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124 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE When local lawyers speak of Brian they consistently comment on how helpful he is to others. In his career as a lawyer he went above and beyond to assist. He allowed new articled students to shadow him as duty counsel, he referred clients to new lawyers, and he was always available to answer questions about ethical issues, practice management and points of law. Brian can fairly be described as a tremendous mentor to everyone, even the “old guys” who would phone Brian when they did not know anything about the law on a particular subject. You could trust Brian with his promise to remain silent about any issue and your “defences”. Discretion is a great attribute in a judge, and Brian has it—as well as other key judicial traits, returned to below—in spades. Brian and his wife, Ruth, have one daughter, Amanda, who graduated last year from Sheffield University, at Hallam in the United Kingdom, having received her medical degree in cancer research. Anyone who knows Brian at all can attest to the fact that his wife and daughter are the loves of his life and his focus outside of law. They are his heroes. Brian and his family spend most of their holiday time in Palm Springs where his parents own property and one can golf year round. Brian is a very competitive golfer and very few rounds are “just for fun”. Do not go golfing with him to relax. Notwithstanding his competitive edge he has a fantastic sense of humour, is patient, can laugh at himself, listens well and has a keen sense of compassion and empathy. These are excellent attributes for a judge. Note that he is, however, very quick to shut down “whiners” whether they are lawyers, witnesses or the accused. Not only was Brian’s appointment greeted with encouragement and delight by his family—Brian’s installation was attended by nine family members including Brian’s mother, father, wife, daughter, brother, sister and all of his extended family—but it was also greeted with universal applause in the Mid Island, particularly so since he is destined to sit most of his time in Nanaimo. As anyone who practises law knows, particularly when it comes to trial work, the sheriffs, court clerks, courthouse staff, lawyers and judges are all co-workers. We all have different functions, which at times grate against each other. However, Brian will be a fantastic co-worker. He is a great appointment for all! Win or lose, no counsel will be unhappy with him as the judge. t t t t t


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