Justine Mercer Lawyer
My skills and experience
I am a collaborative family lawyer and trained mediator with extensive experience in all areas of family law. After more than twenty five years of broad family law practice, including litigation, I have come to focus my practice over the last fifteen years or so on collaborative separation and divorce, as well as advice to couples entering into relationships.
I am committed to assisting couples and their children go through the difficult process of separation and divorce in a calm, practical and respectful manner. I believe, based on experience, that this can be achieved, and can best be achieved outside of the court room, working collaboratively.
I also have significant experience working to help couples through the challenging task of negotiating agreements at the outset of their relationship or marriage. I work with couples to achieve this process with practicality and sensitivity.
I am an active member of the collaborative law community in Vancouver and am a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. I have been a board member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver and am a past President and current board member of the B.C. Collaborative Roster Society.
My Education and Professional Credentials:
Bachelor of Arts from London University, England
Bachelor of Laws from UBC graduating 1994
1994 to 2008 lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault in Vancouver
2008 to present Justine Mercer Barrister & Solicitor Collaborative Family Law Practice.
I have authored numerous further legal education materials and acted as faculty or presenter at further education courses and presentations for both lawyers and the public including at or for:
Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.
Vancouver Bar Association
Collaborative Divorce Vancouver
B.C. Collaborative Roster Society
Transitioning Through Divorce seminars
Justice Access Centre staff of B.C. Provincial Courts
Member: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Member: Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver
Law Society of B.C. - Member in good standing
Certified Family Law Mediator