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Christopher Rhone

Christopher Rhone

Christopher Rhone is a partner with Branch MacMaster LLP. His civil litigation practice includes construction, product liability, occupier's liability, motor vehicle, insurance coverage, class proceedings, and administrative law.

Prior to admission to the British Columbia Bar (2001) Chris completed a judicial law clerkship with the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He articled and practiced at the law firm of Fasken Martineau before joining Branch MacMaster in 2002.

Chris has successfully represented clients before all levels of British Columbia's courts as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada and before administrative tribunals. 

Contact Christopher Rhone at or (604) 654-2954.

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation, Insurance Defence and Coverage, Class Actions and Administrative Law

Professional Memberships and Education

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • LL.B. Edinburgh University / University of Victoria
  • B.Sc. (Hons, Biology) University of Western Ontario

Representative Experience

Chris has successfully represented clients before the courts in over twenty-five reported cases including claims for damages, injunctions and declaratory relief. Several examples are listed below.  

Insurance Coverage

  • Economical Mutual Insurance v Gill, 2017 BCCA 351 (successful appeal finding no homeowner's insurance coverage for third party claim brought against father of injured plaintiff)
  • Northbridge General Insurance v DeTray, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Calgary Action No 1701-05005, Sept 21, 2017 (no insurance coverage for pilot car driver, jurisdiction properly with Alberta courts)
  • Lombard v Canadian Surety, 2012 BCSC 526 (successful application to compel co-insurer to contribute towards costs to defend insured)

Class Actions

  • Douez v Facebook, 2017 SCC 33 (Supreme Court of Canada upholding plaintiff's right to sue Facebook in B.C. in the face of a click-wrap agreement requiring action only in California); 2018 BCCA 186 (upholding certification) 2014 BCSC 953 (successful application certifying class action against Facebook alleging breach of privacy); and 2012 BCSC 2097 (sequencing motion in class action against Facebook)
  • Lam v. University of British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 673 (successfully opposing motion in class proceeding to have third party proceedings tried concurrently with common negligence issues)


  • Zhang v Garrison, 2009 BCSC 1741 (successful addition of a medical doctor as defendant in Richmond airplane crash case. Medical doctor sought immunity under the federal Aeronautics Act)

Administrative Law  

  • Binnersley v BC SPCA, 2016 BCCA 259 (successfully arguing appellant brought moot appeal, appeal dismissed)
  • McLeod v BCSPCA, British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board, July 15, 2014 (successful defence of BCSPCA's conduct in seizing 99 malnourished cattle from the appellant's ranch) 
  • Johnson v BC SPCA, (B.C. Supreme Court, June 14, 2011) (successfully seeking imposition of terms respecting injunctive relief sought by petitioner)
  • Ulmer v BC SPCA, 2010 BCCA 519 (counsel for the BC SPCA on appeal by animal owner contesting removal animals from her property and re.opposing application to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada (2011 CanLII 35964)