About our Lawyers – Phil Dougan

Phil Dougan

(604) 628-6441
pdougan@accesslaw.ca

Phil has been involved in a highly diverse compliment of law suits and dispute resolution proceedings: from precedent setting cases in the BC Court of Appeal, to debt collection in the Provincial Court’s Small Claims Division, Phil sees claims regarding strata bylaws; neighbour disputes, insurance claims, debt collection, land transfers, financing, defamation, residential tenancies, wills and estate matters, commercial leasing, and many more….

"Diverse" is an excellent word to describe Phil's life and experience. He comes to the law having worked in business, charity and relief work. He was born in Scotland; raised in England, and has lived in Ontario, Jamaica, the Philippines and lately in Vancouver for 14 years. He is married and has eight children.

Phil is a director of CCI Vancouver Chapter – the Canadian Condominium Institute which is a national non-profit dedicated to educating the stakeholders in the condominium industry; Planted, a non-profit organization developing urban farming opportunities, The Xtreme Theatre Society providing theatre experience and productions for about 150 homes-schooled children and teens; and a member of West Vancouver Baptist Church. Phil is also chair of the CBA’s ADR section (Alternative Dispute Resolution) dealing with mediations and arbitrations as well as new or informal dispute resolution techniques.

Phil received a BA from Trinity Western University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC in 2006. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in May 2008.

In his "spare time" Phil enjoys home maintenance projects and gardening.

Areas of Practice

  • Strata law
  • Estate litigation
  • Creditors’ remedies
  • Civil litigation
  • Residential and commercial leasing

Phil's Experience includes:

  • Trials in BC Supreme Court and Provincial Court
  • Appeals and motions to appeal in the BC Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court Chambers applications relating to strata law; estate law; family law creditors’ remedies and litigation procedure.
  • Working with lawyers, judges and community groups to provide pro bono legal services to the poor
  • Working with young people and children
  • Partnering in entrepreneurial endeavours
  • Managing large multi-million dollar retail facilities
  • Working over seas and in cross-cultural settings
  • Volunteering for a broad spectrum of Charities and Organizations
  • Completing and receiving the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from Prince Philip

Recently, Phil has been:

  • Teaching ‘Law and Tenant Relations’ (VCC)– a course teaching building managers about the rules of the Residential Tenancy Act;
  • Chairing the CCI- Vancouver Membership Committee;
  • Seminar presentation to PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents) on expectations in Tenancy situations
  • Attended CLEs on affidavit writing; dealing with litigants with borderline personality disorders; teaching “dealing with unrepresented litigants;

Phil is a member of:

  • The British Columbia Law Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association, member of the Civil Litigation and Wills and Trusts sub-sections
  • The Trial Lawyers Association of BC
  • The Christian Legal Fellowship
 

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