Guild Yule

British Columbia

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution

Guild Yule occupies, and some would argue dominates, an insurance-focused space in the Vancouver market. “Guild Yule has the insurance industry on lockdown in this market,” confirms a peer. Helmed by senior statesman Don Yule, who “keeps threatening to retire and then continues not doing it,” the firm has seen steady growth as of late, in both its headcount and its headroom. “It’s been a good year for Guild Yule,” assesses a peer. “They have lost nobody and they are growing.” The firm recently took on Lou Zivot, a seasoned veteran in the employment and health practices, from MacMillan as associate counsel. Two former associates are being welcomed into the partnership as of January 2020, both female. There is even talk of a venture into the Kelowna market through a younger partner Shaun Frost. Insurance specialist Julie Lamb is a recent recipient of the prestigious “Queen’s Counsel” honor and is also a bencher as of January 2020. Stephanie Hamilton attends to negligence-related matters in the health care field, defending nurses and various other medical employees. Mark Gyton is actively pursuing maritime law, as well as subrogation coverage work and related product liability matters. Vernon Pahl is another one of the two practitioners in the firm attending to maritime work. Adam Howden-Duke attends to a more varied practice that touches on insurance, medical malpractice and other professional negligence, and product liability. A peer addresses him as “a really smart guy, who, when I saw him on a file, really stood out from the rest, really left an impression.”