Wendy Baker is a Partner in the Litigation group in the Vancouver office. She practices general commercial litigation, with experience spanning many industries and areas of practice including complex commercial disputes, agriculture, construction law, aboriginal law, and administrative law, and has appeared at all levels of court in BC and federally. In 2009 Wendy was appointed Associate Commission Counsel to the Federal Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (the Cohen Commission).
Wendy is particularly interested in finding creative solutions to complex and challenging problems, and brings a breadth of experience to this task. Examples of some of the areas in which Wendy has focussed her practice are:
- Complex / commercial litigation: Wendy has been involved in a wide range of major commercial disputes, including those involving commercial leases and agreements, real estate transactions, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and actions against governmental authorities. Wendy has also represented clients in professional negligence claims against architects and lawyers.
- Agriculture: Wendy is well versed in the regulations which govern agriculture in Canada, and has acted for many farmers and processors in disputes with regulatory agencies including the BC Hatching Egg Commission, the BC Egg Marketing Board, the BC Chicken Board, the BC Vegetable Commission, the BC Milk Marketing Board, the BC Farm Industry Board, the Chicken Farmers of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Specific issues have included the scope of regulatory powers, competition, food safety, interprovincial and international trade, and commodity price setting in the province. In this respect Wendy has appeared before arbitrators, mediators, the BC Farm Industry Review Board, and the Canadian Farm Products Council, and has been counsel on appeals to the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal from decisions of the lower tribunals. Wendy has also represented the BC Blueberry Council.
- Construction litigation: Wendy has represented owners, developers, contractors and trades in disputes ranging from breach of contract to negligence, and a large portion of her construction work in recent years has centered on large multi-party litigation.
- Aboriginal law: Wendy has been involved in aboriginal rights and title issues, and has represented bands on issues involving reserve lands, business development and business disputes.
- LL.B., University of Victoria, 1992
- B.A. (Hons) English, University of British Columbia, 1987
- Awarded Advocate's Prize for Legal Writing, 1992
- BV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2009
- Listed in 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory of leading lawyers for Aboriginal Law
- Chair, Karen Jamieson Dance Company
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, B.C. Trial Lawyers’ Association
- Aboriginal Rights to Fish & Environmental Law, Pacific Business and Law Institute conference, 2013
- The Role of Public Inquiries in Resolving Public Interest Disputes, UBC Centre for Law and the Environment, 2012
- Negotiation: Top 10 Tips for Women, CBABC forum: "Power Negotiation and Communication Strategies for Women Lawyers", 2012
- Resolution of Construction Disputes, BC CLE course: "Construction Law", 2010
- Self-Help Remedies, BC CLE course: "Construction Law", 2009
- Pre-Negotiation Strategy in Multiparty Litigation, BC CLE course: "Let’s Talk Construction Law", 2008
- Aboriginal Law - Mining, BC CLE course: "Aboriginal Law and Natural Resource Use", 2005
- The Case Against Municipalities - the Post Delta Blues. Where do we go from here?, Pacific Business & Law Insititute seminar: "Pushing the Envelope: The State of Leaky Building Litigation", 2003
- Water Law in BC: An Overview, Insight: "Water Forum", 2001
- Emerging Trends in Toxic Tort Litigation, Canadian Institute conference: "The Changing Face of Environmental Law & Regulation in B.C.", 1996
- Co-authored chapter: "Commercial Real Estate Disputes", D. Owen, ed., British Columbia Business Disputes, looseleaf, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2011
- Consultation and Relationship-Building between First Nations and Business, Aboriginal Law Update, November 2005
- Still Exposed? There are No Easy Ways to Determine When Liability Ends, Canadian Consulting Engineer, 2004
- Applications for Leave to Appeal and other Pre-Appeal Matters, The Verdict, 1994
Key Practice Expertise
Areas of Focus
- Regulated Marketing
- Professional Liability Disputes
Year of Call
- British Columbia Bar, 1993