Fiona Hunter - Partner
Fiona enjoys assisting clients in avoiding disputes in estates through careful planning with a particular emphasis on living trusts. Where disputes become inevitable, Fiona helps clients reach resolutions through mediation and if necessary, litigation.
Her advice is informed by over 35 years of experience in the practice of law, her passionate interest in the law, and a liberal dose of common sense. She has been qualified as an expert in the area of trust law by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
In 1988, Fiona earned a Masters of Law degree in the area of trusts. She has written extensively about trusts and other estate planning and litigation matters over the years, and has taught other lawyers and law students at professional development courses and at the University of Victoria law school. She contributes to her community by serving on the boards of charitable organizations, including the boards of the University of Victoria Foundation, the Foundation for the University of Victoria, and the Art Gallery of Victoria and its Foundation. She is honoured to be a member of the Advisory Council for Our Place Society.
Since 2008, Fiona has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” publication in the field of Trust and Estates and as the "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 and 2014 in the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area.
Her professional accomplishments include:
- co-author of a reference book for lawyers entitled Drafting Trusts and Wills Trusts in Canada, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, now in its third edition;
- co-editor of and contributor to the general reference book, Financial and Estate Planning for the Mature Client in BC.,Lexis Nexis Butterworths;
- co-editor of and contributor to the legal reference book, British Columbia Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation, The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. contributor to the online resource guide in wills for
- Lexis Nexis Butterworths;
- co-author of a study for the Law Commission of Canada with Dr. Holly Tuokko of the University of Victoria's Centre on Aging, entitled “Using Age as a Fitness to Drive Criterion for Older Adults”;
- past president of the Canadian Bar Association's Wills and Trusts Section, Victoria and the Estate Planning Council of Victoria.
In addition to her legal career, Fiona enjoys golfing and traveling with her spouse Paul, cycling with friends and gardening. She is blessed with two wonderful children who bring her great joy and the occasional cardiac arrest.