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Amy enrolled at law school at the University of Toronto. During the summer
between her second and third year, she did a summer internship in
South Africa, following the 1994 transition from apartheid and enactment of
the post-apartheid constitution in 1995. Amy’s internship was with the Constitutional
Litigation Unit at the Legal Resources Centre, doing test case litigation
under the then-new Bill of Rights. She was invited to stay on and did
so, taking a year off from law school.
Upon graduating from law school, Amy articled at Oslers in Toronto.
Shortly after she started her articles, she organized a bowling event to raise
funds for a women’s crisis centre in Toronto. An associate at Oslers whom
she had recently met offered to help. As it turned out, Matthew Taylor’s
interest was less in bowling and more in spending time with Amy. Amy and
Matthew were married in 2000 at Amy’s parents’ cottage on Shawnigan Lake.
Amy completed her articles at Oslers and was called to the Ontario bar
in 2001. But the West Coast beckoned Amy home. In November 2001, she
and Matthew moved to Vancouver, where she took a position as an associate
at Borden Ladner Gervais, practising corporate and commercial litigation.
She moved to the tax litigation group at the Department of Justice in 2002.
While navigating the surprisingly broad scope of tax law at the Department
of Justice, including files ranging from farm tax and medical write-off disputes
to esoteric tax matters, Amy also had her two daughters, Sophie and
In 2006, Amy arrived at Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers. Legacy would be
her professional home base until her appointment to the bench. At Legacy,
Amy applied her formidable energy and compassion to the challenging
world of trust and estate law. Her practice encompassed ancient principles
and brand new law in the form of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (not
to mention the Family Law Act and Supreme Court Civil Rules) while also
requiring her to navigate highly charged personal dynamics. Amy found a
mentor at Legacy in Jane Dardi, later Madam Justice Dardi of the British
Columbia Supreme Court. Upon Judge Dardi’s appointment to the bench in
2008, Amy became the senior estate and trust litigator at Legacy and
gamely (and ably) took the reins. She threw herself into her clients’ files
with humour and empathy. Amy’s practice record evidences not only the
breadth of her knowledge, but also her ability to navigate the very human
side of legal conflict. Her appointment to the bench continues the seeming
pattern at Legacy of supplying talented estate and trust lawyers to the
British Columbia Supreme Court.
Amy was welcomed as a principal of Legacy in 2010, allowing the firm to
benefit from her talents in new ways, including supervision of a major