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Christopher Rhone*

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Christopher Rhone brings almost 20 years of civil litigation experience to the defence of his clients. His practice includes successful defences in complex matters including class actions, insurance coverage disputes, product liability claims, occupier’s liability, construction defects, motor vehicle, and administrative law.

Christopher has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on three occasions. He has also defended his clients before all levels of provincial superior courts and before administrative tribunals.

In addition to litigated claims before the courts, Christopher has extensive mediation experience. Together with Ward Branch (now a justice of the B.C. Supreme Court), he assisted a leading Canadian insurer through B.C.’s infamous “leaky condo” crisis. This included attending in excess of 100 mediations and representing the insurer before the courts.

Christopher also regularly provides insurance coverage opinions to insurers in relation to all forms of insurance policies. This assists insurers in making practical and timely coverage decisions when faced with difficult or high stakes circumstances.

Christopher is also a supporter of the BCSPCA. He regularly acts in animal cruelty matters before administrative tribunals and the courts.

Before his admission to the British Columbia Bar (2001), Christopher completed a judicial law clerkship with the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Christopher is called to the bar in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. He acts for clients before the courts of all these jurisdictions.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys cycling, spending time with his family, and hiking with his dog Murphy.

Areas of Practice

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

Professional Memberships and Education

  • Law Society of British Columbia (2001)
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories (2013)
  • Law Society of Alberta (2015)
  • Law Society of Yukon (2020)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • LL.B. Edinburgh University / University of Victoria
  • B.Sc. (Hons, Biology) University of Western Ontario
  • Best Lawyers, Recognized (Insurance)

Representative Experience

Chris has successfully represented clients before courts and tribunals in numerous reported cases including claims for damages, injunctions and declaratory relief. Several examples are listed below.

Insurance coverage

Class Actions

Torts

Administrative Law

Publications

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