate, no-nonsense approach, and aims to empower her clients to make informed decisions and get the results they seek.
She has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Biology and studied arctic vegetation and caribou in the Yukon as part of a Masters of Environmental Science programme before changing tracks and going to Queen’s University Law School, where she was awarded the MacLatchy Environmental Law Scholarship and spent a summer at Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Robyn has co-founded several businesses, and when she is not in the office can be found chasing adventure in her beloved jeep.
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.