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Russell J. Bailey


Russell practices commercial, municipal and insurance litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defence coverage.  He has acted as counsel in claims for personal injury, defence of hospitals and schools, limitation issues, wrongful dismissal, fire-loss, product liability, commercial disputes, environmental liability, construction defect, as well as subrogation counsel in multi-party fire loss claims.  He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, and multiple administrative hearings.  Russell has been a regular volunteer with Access Justice Pro Bono for many years.

After three years of teaching English in Japan on the JET Programme, Russell completed his LLB at the University of British Columbia in 2004.  Russell completed his articles with Mair Jensen Blair in Kamloops in 2005, moved to Guild Yule & Company in 2007, and has practiced with the firm since.    He joined the partnership in January, 2014.

Recent decisions | Representative Work
  • Acting for personal injury plaintiffs against ICBC
  • Acting in a subrogated claim for a major warehouse fire
  • Acting for chiropractors in defence of professional negligence claims
  • Acting for hospitals
  • Acting for School Boards
  • Acting for commercial host liability defence case
  • Acting for municipalities in several negligence claims
  • Acting for highway maintenance contractors
  • Kern v. Forest, 2010 BCSC 938
  • The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 2940 v. Squamish Whistler Express and Freight, 2007 BCSC 948
  • Lewis v. M3 Steel (Kamloops) Ltd., 2006 BCSC 681
  • Strauss v. Jarvis, 2006 BCSC 675
  • Claiter v. Rose, 2005 BCSC 193
Education | Professional Affiliations


  • 1997 Honours B.A. McGill University
  • 2004 LL.B University of British Columbia
  • 2005 Called to the Bar and Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of British Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
Publications | Seminars

December 2015:  CLEBC Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Basics course presenter