Thomas W. Clifford

Associate

Vancouver

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Education & Qualifications

  • British Columbia Bar (2014)
  • JD (Bond, 2012)
  • BBA (Langara, 2009)

Thomas’s primary areas of practice are commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy & insolvency. He has extensive experience and success arguing cases on behalf of individuals and corporations at all levels of court in British Columbia.

Thomas is a member of the growing litigation team in the Vancouver office. As an experienced trial lawyer, he has represented clients in a diverse range of legal fields including commercial, insolvency, wills and estates, defamation, strata disputes, construction and insurance.

Thomas understands client needs and creates a tailored approach to each situation. He believes every step in the litigation process must have a purpose and advance the ultimate goal of the client, while ensuring the client feels informed and confident.

A B.C. provincial champion snowboarder in halfpipe and boardercross, Thomas helped co-found the MLT Aikins outdoor/adventure industry group.

Past Position

  • Associate Lawyer, Drysdale Bacon McStravick LLP (2013-2017)
  • Solid Holdings Ltd. (Bankruptcy) – Acted as co-counsel to Grant Thornton Limited, court-appointed receiver, in a successful application for bankruptcy order against a debtor company with mining operations in British Columbia and abroad. In a unanimous decision released on June 18, 2019, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Solid Holdings Ltd., thereby affirming the law for a single creditor to obtain a bankruptcy order. (Solid Holdings Ltd. v. Grant Thornton Limited, 2019 BCCA 231)
  • Grabhers Last Stand Bison Ranch Ltd. (Receivership) – Acted as co-counsel to a secured creditor in obtaining an order appointing a receiver of the property, assets and undertakings of Grabhers Last Stand Bison Ranch Ltd., which operated a bison farm in northern British Columbia.
  • 611802 B.C. Ltd. (Bankruptcy) – Acted as co-counsel to a creditor in a successful application for bankruptcy order against 611802 B.C. Ltd. in respect of a $1-million debt.
  • Darcy Pahl (Enforcement) – Acted as co-counsel to a foreign judgment creditor regarding the registration and enforcement of a $19-million judgment.
  • Onstar Exploration Ltd. (Bankruptcy) – Acted as co-counsel to a creditor in a successful application for bankruptcy order against Onstar Exploration Ltd. in respect of a $7-million debt.
  • 647497 B.C. Ltd (Bankruptcy) – Acted as co-counsel to a creditor in a successful application for bankruptcy order against 647497 B.C. Ltd. in respect of a $500,000 debt.
  • Border Express Services Ltd. (Enforcement) – Acted as co-counsel to a foreign judgment creditor regarding the registration and enforcement of a US$1.4-million judgment.
  • Acted for individuals in various complex estate matters.
  • Represented corporations and individual shareholders in various disputes, including oppression claims.
  • Successful mediation of claims including, commercial and property disputes.
  • Volunteer, Access Pro Bono
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, St. George’s Old Boys’ Association
  • Volunteer, Force of Nature