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Neil Chantler

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Neil Chantler is a lawyer with a wide range of experience in complex civil disputes. He has acted for businesses, non-profit organizations, First Nations, unions, strata corporations and individuals in a variety of matters before all levels of court in BC. Neil founded Chantler & Company in 2014.

Neil’s experience includes commercial and business disputes, contract and tort litigation, injunctions, civil forfeiture, administrative law, and professional negligence, among other areas of practice. He has successfully resolved claims for wrongful dismissal, personal injury, unlawful arrest, defamation, and breach of privacy, including claims against every level of government. He has a particular interest in cases engaging Charter issues, civil liberties, and police misconduct.

Neil has been counsel in several Coroner’s inquests, including inquests into the fentanyl overdoes crisis, a death in CBSA custody, and police use of force. Neil has been counsel in two provincial public inquiries: the Davies Commission of Inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, and the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

From 2010 to 2014 Neil worked with A. Cameron Ward & Company, a progressive litigation firm that handled many important and high-profile cases. Neil's earlier experience includes union-side labour law at a boutique firm and a general litigation practice at a leading regional firm.

Neil is actively engaged in his local community. He was the elected president of two strata councils, the class chair of his alma mater, and the captain of his soccer team. He has volunteered with several community organizations on social justice and civil liberties issues. In 2017, Neil was the recipient of Pivot Legal Society’s annual Access to Justice Award.

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Louisa Chantler

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Louisa is a lawyer with a practice focusing exclusively on family law. Louisa has experience in all areas of family law including negotiating settlements and providing representation before all levels of court, including the British Columbia Provincial and Supreme courts and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Louisa recognizes that most clients are experiencing a challenging and stressful time in their lives and works hard to assist clients dealing with the breakdown of their relationships by focusing on the non-adversarial resolution of family law issues. Louisa attempts to negotiate or mediate a successful resolution for her clients whenever possible.

Louisa graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and was briefly a violinist in the Vancouver Philharmonic orchestra. Louisa also spent a year at the University of Glasgow and the Université de Grenoble studying French language and literature.

In 2006, Louisa obtained her Law degree from the University of Calgary and articled with the Alberta Civil Liberties Association in Calgary before returning to Vancouver to complete her articles with a boutique family law firm. Louisa was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007 and practiced in the areas of family, commercial litigation and employment law before joining Pietrow Law Group in 2010 to focus solely on the practice of family law. In 2018, Louisa opened the North Vancouver office of Chantler & Company.

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Publications:

  • Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre Centrepiece, Female Musicians and Discrimination. Vol. 12, No. 1 2006

  • Rights? Your Rights under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Department of Justice Canada, 2006

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Alana McMullen

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Alana joined Chantler & Company as a Paralegal in 2015. She has a broad range of experience in complex civil litigation matters, including corporate, administrative, employment, environmental and personal injury law matters. Alana provides a supportive role in all aspects of the firm's practice, and assists with preparation of litigation materials, document production and review, and communication with clients and counsel. 

Prior to joining Chantler & Company, Alana attended the Paralegal Diploma Program at Capilano University, where she finished on the Dean's list with distinction. Alana also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, where her focus was Philosophy and English. Previously, Alana worked in a variety of industries offering services to the public, and volunteered with several non-profit organizations. 

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