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Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson

Canada > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Powerhouse' Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson is the leading litigation boutique in British Columbia, fielding a team full of heavy-hitters in the market whose expertise covers the region’s major and emerging industries. The team’s recent caseload has included a number of disputes dealing with the duty of good faith in contractual performance, with Irwin Nathanson QC acting for Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District in an appeal concerning an arbitration award, which saw a favorable decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2021. Stephen Schachter QC has taken key roles in some of British Columbia’s largest business disputes, and ‘outstanding litigatorKaren Carteri is well versed in commercial disputes spanning a diverse range of sectors. Peter Senkpiel is a key figure among the next generation of top counsel at the firm, while another name for the future is associate Caitlin Ohama-Darcus, whose general litigation practice has a particular focus on civil appeals, administrative law and the resolution of complex commercial disputes.


‘This team is extremely hardworking and well versed with the area of work their firm participates in. This team is detail oriented, able to research effectively and efficiently and above all, very hard-working. As a client, you feel valued.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Irwin Nathanson, Steve Schachter and Caitlin Ohama-Darcus. The experience was very pleasant and throughout the process, I felt confident with the team’s ability and valued as a client. Irwin was always patient and has strong advocacy skills. Caitlin is very organized and has strong research skills. Steve is very familiar with the law and his area of expertise.’

‘The NST team is a powerhouse and they truly are a team. Everyone prides themselves on the quality of their work and does their part. The biggest strength of the team is the level of mentorship and availability of senior counsel to consult on complex matters.’

‘Karen Carteri is an outstanding litigator. She is a smart, strategic and thoughtful. As a client, you can trust that she will fight to the finish for you while maintaining poise and integrity. She considers matters carefully and from all points of view and does not show her cards until the opportune moment, when it best serves the matter. Karen is able to work across the aisle, which is critically important in negotiations and trying to come to a resolution.’

‘James MacInnis is personable and intelligent, did his homework and was able to jump right in without missing a beat. He made certain he was knowledgeable of all matters and we could trust that he was fully cognizant of the complexities and nuances of the case.’

Key clients

Hong Kong Expo Holdings

Canadian Metropolitan Properties

Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (Metro Vancouver)

Ming Sun Benevolent Society

Silver International Investments

The Style Travel

College of Veterinarians of BC

Raicon Developments

LTS Infrastructure Services Limited Partnership

Complete Utility Contractors

Chewters Chocolates (1992)

Turbolyft Aerospace

NAS Aerospace

R.C. Morris & Company Special Opportunities Fund III Limited Partnership

Ascendo Financial Solutions

PacNet Services

672944 B.C.

White Rock Pride Society

Acme Education Services

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP is recognized as among Canada’s leading litigation firms. Led by six Queen’s Counsel, our select team has litigated many of British Columbia’s largest and most complicated business, commercial, and civil disputes. Known for its intellectual rigour, high quality advocacy, responsiveness to clients’ needs, and flexibility in procedural matters, the firm has experience arguing and defending certification motions, judicial reviews, summary trials, trials, and appeals.

In addition to the firm’s five Queen’s Counsel, the firm includes many former law clerks from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. The firm’s lawyers serve as adjunct professors at UBC Law School; 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.

NST’s clients include successful private and public companies, many of whom are referred to us by leading Canadian and international law firms. The firm acts regularly in some of British Columbia and Canada’s most significant cases across the full range of commercial disputes, 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, mining claims, and pension litigation.

NST also has an active bankruptcy and insolvency practice headed by Peter Reardon and Kevin Loo. Peter has been twice recognized by Best Lawyers Canada as Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Restructuring in Vancouver, including for 2020. Kevin Loo has regularly been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Litigation. Peter and Kevin regularly act for trustees, receivers, financial institutions and other creditors as well as for debtors and other stakeholders in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. The team is an essential complement to NST’s business litigation practice and to the corporate and commercial issues that arise for NST’s clients.

Dispute Resolution Irwin G. Nathansoninathanson@nst.ca604-662-8840
Dispute Resolution Stephen R. Schachtersschachter@nst.ca604-662-8840
Arbitration and Mediation Murray A. Clemensmclemens@nst.ca604-662-8840
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Arbitrator and Mediator : Murray A. Clemens
Bankruptcy and Insolvency : Peter R. Reardon, Kevin D. Loo