D. John Goundrey*


John Goundrey is a Partner in the firm and a member of the firm’s, Corporate / Commercial, Real Estate and Health Practices.

John represents corporate and institutional clients in a broad range of commercial transactions. He assists clients in the real estate sector with commercial, residential and mixed-use development, commercial leasing, lending and other real estate transactions. He assists clients in the railroad and trucking sectors on a broad range of operational, regulatory and transactional matters. He assists clients in the health care sector chiefly in procurement and in connection with the development and leasing of health care facilities.

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Representative Experience

  • Acting for the real estate development subsidiary of a major financial institution in connection with a number of mixed use development projects
  • Acting for the purchaser of a major office tower in downtown Vancouver
  • Acting for a major railroad on a series of complex infrastructural and other arrangements with local and provincial governments
  • Acting for a major oil company in a broad range of real estate and related environmental matters
  • Acting for British Columbia health authorities in connection with the development and operation of health care facilities, often in the context of a public-private partnership
  • Acting for substantial trucking concerns in a broad range of regulatory and commercial matters

Professional + Community Affiliations


  • 1983 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1981 LL.B. University of British Columbia
  • 1977 M.A. University of London (England)
  • 1977 B.A. Memorial University of Newfoundland

Publications + Presentations

  • July 2016, “Testing the murky legal waters of an urban empty homes tax”, Business in Vancouver, Author
  • 2009, “May All Good Deeds Go Unpunished – The Safe and Effective Marketing of a Green Project”, CLEBC, Author and Speaker
  • 2009, “Peace, Order and Green Governance – Keeping a Project Green”, CLEBC, Author and Speaker
  • Author and co-author of papers for CLEBC and University of British Columbia Law Review

On A Personal Note

John is a keen traveler and cyclist who sees touring the world on two wheels as an opportunity to eat and drink whatever he wants. He is also a runner and Bikram yoga enthusiast. He has a cabin on Saturna Island (one of British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands) where kayaking, hiking and making crab cakes is all there is to do. He has a keen interest in the preservation of Vancouver’s built heritage and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a number of years.

Direct Line: 604 484 1710
Facsimile: 604 484 9710
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Assistant: Susan Rose
Direct Line: 604 643 2157
Email: srose@nullahbl.ca

* Professional Law Corporation