Kevin D. Loo

PARTNER
kloo@nst.bc.ca
778.945.1473

Mr. Loo is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has been a partner of NST since 2001.  Mr. Loo has been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada in the field of Corporate Commercial Litigation every year since 2016 and as a Future Litigation Star by Benchmark Canada.

Mr. Loo regularly appears as counsel in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has also appeared in the trial division of the Federal Court and before various administrative tribunals.  He has appeared in disciplinary proceedings as counsel on behalf of the Law Society of British Columbia.

He has successfully represented clients in a wide range of commercial and business disputes such as breaches of contract, class actions, disputes arising from real estate and lease transactions, commercial fraud, professional negligence, claims among partners and shareholders, claims arising from franchise and dealership agreements, and employment and wrongful dismissal. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Loo served as the judicial law clerk to Mr. Justice Gibbs, Mr. Justice Toy and Mr. Justice Hinds of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.   Mr. Loo was called to the Bar of British Columbia in March 1994, and joined NST in September 1994. 

Representative Cases
 

Mr. Loo has acted as lead counsel and co-counsel on a wide range of commercial and business lawsuits and in doing so he has assisted many clients in successfully resolving their disputes both in and out of court, and in commercial arbitrations.  The following is a selection of cases which is representative of his experience: 

Contract disputes

  • in Greater Vancouver Water District v. North American Pipe & Steel, successfully represented the municipal water authority before the Court of Appeal in a contract dispute regarding the supply of defective pipe

  • for McQuay International Inc. negotiated a settlement in a dispute involving the supply of commercial air conditioning systems

  • in a matter involving BC Place stadium, successfully represented BC Pavilion Corporation in negotiating a settlement with insurers and contractors of a claim relating to defects in and damage to the stadium’s roof panels

  • presently acts for a major Canadian construction company in a contractual dispute concerning the installation of a fibre-optic line in the Northwest Territories

  • acted for a joint venture partner, successfully resolving a contractual dispute involving a real estate development in Kelowna

  • provided advice to a municipality leading to the resolution of a contractual dispute with a supplier of defective equipment

Disputes among partners or shareholders - oppression proceedings

  • in Collins v. Scherzer and Westcorp Solutions successfully represented a shareholder of a gas and oil services company in negotiating a settlement with the company’s other shareholder in a dispute regarding the operation of the company.

  • acted for a law firm in defence of a claim by a former partner, who sought remedies for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract

  • acted for former partners of an architectural services firm in defence of claims advanced by and against their former partners

  • acted for former parties to a joint venture to establish a software business

Securities class actions

  • defended a secondary markets class action on behalf of a mining company incorporated in British Columbia

Franchise law

  • acted for Rogers Communications and Fido Solutions in litigation disputes between those companies and owners of wireless dealerships.

  • acts as external litigation counsel for A&W Food Services of Canada in a wide range of matters.

Commercial fraud

  • in The Matter of Wheatland Industrial Park Inc., represents the directors and promoters of a real estate investment joint venture against allegations advanced by other joint venturers

Leasing and other real estate disputes

  • advises and acts for clients in a variety of leasing disputes, recently on behalf of the owners of a language school and the proprietors of a crossfit gym

  • represents numerous clients in litigation matters relating to the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property

  • recently defended a claim on behalf of clients arising from a landslide in North Vancouver

  • acts for the vendor of a residential property in an action concerning the operation of a subject clause

Employment law

  • advises employers and employees, including senior executives and partners, in a broad range of employment matters -- most recently, successfully negotiating exit agreements for a vice president of one of BC’s largest credit unions, a partner in a national accounting firm, and vice presidents in two national investment firms.

Education and credentials

  • Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia, 1989

  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1992

  • Admitted to the British Columbia Bar, 1994

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Gibbs, Mr. Justice Toy and Mr. Justice Hinds of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, 1992-1993

Publications and presentations

  • Instructor - University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law, Allan McEachern Advanced Trial Advocacy course

  • Contributor - The British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook (Continuing Legal Education : 4th ed, 2015; 5th ed, 2018)

  • "The Beginning and the End: Tips for more Effective Opening and Closing Statements at Trial" , Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Civil Litigation Basics, 2015 and 2018

  • "Managing the Discovery Process - Discovery in the Electronic Age", Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Commercial Litigation 2016

  • “The Secondary Markets Class Action: process and terminology”, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, June 2014

  • "Handling and Interviewing Witnesses", (Chapter) Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Commercial Litigation for Legal Support Staff, June 2006.

  • Course materials -- Effectively Using the New Rules for Civil Discovery, Continuing Legal Education, March 2010.

  • "Conducting an Effective Examination for Discovery", Lorman Education Services