servicing our clients where they Work

Johns Southward & Co. has been providing quality comprehensive legal services to the people and businesses of Victoria and 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.

experienced advice in multiple disciplines

Business Law

  • Contract law
  • Construction law and corporate finance and securities
  • Corporate law
  • Employment agreements
  • Finance and lending
  • Franchising
  • Incorporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Purchase and sale of businesses
  • Shareholders' agreements

Personal Injury

  • Car accidents/ICBC claims
  • Occupiers liability
  • Professional liability
  • Product liability
  • Sexual assault
  • Slip and fall claims

Family Law

  • Child support
  • Cohabitation and marriage agreements
  • Custody, guardianship and parenting arrangements
  • Division of property and debt
  • Divorce
  • Protection orders
  • Restraining orders
  • Separation agreements
  • Spousal support
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Administrative, municipal and regulatory law
  • Appellate advocacy
  • Collections
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Defamation and media litigation
  • Employment litigation, including human rights claims and wrongful dismissal actions
  • Environmental litigation
  • Estate, trust and Wills Variation Act litigation
  • Immigration applications for work and study permits, citizenship, or permanent residency
  • Insurance litigation
  • Labour law
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Pension and benefit disputes
  • Personal injury claims
  • Privacy and freedom of information
  • Professional liability claims
  • Real estate litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Strata litigation, disputes and collection
  • Tax litigation
  • WorkSafeBC claims and appeals
Real Estate Law

  • Bylaw and zoning law
  • Commercial real estate
  • Commercial and residential leases
  • Construction law
  • Expropriation law
  • Foreclosures
  • Property development and subdivision
  • Real estate litigation
  • Residential real estate purchase and sale
  • Residential tenancy disputes
  • Strata property law including development, disputes and collections
  • Subdivision

Wills Estates & Wealth Management

  • Business succession planning
  • Committeeship applications
  • Estate administration
  • Estate planning and wealth management
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Planning for charities and societies
  • Powers of attorney
  • Representation agreements and living wills
  • Trusts
  • Wills

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
200 - 754 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 2X3

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news & community

Serving our clients, where they live, work or play

David W. Johns – In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of one of our partners, David Johns, who passed away on March 24, 2013 after a short illness. David had...

The importance of planning for ...

While most people know that they should have a will, many people don’t think of planning for their incapacity. With people living longer, it is likely that an increasing number...

Marriage and cohabitation: Property ...

When you are involved in a serious relationship with another person, the following questions will often arise: What are my rights and obligations in regard to division of property if...

Amendments made to B.C.’s Strata ...

Recent amendments to the Strata Property Act require all Strata Corporations in B.C. to either obtain a “Depreciation Report” or pass a resolution formally opting out of doing so by...

Seller Beware: Rules changed for ...

The legal landscape for anyone involved in the supply chain of consumer products was fundamentally altered on June 20, 2011. That was the day the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act...

William R. Southward Retires

After 38 years of practice, Bill Southward retired on December 31, 2011. Bill was a founding partner of Johns Southward Glazier Walton and Margetts. Pam, Bill’s long time assistant and valued member of...