Founder

Why I became an Arbitrator and Mediator

Helping adults find ways to resolve disputes was always a priority. Using the law and the court systems seemed to me in my younger years as a fair way for adults to resolve disputes because there was one set of rules that applied to every person. After 16 years in the practice of law, I saw that the majority of cases could be resolved without the need to resort to a formal and lengthy court process. Both arbitration and mediation provide avenues to resolve disputes in ways that can leave parties feeling far more satisfied with the process than going to court.

So, along with the priority of helping people solve disputes I have added a second priority: using a constructive process for resolving disputes. Specifically, the process should be transparent, reasonably prompt, the parties should retain as much personal control as possible and there should be a feeling of overall satisfaction at the end of the process. Arbitration and mediation provide more of each aspect that makes a dispute resolution process more constructive. This is why I became an Arbitrator and Mediator, to help people resolve disputes in a more constructive way.

Education

 

 

 

University of California – Berkeley

Advanced Mediation & Conflict Resolution

 

 

Royal Roads University

Arbitrator Training Course

 

 

The University of British Columbia

B.A. & LL.B.

 

Memberships

Bar of British Columbia (May 2004 to present)
Qualified Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada (Designation obtained February 2021)
Qualified Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada (Designation obtained March 2021)

Short Biography

Our founder, Praveen, obtained both her bachelors degree and law degree from the University of British Columbia.

After second year in law school, she had a summer job at Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers and then articled at Harper Grey LLP. She worked exclusively in litigation since being called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2004. She was an associate in litigation at Koffman Kalef LLP Business Lawyers until 2010 when she moved to Paris for a few years.

After returning to Vancouver she started her own law practice in 2015. In 2020 she completed additional professional training at the University of California Berkeley for mediation and Royal Roads University for arbitration and in early 2021, she obtained two additional designations: mediator and arbitrator, both from the ADR Institute of Canada.

We should add that Praveen’s time in Paris gave her a deep appreciation for the arts. Today, she especially enjoys helping people in the art world resolve disputes so they can get back to the more important task of creating.

Samples of Litigation Experience

The British Columbia Supreme Court 

Successfully defended a contempt application brought by Stikeman Elliott LLP. Matthews v. Stikeman Elliott LLP, 2020 BCSC 878. Download Case 

Obtained judgment and damages equal to 9 months notice for termination of a distribution agreement. Meridian Distribution Ltd. v. Endeavor Design Inc., 2019 BCSC 2406. Download Case 

A business dispute between a landlord and tenant in a commercial lease.  S.E. Fraser Enterprises Ltd. v. W & W Parker Enterprises Ltd., [2009] B.C.J. No. 1961. Download Case 

Problems with a contract for the sale of a franchise.  Bhullar v. Dhanani, [2008] B.C.J. No. 1693. Download Case

The amount owed for land expropriated by a public authority.  Yin Wan Enterprises Ltd. v. Richmond (City), [2008] B.C.J. No. 185. Download Case

Wrongful dismissal claim by an employee.  Watson v. Seacastle Enterprises Inc., [2007] B.C.J. No. 541. Download Case

Money owed under a commercial lease for equipment.  (2006, successfully represented landlord, judgment rendered orally by Mr.Justice McEwan of the Supreme Court after one full day of trial.)

Private lender seeking to recover money loaned plus interest.  (2005, successfully represented lender, defendant agreed once trial commenced to consent to an order for judgment in full plus costs.)

The British Columbia Court of Appeal

Whether there is a legal contract to transfer a property, who is entitled to the profits from a sale and getting back money you put into a property that someone else owns.  Recovering the costs of going to court.  BCI Bulkhaul Carriers Inc. v. Wallace, 2017 BCCA 180. Download Case

Who is responsible for problems or defects discovered with a property after it is sold.  Cardwell v. Perthen, [2007] B.C.J. No. 1206. Download Case

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