Victoria
Suite 12 - 2544 Dunlevy St.
Victoria, BC  V8R 5Z2
Tel: (250) 480-7481
ANGELA WESTMACOTT, QC - PARTNER
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Suite 12 - 2544 Dunlevy St.
Victoria, BC  
V8R 5Z2
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Areas of Expertise

BAR MEMBERSHIP

  • British Columbia, 1989

EDUCATION

  • LL.B., University of Victoria

ANGELA R. WESTMACOTT, Q.C.

Angela began her legal career with the Ministry of Attorney General where she practiced in both the Civil Litigation and Constitutional and Administrative law sections of Legal Services Branch. In 1997, Angela and Debbie left the provincial government to establish Lovett Westmacott.

Angela practices in the areas of administrative, constitutional and human rights law. She advises and represents a broad range of public sector clients and self-governing professions providing both regulatory advice and representation in litigation. She has more than 25 years experience appearing before and advising government and other regulatory bodies, and appearing at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has extensive judicial review and appellate experience. She has also prosecuted many cases before discipline panels of self-governing professions.

Angela was involved in the BC Attorney General's Administrative Justice Project and co-authored (with Debbie) the Human Rights Review - A Background Paper and was a legal advisor and investigator for the Information and Privacy Commissioner's first report concerning the Lobbyist Registration Act.

Angela is a frequent speaker at conferences on administrative law, human rights and self-governing professions and has conducted extensive training for governments, administrative tribunals and colleges. In 2011 and 2013, Angela co-facilitated conferences on professional self-regulation for self-governing professions. She was also a speaker at the 2011 CLE on Self-Governing Professions on Human Rights and the Registration Process and co-chaired the 2014 CLE on Professional Self-Regulation.

Angela is currently a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Committee. Her past appointments include vice-chair of the Safety Standards Appeal Board, member of the Law Society of British Columbia Unauthorized Practice Committee, member of the Law Society of British Columbia Credentials Committee, and member designate of the B.C. Human Rights Council. She was a sessional instructor for trial advocacy at the University of Victoria Law School for a number of years.

Angela also works as a neutral, providing investigation services primarily in the area of workplace disputes and discrimination and harassment complaints.

SELECTED REPORTS + PUBLICATIONS

  • "Judicial Review of Less Formal Administrative Tribunals", Continuing Legal Education (Administrative Law Conference) (October 2009)
  • "Criminal Code Court-Ordered Psychiatric and Psychological Assessments and the Role of the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission", 2011 Advocate 663
  • "Human Rights Considerations in the Admissions Process for Self-Governing Professions", Continuing Legal Education - Self-Governing Professions (April 2011)
  • "Practice Aspects of Procedural Fairness: Special Duties in Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants", Pacific Business & Law Institute (March 2011)
  • "Conflict of Interest and Bias", Continuing Legal Education - Professional Self-Regulation (April 2014)

SELECTED DECISIONS

Administrative and constitutional law:

  • Sayhoun v. B.C. (Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal), 2014 BCCA 86
  • Lee v. B.C. (Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal), 2013 B.C.J. No. 575
  • Garbutt v. B.C. (Ministry of Social Development), 2012 BCSC 1276
  • Farmfolk/Cityfolk Society of B.C. v. B.C. (Agricultural Land Commission), [1998] B.C.J. No. 1351 (S.C.)
  • Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Minister of Justice and Canada Attorney General and Minister of National Revenue), [1996] B.C.J. No. 71 (S.C.)
  • Ramsden v. Peterborough (City), [1993] 2 S.C.R. 1084
  • Omineca Enterprises Ltd. v. B.C. (Minister of Forests) (1993), 85 B.C.L.R. (2d) 85 (C.A.), leave to appeal to SCC dismissed 91 B.C.L.R. (2d) xxxvi

Human rights:

  • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia v. Yuan, 2009 BCCA 279
  • Berscheid v. Westbank Indian Band and Attorney General of British Columbia, [1999] B.C.J. No. 505 (S.C.)
  • Collins v. Abrams, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and Attorney General of British Columbia, [1999] B.C.J. No. 2859 (S.C.)

Health and Forensic Mental Health:

  • Mazzei v. Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services and B.C. (Attorney General), 2006 SCC 7
  • Winko v. Forensic Psychiatric Institute, B.C (Attorney General), [1996] B.C.J. No. 2262 (C.A.)
  • Blackman v. British Columbia Review Board, [1995] B.C.J. No. 95 (C.A.)

Information and Privacy:

  • British Columbia (Attorney General) v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 BCSC 112
  • Simon Fraser University v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2009] B.C.J. No. 2145 (S.C.)
  • Sochowski v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2008 BCSC 1390
  • Canadian Pacific Railway v. British Columbia (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2002] B.C.J. No. 848

Environmental:

  • Cattermole Timber v. Ministry of Forests, [1995] B.C.J. No. 306 (C.A.)
  • Western Canada Wilderness Committee v. British Columbia (Chief Forester), [1998] B.C.J. No. 808 (C.A.)
  • British Columbia (Minister of Forests) v. MacMillan Bloedel, [1992] B.C.J. No. 2760 (S.C.)
  • Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Council v. British Columbia (Chief Forester), [1996] B.C.J. No. 3184 (S.C.)

Land Title and Financial Services Regulation:

  • Bryan's Transfer Ltd. v. Trail (City), [2010] B.C.J. No. 531 (C.A.)
  • Buchanan v. Financial Services Tribunal, [2007] B.C.J. No. 2630 (S.C.)
  • Registrar of Mortgage Brokers v. Financial Services Tribunal, 2007 BCSC 1118