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Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson

Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia Tier 1

Vancouver-based litigation boutique Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson is regularly called upon to support clients involved in contract, wealth, administrative, shareholder and human rights disputes. While the group is well-equipped to deal with the gamut of segments, it has particular sectoral expertise in banking, financial services, property development, mining and communications. Irwin Nathanson KC and Stephen Schachter KC are well-regarded for corporate commercial litigation matters, including class actions, hostile take-over bids, professional negligence and securities matters. Younger partner Peter Senkpiel KC, who was appointed King’s Counsel in December 2022, focuses on commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and advisory work; Karen Carteri is noted for her expertise in partnership disputes, property development disputes and insurance issues. Kayla Strong is the key name to note at associate level, following the departure of associate Caitlin Ohama-Darcus in January 2023. The team was strengthened with the arrival of forestry disputes-focused partner Mark S. Oulton in February 2023.


‘They have an efficient team of excellent lawyers and staff.’

‘Karen Carteri is a terrific counsel in court and outside of court. She is very calm and very persuasive.’

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigation and dispute resolution firms.

Established to provide trial, appellate, and alternative dispute resolution advocacy at the highest level to clients facing complex disputes, NST has carefully expanded its team which includes leading counsel at all levels, including five King’s Counsel and the next generation of top-ranked partners: James C. MacInnis, K.C., Mark S. Oulton, Karen L.M. Carteri, Peter R. Senkpiel, K.C., and Julia K. Lockhart. The firm also boasts a group of associates made up of former clerks and gold medalists.

NST’s partners are ranked as leading practitioners in Lexpert, Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, and Benchmark. NST was again selected as one of Canada’s Top 10 Civil Litigation Boutiques by Canadian Lawyer in 2022 and was included in the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s Best Law firms for three consecutive years. In addition to its work for clients, the firm’s lawyers serve as adjunct professors at the Allard School of Law (UBC); write chapters in texts on Business Torts, Government Liability, and the Annual Review of Law and Practice; frequently speak at continuing legal education events; and co-author the annual British Columbia Supreme Court Rules Annotated, and The Civil Appeal Handbook.

The firm acts regularly in some of British Columbia and Canada’s most significant cases across the full range of commercial matters, including contract disputes, shareholders’ disputes, securities and oppression claims, real estate development and property disputes, hostile take-over bids and derivative actions, administrative proceedings, actions for professional negligence, defamation actions and employment disputes, class actions and representative proceedings, forestry, resources and mining claims. NST’s clients include successful private and public companies, many of whom are referred to us by leading Canadian and international law firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Irwin G. Nathanson 604-662-8840
Dispute Resolution Stephen R. Schachter 604-662-8840
Arbitration and Mediation Murray A. Clemens 604-662-8840
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Arbitrator and Mediator : Murray A. Clemens
Bankruptcy and Insolvency : Peter R. Reardon