NST was founded in 1987. The firm's practice is limited to civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes. The firm's strengths are high quality advocacy, intellectual rigour, flexibility in procedural matters and responsiveness to clients' needs. 

NST has represented clients in corporate commercial litigation including shareholders' disputes, hostile take-over bids and derivative actions, securities matters, class and representative proceedings, pension litigation, actions for professional negligence, and administrative proceedings.

Its clients include many of the largest and most successful private and public companies, many of whom are referred to us by leading Canadian and international law firms. The firm has also acted for the successful plaintiffs in two of Canada's most significant mining cases, Minera Aquiline Argentina SA v. IMA Exploration Inc., and Inmet Mining Corp. v. Homestake Canada Inc.

Canadian Lawyer ranks NST as among the "Top 10 Litigation Boutiques" in Canada, and as only one of two firms on that list from British Columbia.

Benchmark Litigation (Canada) ranks NST in its top category ('Highly Recommended') of local litigation firms in British Columbia.  In February 2013, this publication named NST "British Columbia Firm of the Year"

Since its inception, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, which identifies leading law firms and lawyers in Canada, has ranked NST as one of the "most frequently recommended" corporate commercial litigation firms in Vancouver. 

In 2017, Lexpert lists six NST lawyers as leading commercial litigators in British Columbia.

The Legal 500 Canada 2016 refers to NST as "a dominant force in British Columbia's litigation scene."  

Chambers & Partners ranks NST, along with two others, first among dispute resolution firms in Vancouver, stating:

What the team is known for:  Highly regarded for its ability to handle some of the top cases in the province, with a high-quality team of practitioners focusing exclusively on litigation and dispute resolution. Represents a significant portfolio of public and private companies in mining, securities and commercial disputes. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, pensions and defamation litigation.

Notable practitioners

Irwin Nathanson QC attracts praise for his expertise in dispute resolution, with notable experience advising on complex business disputes. Sources say: "He is a very skilful lawyer, who is very polished. He has a pleasant demeanour, but I'd never underestimate him."  

Randall Hordo QC is "an excellent lawyer" who has an impressive track record of large commercial mandates. His wide-ranging experience includes everything from securities and partnership disputes to administrative law and aviation litigation.

Stephen Schachter QC is a distinguished practitioner who is respected for his work on complex business disputes. Clients say he is "extremely bright and a good communicator."

Murray Clemens QC is well known for his experience in civil litigation, as well as advising on arbitration and mediation. Market sources agree he is "an excellent lawyer and a real gentleman."

Geoffrey Gomery QC has significant experience acting as trial and appellate counsel in complex commercial disputes. One interviewee described him as "very tactically-oriented and thoughtful."

James MacInnis is a "very well-known and respected" litigator who is singled out for his proficiency in business disputes.

Best Lawyers lists seven lawyers at NST as leading practitioners in Vancouver and British Columbia in six separate practice areas.    



Community initiatives

NST is proud to support the Kidsafe Project and the Vancouver Sun's Adopt-a-School program.