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 12th edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (2018) lists seven lawyers at NST as leading practitioners in Vancouver and British Columbia in six separate practice areas.    

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 civil and commercial litigation. Represents a significant portfolio of public and private companies in mining claims, contract disputes, shareholder and securities litigation. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence and class actions.

Strengths Market observers report that this "excellent firm" is a "force to be reckoned with" and a "top player in the market."

Work highlights Represented Hong Kong Expo Holdings and Canadian Metropolitan Properties in a contractual dispute relating to the development of a waterfront site in Vancouver.

Defended Great Basin Gold's former directors against a negligence and misrepresentation claim.

Significant clients Google, Rogers Communications, Teck Resources.

Notable practitioners

Irwin Nathanson QC is a distinguished litigator with an "impeccable reputation" in the BC market. He is noted for his extensive experience of corporate commercial disputes and offers additional expertise in securities litigation and professional negligence matters.

Commentators view Stephen Schachter QC as a "leading" figure in the market and describe him as "very good counsel." The core of his litigation practice focuses on business matters, including shareholder disputes, hostile takeovers and professional liability, as well as class actions.

Geoffrey Gomery QC is widely recognised as a "very bright" litigator and has significant experience of complex business disputes, including securities, hostile take-over bids and professional discipline matters.

Randall Hordo QC has well-established experience acting as a litigator in the commercial field. He handles a range of matters in the commercial litigation space, including securities and partnership disputes, professional negligence and product liability.

James MacInnis handles a wide variety of matters, including contractual disputes, professional negligence claims and securities litigation. He also has notable capabilities in the construction, insurance and franchising sectors. Sources state: "He is meticulous, he is intelligent and does things in a timely way."



Community initiatives

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