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Ward K. Branch, Q.C.

Ward K. Branch

Ward Branch's practice focuses on class actions and insurance. He is the author of the textbook Class Actions in Canada, which has been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as other courts.

He is included in The Best Lawyers in Canada guide as one of the country's top "Bet the Company", insurance, and class action litigators.  He was named Class Action Litigator of the Year for 2015 and 2014 at the Benchmark Canada Awards. He is recognized by Lexpert as a leading cross-border litigation counsel. In 2016 he was selected by Benchmark as a “Litigation Star” as one of the preeminent litigation practitioners in Canada.

He has been recognized by the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. as one of their leading contributors over the past decade

He was counsel in the first class action cases to come before the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal. He has been retained in over one hundred and fifty class actions in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta and B.C.



He has acted both for and against the Governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Canada in class actions.  He has been counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada on class action and insurance issues.

Contact Ward Branch at or (604) 654-2966.


  • B.A., Carleton University, 1988 (Economics) (With Honours)
  • Dean's Key. University of Toronto. Faculty of Law. 1991
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1991 (With Honours)
  • Admitted to the British Columbia Bar, 1993
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1999
  • Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Admitted to the Alberta Bar, 2013

Professional Activities

Counsel Work

  • Counsel for Insurance Corporation of British Columbia in first class action certification hearing in B.C. Certification was successfully opposed at the trial and appellate level
  • Class counsel in two constitutional class actions against the Government of B.C. Certification was obtained in both cases
  • Counsel for Registrar of Mortgage Brokers in investor class action
  • Counsel for U.S. plumbing component manufacturer in products liability class action
  • Counsel for Private College in educational malpractice class action. Certification was successfully opposed
  • Counsel for siding manufacturer in product liability class action. Certification was successfully opposed
  • Counsel for a blood transfusion service in a transfusion-associated Hepatitis C class action
  • Counsel for an insurer in a premium-offset class action
  • Counsel for airport in a nuisance class action. Certification was successfully opposed
  • Counsel for brokerage firm in securities class action. Certification was successfully opposed

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