Claire Hunter, QC is an experienced litigator who appears regularly as counsel at both the trial and appellate level, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before arbitration tribunals and administrative boards. She works on complex commercial matters, including conducting internal investigations and has conducted trials and appeals in high profile matters across a variety of sectors and on behalf of diverse clients ranging from individuals to governments and large corporations. In addition to a general commercial litigation practice, Claire has acted as counsel on a number of significant defamation matters, on class actions relating to competition and consumer protection issues, on the leading Supreme Court of Canada decision in proprietary estoppel, for marketing boards and stakeholders in supply managed agricultural disputes, on matters arising out of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, and on important public law cases at all levels of court.
Claire joined Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver in 2010 after clerking for Justice Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada and five years as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. She has been a member of the New York State bar since 2004 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2010. In 2017 she was named a Lexpert Leading Lawyer Under 40. She is currently ranked as a leading lawyer by Lexpert, Benchmark Canada, Chambers Canada and Legal 500. Claire was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.
Throughout her career, Claire has been a frequent presenter on professional topics including civil procedure and appellate practice issues, access to justice related topics and on the role of women in the profession. She is currently President of the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia and a member of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee of the Law Society of British Columbia. From 2014 – 2017 she was an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association’s provincial counsel for British Columbia. She is also a past president of the Advocates Club, a former chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s national Pro Bono Committee and former director of the Lawyers Inn Society. Claire has received a number of awards for pro bono service including the Allan Parker QC Award from Access Pro Bono in 2013, the Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award from the Canadian Bar Association in 2015, the Ann Wilson and Robert Prichard Award for Community and Professional Service by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 2017 and a Lexpert Zenith Award and the Law Society of British Columbia’s inaugural Pro Bono Award in 2019.
Last updated August 2020