Professional Background

Warren Godfrey is an Associate in the commercial business litigation and workplace law practice groups who focuses his practice on general litigation, employment and entertainment disputes.

Warren has experience with contractual and other general business disputes, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, injunctions, employment agreements and wrongful dismissal disputes. He has a focus in entertainment law and has worked on a variety of disputes in this area, including acting for production companies, individual artists, and media companies.

Warren has been involved in the successful resolution of many business disputes, either by way of litigation, negotiation or mediation. For example, the precedent setting case in the BC Court of Appeal (Smithies Holdings Inc. v. RCV Holdings Ltd. 2017 BCCA 177 ), where the court of Appeal clarified the law on special costs, namely that they should be reserved for misconduct during litigation and not awarded for pre-litigation conduct.  Warren also brings Petitions to the Supreme Court to affirm minor actors’ contracts in British Columbia.

Warren has appeared before the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. He has also appeared before the Labour Relations Board.

Warren worked as a lawyer in South Africa where he had a varied civil litigation practice . He also has several years of business management experience, and prides himself on his ability to understand and appreciate his clients’ unique business needs.

Education

Bar Admissions

  • South Africa, 2010
  • British Columbia, 2017

Education

  • UBC, Faculty of Law
  • National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada – conversion of foreign law degree
  • University of South Africa, Faculty of Law
  • Intec College, Business Management

Memberships

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association