R. Barry Fraser
With a reputation built on over thirty-five years' experience, Barry has distinguished himself as one of Vancouver’s leading litigators for the resolution of commercial disputes. Barry's practice includes disputes concerning real estate claims, professional negligence, breach of contract, corporate governance, shareholder oppression, fraud, trusts, insolvency and restructuring, receivership and intellectual property.
Barry is renowned for his deep understanding of business and industry and his ability to rapidly analyze complex disputes and provide commercially-minded practical advice. With experience as both a lawyer and a director of public companies, Barry understands his clients’ business interests, and knows how to resolve challenging and sensitive disputes, while minimizing disruption and risk to operations and threats to reputation.
Barry has extensive experience representing clients before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, and administrative tribunals. When litigation is pursued, he is known for vigorously, effectively and efficiently representing his clients’ interests. Barry also had deep experience with arbitrations, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Clients commend Barry for being hardworking, passionate about the practice of law, insightful and delivering results. Prior to founding Fraser Litigation Group as managing partner, Barry was the Chair of the Business Litigation Group at a major Vancouver firm.
Barry is currently a director of Eight Solutions Inc., a public company engaged in the development of visual analytics software and data transfer technology.
Representing an international roofing manufacturer in respect of claims for accounting negligence and accounting fraud.
Defending claims of constructive trust and unjust enrichment arising from a complex, multi-generational family businesses.
Representing sellers and buyers in complex real estate disputes, including representing a seller before the Court of Appeal in a case that established the test for discharge of a Certificate of Pending Litigation.
Representing shareholders and directors in shareholder oppression and corporate governance disputes.
Representing an employers and employees in cases concerning claims of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful use of confidential information.
Defending a national manufacturer of wood coatings against class action suits alleging that the coatings were defective and negligently manufactured.
Representing a committee on an appeal to the B.C. Court of Appeal which established the modern standard of conduct for committees.
Representing a national broadcaster in the Federal Court Trial Division and Federal Court of Appeal on a novel trade-mark case involving the use of an internet domain name which embodied a registered trade-mark.
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Terminal City Club
Vancouver Rowing Club
B.C. Chamber of Commerce