Our Firm

JSGW&M has been providing quality comprehensive legal services to the people and businesses of Southern Vancouver Island for close to 30 years. Wherever you live, work or play – we’re there, too, and our quality lawyers and staff can help guide you through any issue that arises, whether it is in a boardroom or a courtroom.
Every Legal Issue. One Legal Source. We use a multi-faceted approach individually crafted to our clients’ circumstances. The Partners and Associates have expertise in varied areas of the law to better serve our clients.
We draw upon this full spectrum of expertise and use a wide range of strategies and tactics including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation towards cost effective and timely problem prevention and resolution.

Our Lawyers

In an effort to better serve the communities throughout Southern Vancouver Island, Johns Southward opened full-service offices in both Duncan and the Western Communities. In each of our three offices, you will find lawyers experienced in litigation, as well as lawyers experienced in solicitor work.
Our lawyers and staff often work collaboratively together in order to ensure the best possible service is provided, where and when you need it.

Practice Areas

Business Law

  • Incorporation of Companies
  • Organizing Other Business Entities
  • Buying and Selling Businesses
  • General Contract Matters
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Agreements
  • Corporate Finance and Securities

Personal Injury

  • Car Accidents and ICBC Claims
  • Slip and Fall Claims
  • Insurance Law
  • Workplace Injuries and WCB Claims
  • Occupational Health and Safety Issues
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Sexual Assault
Litigation & Disputes

  • Administrative and Municipal Law
  • Construction and Builders Lien Disputes
  • Employment and Labour Litigation
  • Estates, Trusts and Wills Variation Claims
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Professional Liability Claims
  • Tax Litigation

Family Law

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Child Custody and Child Support
  • Spousal Support and Property Division
  • Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Child Protection Orders
  • Restraining Orders
Real Estate Law

  • Buying and Selling Your Home
  • Mortgages and Real Estate Financing
  • Strata Property Issues
  • Real Estate Development and Marketing
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Foreclosures

Wills & Estate Planning

  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation
  • Representation Agreements, Living Wills
  • Estate Administrations
  • Advising Trustees and Executors
  • Succession Planning for Family Business
  • Planning for Charities and Societies

Contact Us

Victoria Office

Phone: 250.381.7321 | Fax: 250.381.1181
204-655 Tyee Road, Victoria, BC V9A 6X5

Duncan Office

Phone: 250.746.8779 | Fax: 250.746.8780
151 Fourth Street, Duncan, BC V9L 5J8

Westshore Office

(by appointment only)

Phone: 250.381.7321 | Fax: 250.381.1181
[COMING SOON:  October, 2015]


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