Kathryn S. Sainty

Kathryn S. Sainty, Q.C., MCIArb

Lawyer

Law office of Sainty Law

New Westminster BC CA

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, Mediation, Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP)

Practice Areas : Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Estate Law, Estate Litigation, Family Law, General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury Law, Professional Fee Disputes, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Law

Professional Experience

  • Kathryn was called to the Bar of British Colombia in 1986 following which she practiced in a variety of firms in the Vancouver area.
  • While in private practice, Kathryn gained experience in a wide variety of areas including family, corporate/ commercial, real estate, entertainment and securities law.
  • In 1997 Kathryn left private practice to become Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2001, she was appointed a district registrar of the Court at New Westminster and in 2010 she became the Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
  • Kathryn has a long-standing interest in consensual dispute resolution. She obtained her mediation training at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation) in 2012 and through the American Arbitration Association University in 2013. Kathryn is an accredited “family dispute resolution professional” (mediator and arbitrator) by the Law Society of British Columbia and a member of the Mediate BC Civil Roster.
  • Kathryn is an experienced adjudicator (former Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia). She is a member of the domestic and mediation panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Centre and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Kathryn retired from the Supreme Court in June 2014 and returned to private practice where she now works full time as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide range of areas including business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, wills and estates litigation, family law matters, and wrongful dismissal and employment disputes. Kathryn also provides litigation consulting services to lawyers in areas in which she has a particular expertise such as family law, Legal Profession Act matters, and the areas of bankruptcy, costs and wills and estates.
  • Kathryn is a much sought after presenter. She has spoken to groups on many occasions on the subjects of costs, review of lawyer’s bills, bankruptcy, family law, law practice management and client relations. Kathryn has been praised for her “direct yet approachable demeanor”; others have remarked on the excellent quality of her “practical and useful tips and information” and “very concise and thorough” presentations. She brings those skills to her arbitration, mediation, and litigation consulting practice.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • CIArb – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Member
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre – Panelist – Domestic and Mediation
  • Mediate BC Civil Roster
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Mediator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Arbitrator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Essential Skills for the New Mediator – American Arbitration Association University (December 2013)
  • Domestic Violence Screening Training (June 2013)
  • Mediating Disputes – Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation (June 2012)
  • Arbitration Training Institute – American Bar Association (February 2011)
Professional and Other Activities

Kathryn Sainty is an experienced lawyer specializing in arbitration, mediation and litigation consulting. She has a broad mix of skills and background from private practice in family, corporate/commercial, real estate entertainment and securities law and 14 years experience as a registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia presiding over hearings dealing with a wide range of subject matters.

Kathryn has a passion for consensual dispute resolution (CDR), for learning and training others. Kathryn strives to continually learn and to assist others in their own professional growth.

Kathryn has recently published (with Christopher Hope) a book on costs and disbursements and has contributed to several Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia publications.

Kathryn believes in giving back to her community. She is a member of several professional organisations and has been and is a director of a number of non-profit organisations. She is recognised by her peers as an effective presenter and is often called upon to speak to groups, including on the areas of professional ethics and responsibilities.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, JD (1985)
University of Toronto, Trinity College, BA (Economics) (1981)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (1977), Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Victoria, BC