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Julie K. Lamb Q.C.
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Biography

Julie Lamb is a litigator with extensive experience defending professional negligence actions on behalf of lawyers, insurance brokers, financial planners, and health professionals. Her practice includes the defense of complex personal injury claims, products liability claims, directors and officers liability claims, and property damage claims. Julie also gives coverage advice to insurers. Julie has defended professionals facing discipline from regulatory bodies.

Julie is an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law, teaching the Insurance Law course to second and third-year law students.

She has been recognized by Benchmark Canada as a Litigation Star in Dispute Resolution.

Recent decisions | Representative Work
  • Complainant v. College of Midwives of British Columbia, 2018 BCHPRB 117– represented a midwife in responding to the review by the Health Professions Review Board
  • Skipper Properties Ltd. v. Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., 2015 BCSC 225 – successfully applied to dismiss an action for coverage for property damage brought by an additional named insured on a wrap-up liability policy
  • Stoneman v. Denman Island Local Trust Committee, 2015 BCSC 264 – court struck all substantive allegations in plaintiff’s notice of civil claim on the basis that claims were res judicata 
  • Jobanputra v. College of Dental Surgeons – successfully applied to dismiss the action against our client on the basis that the pleadings did not disclose a viable cause of action
  • Dhillon v. Parmar, 2014 BCSC 1115 – successfully applied to have plaintiff’s action against a professional struck for failing to attend a court-ordered examination for discovery
  • Gu v. Friesen et al, 2013 BCSC 607 – successfully defended claim against school for failure to supervise
  • Cornester v Intact Insurance Company 2012 BCSC 1741 – successfully defended claim against insurance broker – plaintiff’s credibility undermined through cross-examination and use of handwriting expert
  • Toor v Toor – January, 2008 – co-counsel on a personal injury jury trial
  • McHardy v. Contois 2008 BCSC 292 – successfully defended an action against a driver who was interfered with by the front seat passenger and resisted a Sanderson order application which would have required the successful defendant to recover costs against the unsuccessful defendant
  • Rimmer v Langley 2007 BCCA 350 – co-counsel on an appeal of a finding of negligence and the apportionment of liability against a municipality for failing to keep roadway reasonably safe in an area of known flooding
  • Sansalone v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company [2000] 1 S.C.R. 627 – co-counsel on behalf of the insurer in a case which considered the interpretation of the intentional act exclusion clause and the duty to defend in a homeowner’s policy
Education | Professional Affiliations
  • 1994    Called to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1993    Bachelor of Laws, University of Toronto
  • 1990    Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo

 

Publications | Seminars

Lectures

  • May 2019: Presenter at Guild Yule Spring Briefing, 2018 B.C. Insurance Cases of Note
  • April 2018: Introduction to Cyber Insurance, CBA Insurance Law Subsection
  • October 2017: Presenter at CLE Insurance Conference, “The New Frontier: Cyber Liability”
  • February 2016: Presenter at CLE Damages in Personal Injury, “Future Damages – The Law”
  • December 2015: Presenter at CLE Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Basics, “Liability and Damages in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims”
  • May 2015: Presenter at Insurance Institute of B.C. course, “Intro to Professional & Executive Liability”
  • May 2015: Presenter at CLE-TV Insurance Law Update 2015
  • September 2014: Presenter at CDL The Best Defence, “SEF 44 and Priority of Underinsured Motorist Protection”
  • September 2013: Presenter at CLE Insurance Conference, “Insurance Case Law”
  • July 2013: Presenter at B.C. Risk Managers Association seminar, Directors & Officers Liability Insurance
  • February 2013: Presenter at Guild Yule Mid-Winter Briefing, 2012 B.C. Insurance Cases of Note
  • October 2010, The Duty to Defend in-house seminar presenter
  • September 2008, Continuing Legal Education, Insurance Conference presenter

Publications

  • October 2017:  The New Frontier:  Cyber Liability, CLEBC Insurance Law Conference
  • Summer 2013, The Verdict, “Punishing egregious behaviour by Insurers with Punitive Damages: Developing Trends and Practice Points”
  • April 2013, Guild Yule Briefing Note, Ediger v. Johnson
  • April 2013, Guild Yule Briefing Note, Court hearing fees are constitutional
  • May 2012, Guild Yule Briefing Note, Vacancy Exclusions under a Homeowners Insurance Policy
  • 2011 – present: co-author of chapter on Insurance in CLE Annual Review of Law & Practice
  • October 2010, The B.C. Broker, “Broker’s Duty of Care”
  • June 2010, Guild Yule Briefing Note, Beck v Johnston, Meier Insurance Agencies
  • May 2010, Guild Yule Issue Note, Litigation privilege under attack
  • 2002-2004 and 2006-2015 – contributing author to the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Manual