Robert Sewell


Robert Sewell

Robert Sewell, KC

Law office of Cornish Margolis Boyd, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Accounting, Commercial Lease, Construction, Consumer, Corporate Commercial, Defamation, Employment, Financial Services, Franchise, Government, Indigenous, Insurance and Reinsurance, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Personal Injury, Securities, Wills and Estates

Professional Experience

Robert began his career as a litigation lawyer in Vancouver in 1972. Throughout his 38 year career as counsel, Robert concentrated on commercial litigation involving complex cases. While in practice he developed a reputation as a lawyer’s lawyer with a broad knowledge of the law and an ability to identify the critical issues in each case. He was frequently consulted by lawyers in his own and other firms on difficult cases.

He was also recognized as being fair minded and constructive in his dealings with clients and opposing counsel. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

In January 2009 Robert was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia where he remained until his retirement in 2021. As a judge Robert presided over a large number of complex and lengthy trials involving commercial matters and had a reputation as a careful and respectful listener with the ability to identify and decide complex factual and legal issues. His judgments have been widely recognized as clearly written and soundly reasoned.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

While in practice Robert specialized in commercial civil litigation and was counsel on a large number of complex and lengthy civil trials.  He argued more than 30 appeals before the British Columbia Court of Appeal.  Before his appointment to the Court Robert was recognized as one of the leading members of the commercial and real estate litigation bar in British Columbia.

As a judge Robert presided over numerous trials in the commercial, corporate and civil law areas, including a complex multiparty 100 day trial involving breach of contract, issues relating to joint venture agreements, breach of fiduciary duty and bankruptcy issues.

Robert has also successfully completed the Pepperdine University Course on Mediating the Litigated Case.

Professional and Other Activities

Member ADRBC

Mentor Access Pro Bono

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts University of British Columbia 1968

LLB University of British Columbia 1971