Mark Horne, Q.C. - Partner
Mark Horne Q.C. has practised in Victoria since 1979, principally in the Wills, Estates, Trusts and Charities area within the firm and is the senior member of the firm's Inheritance and Incapacity Planning Group comprised of six solicitors and six paralegals.
From 1958 to 2002 Mr. Horne and the firm have provided estate administration services to the Government of British Columbia as Official Administrator for the County of Victoria and to the Public Guardian and Trustee as Deputy Official Administrator for the Vancouver Island Region.
Mark is a Victoria native who graduated from Oak Bay High School in 1965 and took his first degree in English (cum laude) at the University of Victoria in 1970. After receiving a diploma in Secondary Education in 1972 from UVIC, he taught for three years in the Sooke School District before entering UVIC Law School on a President's Scholarship in 1975.
After a decade in private practice, Mark received the first Fellowship in Equity, Trusts & Fiduciary Relationships and returned to UVIC Law School where he worked and studied with Professor Donovan Waters.
Mark has written and taught for the Continuing Legal Education Society and Professional Legal Training Programme and taught the Succession course at the University of Victoria Law School for many years. In 1992, he was elected a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Council and in 1994, as an academician in the International Academy of Estates and Trust Law reflecting his experience in cross border and international estate planning. He is a Past President of the Victoria Estate Planning Council and a Past President of the Victoria Wills and Trusts Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2009 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
Both personally and through the law firm, Mark is an active supporter of the arts and the environment. The firm is a proud member of the 1% For The Planet initiative, contributing 1% of its gross revenues to environmental sustainability, principally on Vancouver Island. The firm became the first Canadian law firm to join the 1% through which the firm supports the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Watershed Watch and many local organizations committed to the sustainability principle. Mark has served as a director of the Pacific Opera Foundation, Sierra Club of BC Foundation, a Member of the Advisory Board to the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria, and an Honorary Governor of the Victoria Foundation. In 1998 he was inducted into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller.
For recreation he will often be found in the in the gloaming braving the elements at the Victoria Golf Club in a Sisyphean quest to master the game of golf.