Lawyers

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson
Leaders in Local Government Law and Labour Relations

Elizabeth's Biography

Elizabeth’s practice includes advising and representing local government clients in litigation regarding compliance with development permits and land use regulations, building bylaw and Code infractions, defense of bylaws on judicial review, and prosecution of bylaw offences. She has significant recent experience in obtaining both interlocutory and permanent injunctive relief, including the successful achievement of orders for the closure of unlawful retail marihuana operations in multiple jurisdictions. She is counsel of record for a municipality on a Charter challenge to the constitutionality of its bylaws and the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, expected to be heard later this year. She also advises local governments regarding legislative changes in advance of the legalization of cannabis, to ensure municipal ability to regulate effectively under the new scheme.

Outside of the courtroom, she has experience in municipal labour and employment matters including labour arbitrations, BC Human Rights tribunal proceedings, and WorkSafeBC reviews. She also advises clients regarding remedial action requirements, bylaw preparation, procedural issues, and RFP and contract development. She has appeared in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the Federal Court of Canada, and has previously worked on complex matters of overlapping federal, provincial and local governmental jurisdiction, including aboriginal law matters.

Elizabeth was called to the Bar of British Columbia in June 2011. She achieved her LL.B. from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2010, after obtaining her BA (Honors) in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. She summered, articled and practiced with a large Vancouver law firm before joining Young Anderson in the fall of 2013. While at the University of Victoria, Elizabeth was a research assistant to the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society and was awarded the David W. Roberts Prize in Legal Writing for her graduate paper, later published in Appeal Law Journal.

She regularly speaks at and authors papers for conferences, including the Licensing and Bylaw Officers’ Association, Government Finance Officers’ Association, BC Parks and Recreation Association, and Lower Mainland Local Government Association.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Anderson

Young Anderson
Barristers and Solicitors
1616-808 Nelson Street
Box 12147 – Nelson Square
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2

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