Emily is a partner at Branch MacMaster and practices primarily in the areas of insurance and health law. Her practice is litigation based and she has successfully defended claims in a number of areas including commercial host liability, occupier’s liability, property damage and professional negligence. She also has experience bringing subrogated claims and defending first party claims against insurers.

Emily has a history of successfully defending clients at trial and in front of tribunals. Where applicable she uses alternate dispute resolution solutions to effectively resolve claims. She is experienced in using negotiation, settlement conferences and mediation to achieve optimal results for clients.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys travelling, cooking, trying new restaurants and getting outdoors.

Publications + Presentations

  • May 2018, “Strata, Cannabis and Policy Renewal Trends”, Insurance Institute of BC Seminar, Speaker
  • May 2017, “Trending Topics in Tort Law: Occupiers’ Liability (Commercial and Personal Lines”, Insurance Institute of BC Seminar, Speaker
  • 2014 “Whither Canada: Why Don’t We Know Where to Litigate and Why Do We Take So Long?” BC CLE Civil Litigation Conference, Co-Author
  • 2013 “Using Class Actions to Redress Historical Wrongs Committed by the Government”, Canadian Class Action Review, Author


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

Representative Experience

Emily has represented clients in Provincial Court and Supreme Court as well as before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Civil Resolution Tribunal and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Her recent decisions include:

  • A1902571 (Re), 2020 CanLII 110307 (BC WCAT): successful in the s. 257 determination thereby invoking a complete bar to the tort action
  • Cunningham v. The Owners, Strata Plan K 418, 2018 BCCRT 517: successful defence of a strata corporation against  allegations of significant unfairness
  • Mellor v. The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 463, 2018 BCCRT 1: successful defence of a strata corporation against allegations of significant unfairness
  • Kasdorf v. Regan, BCPC 2016,(unreported): successful defence of an irrigation contractor against a claim in negligence
  • Andrushko v. The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 1041, 2015 BCSC 2045: dismissal of a petition against the defendant strata corporation with respect to bylaw enforcement
  • Bradsher v. St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church, 2015 BCHRT 32: successful application to dismiss a human rights complaint for failure to file within time limits
  • Omond v. First Avenue Christian Assembly et al., 2014 BCPC 316: successful defence of an occupiers liability claim involving a trip and fall


  • JD, University of British Columbia (2012)
  • B.A., (Hons) History and Philosophy, Dalhousie University (2005)

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Health Law

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