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Chris Godwin is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in both Pharmacy and Law and has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England. He has been a member of the British Columbia Bar since 1987 and is qualified as a Solicitor for England and Wales.

Mr. Godwin is also a licensed pharmacist in British Columbia. His experience in legal practice is in the area of civil litigation with emphasis on general contractual litigation, professional discipline, insolvency matters, landlord and tenant litigation, intellectual property disputes, personal injury claims and Canadian immigration and citizenship claims and appeals. Mr. Godwin regularly acts as counsel to the Coroner on inquests held in British Columbia.

Mr. Godwin practiced as a pharmacist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Mr. Godwin articled with the Vancouver law firm of Bull, Housser & Tupper where he also practiced from 1987 to 1994. He joined Baker Newby LLP as an Associate in 1994 and was a Partner from 1998 until joining our firm in April 2012. Mr. Godwin is a member of the Canadian, Vancouver and Fraser Valley Bar Associations, and is a member of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.

Mr. Godwin is also a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Old Darwinian’s Society of the University of Cambridge. He has acted as Secretary and a member of the Board of Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, President and a member of the Board of the Chilliwack Curling Club and was also Secretary and a member of the Board of Black Mountain Ranch in Deming, WA. He is presently an active member of the Human Research Ethics Board of the University of the Fraser Valley. Mr. Godwin enjoys golf, kayaking, squash, curling and cricket.

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • J.D. – 1986

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge,
Cambridge, England

  • Master of Laws – 1980
  • Honours: With High Honors

University of British Columbia, 1980

  • Major: Pharmacy

Professional Associations And Memberships:

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Fraser Valley Bar Association
  • College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

Bar Admission:

  • British Columbia, 1987

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3.3.2020
Human Rights
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Our client was injured in a helicopter crash at work. The employer then terminated her employment while she was on medical leave and WorkSafeBC benefits. Our client filed a complaint under the Human Rights Code and the employer applied to dismiss the complaint under s. 27(1)(c) of the Code. We resited the application to dismiss and it was denied as the employer was unsuccessful in showing that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success. Importantly, the tribunal found that “determinations made by WorkSafeBC abour whether an employee can return to a pre-injury job are not based on a human rights analysis of whether an employer has fulfilled its duty to accommodate.”
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1.21.2020
Commercial, Insurance & Criminal
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Chris was co-counsel for the defendant in a case where the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally ran him over with her vehicle. After a six day trial, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for aggravated and punitive damages and found the plaintiff was in fact 50% responsible for the incident.
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11.19.2019
WorkSafeBC Compensation
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Judicial review – Workers Compensation Board accepted our client’s claim for a back injury sustained on a first day on the job with her new employer. In setting her long-term wage rate, WCB found her to be a ‘temporary’ worker. We argued for our client that her employment was permanent. WCAT dismissed our claim and affirmed the initial WCB decision. We petitioned the BC Supreme Court, and the Court found the WCAT decision was patently unreasonable as it failed to make findings about the words of our client’s oral employment contract. This judicial review presented an interesting intersection of employment law, workers compensation law, and administrative law. Read Chris’ blog post about this case here.
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9.20.2019
Employment Insurance & CPP
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Chris’ client was denied Employment Insurance benefits after the Commission determined that she had left her job voluntarily. We appealed to the Social Security Tribunal and successfully argued that our client was in fact terminated from employment and therefore she was entitled to EI benefits. She received a retroactive payment and ongoing support during her search for new employment.
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