21 Years of Golf FUN-RAISING
SU was proud to host friends and clients at our 21st annual golf tournament at Morgan Creek Golf Course September 19. After a rainy start to the day the clouds cleared and the sun came out, making for a perfect day of golf. This year the coveted plaid jacket and fish tie went to Lyle Langlois of Langlois Brown.
Our tourney also raised just over $10,000 for Athletics for Kids and BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association. As Athletics for Kids were celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2017, we were delighted to be surprised at the tournament with a presentation recognizing our many years of fundraising with them. Over the years, SU has raised more than $100,000 for both organizations.
A huge “thank you” to everyone who took part and supported the charities! See you next year!
Welcoming New Faces!
We are pleased to announce that Lysandra Bumstead and Fred Troen were recently called to the bar and have joined SU as associates. Fred’s practice will focus on civil litigation, and he has a particular interest in entertainment law and wills and estates. Lysandra currently practices in civil litigation with a focus on commercial disputes.
Samson Chan also joined SU recently as an associate in our Commercial Property Group to assist on the B.C. HOME Partnership Project. Samson joins us from a regional firm in Richmond.
Newly articled students Matthew Milne and Ian Davis joined us over the summer, and summer student Allison Morrell returned to article in September.
In Supporting Roles…
We are pleased to announce that Veronica Stephen and Sarah Donald, both previously legal administrative assistants at the firm, recently joined our paralegal group. Both Veronica and Sarah will continue to work alongside the corporate commercial group.
In August, Ernest Soares also joined our paralegal team when he and his family moved from South Africa. Ernest was admitted to the South African Bar in 2007. He joins SU as a paralegal before he transitions to articled student and then registered lawyer once he’s completed the process of getting licensed in Canada. We’re very pleased to welcome Ernest to the team.
Back to School
For this term’s fall semester, John Singleton Q.C., and Helmut Johannsen recently commenced teaching a course on construction law at the University of British Columbia’s School of Law. John has been teaching construction law at UBC for more than 20 years.
In September, Veronica Rossos presented to a full house on the topic Liability and the Holiday Party. Attendees were keen to learn what steps they should take to ensure everyone has a great time and stays safe at annual holiday events.
On December 14, Veronica will present the final session in her quarterly workplace law series. The seminar will be focused on recent privacy law updates. If you are interested in attending, please email Joanne Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyers in the Ranks
Dan Barber recently joined the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Insurance Law Section’s Executive for the 2017-18 year as Secretary.
SU Gives Back
For the annual Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament held September 9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval, SU put together a great team of lawyers. This one-day tournament pits firm against firm, barristers against solicitors, and youth against experience. This year the event supported four charities: Night Hoops, Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of B.C., Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids (CLICK) and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Since 1995, the event has raised more than $1 million for local charities focused on helping children in need living in our communities.
In September, SU was the hole-in-one sponsor at the annual Philippines Canada Trade Council golf tournament. A portion of proceeds went to ANCOP Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization, to fund home-building and community development programs in the Philippines. Both Edmundo Guevara and Mark Thompson attended from SU. Edmundo is the outgoing secretary for the trade council.