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Katherine Reilly practises complex commercial litigation with the objective of helping clients avoid or resolve disputes that distract them from the important task of running their businesses. When litigation is the only option, she advances their interests inside the courtroom, or using mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Katherine is known for her practical, results-oriented approach as well as her attention to detail and keen negotiation skills.

Experienced in a range of multifaceted corporate and commercial disputes, Katherine has a special interest in matters related to gaming, construction law, land disputes, franchising and distribution, and cross-border issues.

Katherine is an experienced trial lawyer who has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. Representing both management and dissident shareholders in high profile proxy contests, she has also acted as trial counsel in a dispute relating to commercial sponsorship, which involved a major office products supplier and a sports franchise. Katherine also successfully defended the interests of a gaming company in connection with novel regulatory and public law issues.



Representative Matters

Katherine represents clients in a variety of interests and matters, including:

  • Acting on behalf of both management and dissident shareholders in high profile proxy contests
  • Acting in a significantly complex and high value construction arbitration
  • Trial counsel to a gaming company concerning whether a novel duty of care is owed to problem gamblers
  • Trial counsel to a major office products supplier in connection with a dispute with a local sports franchise concerning commercial sponsorship issues
  • Counsel in numerous complex contract, tort and regulatory claims in a commercial context
  • Counsel on cross-border and jurisdiction related matters, acting for corporations and individuals who have been sued in British Columbia
  • Counsel to corporations and individuals concerning disputes involving directors and shareholders
  • Counsel to companies involved in real property disputes concerning the purchase and sale of land, including advising on matters related to complex and lengthy litigation proceedings and specific performance claims over significant parcels of land in downtown Vancouver
  • Counsel to publicly listed companies involved in securities related litigation
  • Counsel on franchise disputes concerning breaches of franchise agreements and enforceability of restrictive covenants
  • Counsel on products liability matters, including acting for a major eye-care products company and major appliance manufacturers
  • Counsel to executives and corporations involved in disputes concerning executive remuneration and termination of employment


Directorships & Affiliations

  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the CBA Civil Litigation subsection and the CBA Wills and Trusts subsection

Education & Admissions

2007
Called to the British Columbia bar
2006
LLB Dalhousie University
2002
BA, English Literature (First Class Honours) University of British Columbia

Publications

Insights by Katherine Reilly (8 Posts)

SCC Confirms a “Deal is a Deal”: Party Not Allowed to Re-Negotiate a Contract Because it No Longer Liked the Terms

Nov 26, 2018

In Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp v Hydro-Québec, the SCC upheld the terms of a nearly 50 year old contract and confirmed the adage, "a deal is a deal."

Practicing Safe Text: Drafting Tips from the Stormy Daniels NDA

Mar 22, 2018

Stormy Daniels launches complaint asking a California court to find the NDA invalid and confirm she was free to speak publicly about an alleged 2006 sexual affair with Mr. Trump

Observations from the Eco Oro Proxy Contest

Feb 10, 2018

Today marks the first anniversary of the start of what was likely the most acrimonious proxy fight in Canada in 2017.

SCC Confirms Directors Can Be Personally Liable in Cases of Oppression

Jul 18, 2017

SCC Confirms Directors Can Be Personally Liable in Cases of Oppression

Privilege wins out over Document Production Requests, Orders and FOI Legislation – SCC Confirms Status of Solicitor-Client Privilege and Litigation Privilege

Nov 30, 2016

Privilege wins out over Document Production Requests, Orders and FOI Legislation - SCC Confirms Status of Solicitor-Client Privilege and Litigation Privilege

New SCC Decision on Oppression Remedy is Instructive for Closely-Held Private Companies

Nov 25, 2016

New SCC Decision on Oppression Remedy is Instructive for Closely-Held Private Companies

Demystifying the Federal Government’s Assisted Dying Legislation and the New Lawsuit Challenging its Constitutional Validity

Oct 26, 2016

Demystifying the Federal Government's Assisted Dying Legislation and the New Lawsuit Challenging its Constitutional Validity

June 1, 2015 Marks an Important Date for British Columbia’s “New” Limitation Act

Jun 3, 2015

This new act brought a number of changes to the default limitation regime in the BC, including shorter limitation periods and new discoverability requirements.