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Christopher Ness and his team assist clients with all Corporate, Business and Real Estate matters, including buying and selling businesses, incorporations and other business organizations, corporate reorganizations, commercial lending and borrowing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, and commercial leasing. Chris has extensive experience working with individual, business and corporate clients throughout the Lower Mainland.

Chris joined Kane Shannon Weiler LLP in April, 2021 in its Surrey office. Chris’ primary areas of practice are corporate and business law and real estate law.

Chris grew up in Vancouver, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Juris Doctor in 2011. Before becoming a lawyer, Chris had a career in hotel management with leading and luxury hotels.

Throughout the years, Chris has frequently volunteered with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and at BC Children’s Hospital with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with Emily, his Bernese Mountain Dog that he adopted from the BC SPCA, and her friends.

  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, 2011
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Bachelor of Science, 2003

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • BC SPCA, Member and Volunteer
  • St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program with BC Children’s Hospital, Therapy Dog Team

Bar Admission:

  • British Columbia, 2014

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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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