Areas of Practice
Bill practises in the area of family law and wills & estates. While best known as a family law litigator in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, he now prefers to work as a mediator of family and estate disputes. His 34 years of experience in litigation are a valuable asset in assisting parties to resolve disputes through mediation.
While Bill continues to accept litigation cases, he no longer accepts contested child custody files. Bill is also an accredited Family Law Arbitrator.
Work History and Education
Bill was called to the Bar in 1984 after serving as a law clerk to Mr. Justice McIntyre at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. He has spent his entire legal career with Cox, Taylor.
Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia (1976) and a law degree from the University of Victoria (1982).
Bill is a member of both the Family and Civil Rosters of Mediate B.C., the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., the American Association of Justice, the International Courts of Justice, the Victoria Mediators’ Lounge as well as the Canadian Bar Association and the Victoria Bar Association.
Bill is a founding member of the Centaurs Soccer Club, past Chair of the Oak Bay Tea Party Society, past board member of the Belfry Theatre Society, past board member of the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society and past member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet of Greater Victoria. His present extracurricular pursuits centre around what personal role he can play in the wake of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report. Bill continues to be the volunteer Master of Ceremonies at the Oak Bay Christmas light-up as he has done for the last 17 years.