Our Health Law Practice provides comprehensive legal services to hospitals, health authorities and private sector health care clients.
Our firm has served British Columbia’s health industry for more than 40 years. Today, financial constraints are the number one challenge in health care and we are committed to helping our clients maximize the value of their legal services.
Our corporate and commercial work on behalf of health care clients is extensive. We negotiate and prepare construction contracts for hospital facilities, real property development, joint venture and public private partnership agreements.
We also act in hospital mergers, structuring charitable foundations, establishing research institutes for hospitals, land leasing and development for hospital purposes. We advise on hospital governance, procurement issues, information technology agreements and intellectual property and technology matters.
Health administration also inherently gives rise to a wide range of administrative law issues. We are adept at providing our clients counsel in this area, including hospital privilege cases, patient care and health care professional issues, developing medical staff bylaws, advising on Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act issues, medical records access and confidentiality issues, and advising on consent to treatment and termination of treatment issues.
We advise hospital foundations on planned giving, compliance issues and representation in all estate litigation including defence of wills variation and trust claims. We also conduct wills and trusts interpretation, cy-pres and charitable gift interpretation, adult guardianship applications, and address executor and trustee accounting and compensation issues.
We provide information and privacy advice to our health care clients to develop policies and systems to ensure compliance with access to information and privacy laws.
Our Health practice also includes litigation. We regularly represent hospitals and nurses throughout B.C. in the defence of medical malpractice claims, particularly obstetrical and serious brain injury claims, as well as advising hospitals on consent to treatment and withdrawal of life support.