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Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2M4

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Litigation Star

Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada

Practice area:

Class action

Stephen R. Schachter, Q.C. is one of the top trial and appellate lawyers in British Columbia. 

Leading legal publications have described Stephen as “not only one of the best litigators in BC, he’s one of Canada’s great trial lawyers, dyed in the wool”. 

He has been described as “a highly analytical, cerebral litigator”, “a terrific, very skilled lawyer”, a “very intelligent and tough litigator”, and as having expertise in “‘poison pill’ litigation arising from hostile takeovers: ‘They do that same high-level work in that area that firms like Wachtell Lipton handle in the States.’” 

Stephen has litigated many of British Columbia’s leading complex business disputes, including recently acting as trial counsel with Irwin Nathanson Q.C. in Concord Pacific Acquisitions v. Hong Leong Oei, a significant case valued at over $350 million, between Concord Pacific and renowned Singapore businessman Oei Hong Leong, and as trial and appellate counsel in Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer DanielsIcahn Partners LP v. Lions Gate, and Telus Corp. v. Mason Capital. Stephen recently acted as co-counsel with NST’s Peter Senkpiel in the recent case of Pirani v. Pirani, succeeding at trial in a dispute involving allegations of breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and knowing assistance arising from the winding up of four discretionary trusts that held significant hotel properties in BC and the United States. In a further hearing, the trial judge also awarded NST’s clients special costs.

Stephen regularly appears in the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appears before the Federal Court of Canada and the B.C. Securities Commission. 


Stephen acts as counsel on a range of matters, with a focus on corporate commercial litigation, including large contractual and property disputes, class actions, hostile take-over bids, derivative actions, pension litigation, professional negligence, and securities matters, including shareholder disputes. He is often retained to work with major international law firms based in Eastern Canada and the United States.  

Last updated March 2020