Robin Phillips

Associate

  • rphillips@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-3571
  • C 250-880-7628
  • Victoria

Robin practices Aboriginal law in JFK’s Victoria office with a focus on negotiation, consultation, and governance. She is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to find effective solutions that are customized to their particular needs.

Prior to joining JFK, Robin worked as a local government lawyer with communities and local government entities across the province of British Columbia and in Alberta. Robin has worked for a wide range of local governments and understands that each community and situation is unique and solutions must be tailored to fit the particular place, circumstances, and issues at play. Robin has advised on a variety of matters including bylaws, conflicts of interest, planning, contaminated sites, and development. Robin is honoured to have the opportunity to bring her legal skills to assist First Nations Governments to achieve their goals and objectives.

Robin is also a mediator on the Civil Roster of Mediate BC and has experience mediating a range of disputes. Robin’s mediation skills assist her in negotiations and in developing creative solutions to legal problems. Prior to her call to the bar, Robin clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

In law school, Robin was part of the criminal law clinic, where she regularly appeared in court, defending clients in criminal matters. She completed a specialization in social justice and worked as a research assistant for a family law professor and an environmental law professor. Robin also filmed and produced a documentary on Inglis v. British Columbia (Minister of Public Safety), 2013 BCSC 2309, and conducted original ethnographic research on how the law school environment constrains careers choices.

Robin is originally from Vancouver and is grateful to have grown up on Coast Salish territories. As a former baker and cook, Robin is a bit of a foodie and outside of work Robin enjoys trying new foods and learning about and improving upon new recipes. Robin also enjoys a range of activities, such as skiing, hiking, and martial arts, and loves to spend time with her husband and son.

Practice Focus

  • Governance
  • Negotiation
  • Consultation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Procurement

Qualifications

  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2018
  • Mediate BC Civil Roster Mediator, 2017
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2016
  • University of British Columbia JD, 2014
  • University of British Columbia BA English (Hons.), 2011

Publications and Presentations

  • 2019 Planning Institute of BC presentation “Survey Plans and More: Riparian Boundaries, Accretion and Parks” co-presenter
  • 2019 Lidstone & Co. Law Letter “Expropriating Contaminated Sites”
  • 2018 CLE Conflict Resolution Conference panelist: “Lack of Diversity in Commercial Dispute Resolution”
  • 2018 Lidstone & Co. Client Seminar “Case Law and Legislation Review 2018”
  • 2018 Lidstone & Co. Law Letter “Balancing act: freedom of religion includes freedom from religion — Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32″
  • 2018 Planning Institute of BC presentation “Planning for Trusts: Public Trusts and Urban Planning”
  • 2018 Lidstone & Co. Law Letter “Slapp Suits in the Local Government Realm: Taseko and New Legislation”
  • 2017 Journal Article “Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Keeping Control Over Municipal Corporations and Societies in British Columbia” co-author The Digest of Municipal and Planning Law
  • 2017 Lidstone & Co. Law Letter “Defamation and Managing Online Forums”
  • 2017 Lidstone & Co. Law Letter “Care and Handling of Petitions”

 

Highlights

  • Developed a secondary suite policy to preserve affordable housing;

  • Drafted a Fire Servicing Agreement to provide fire services to First Nations land;

  • Conducted a regulatory prosecution of a bylaw contravention for illegal tree cutting;

  • Negotiated an out-of-court resolution for the provision of repair and maintenance of essential equipment;

  • Advised on risk management and liability regarding the assumption of local government responsibility over provincial land;

  • Responded to a petition for judicial review of a Council’s decision to impose remedial action against a declared nuisance and hazardous property;

  • Acted as co-council on a successful complex expropriation trial;

  • Drafted and advised on numerous bylaws across a variety of areas.