MacLean Law wins Best Family Law Firm in Vancouver, 2018

Top Choice Award Winner, MacLean Law 2018





MacLean Law recognized as employee recommended workplace for 2018
Globe and Mail Employee Recommended Workplace




MacLean Law wins Best Family Law Firm in Vancouver, 2017

2017 Top Choice Award Winner




Canadian Lawyer: Audra Bayer comments on divorce and “Grappling with Social Media”



It’s a busy week at MacLean Law as the staff are gearing up to give back to several community charities. We all know that giving back makes for joyful encounters with people you may not otherwise interact with.
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Lorne MacLean, QC - MacLean Law Family LawyersThis past December, BC Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced the names of 39 lawyers who had been named as Queen’s Counsel (QC). This is an honorary title that is bestowed upon members of BC’s legal profession who have demonstrated excellence, integrity and strength of character, and they are an exclusive group – only a maximum of 7% of practicing lawyers in BC can carry the designation. Our own Lorne MacLean was also a very proud recipient of the QC distinction (in 2011), so he understands what a significant occasion it is for this newest crop of QC’s. He heartily congratulates the 2015 recipients, and quotes Mario Andretti “Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Certainly this group exemplifies commitment to excellence. While they are all exceptional and successful lawyers, their contributions to the legal community and the community at large are diverse and substantial. A few examples:

  • William Macleod laid the foundation for what is widely considered the best lawyers’ insurance fund in North America.
  • Nancy Brown served as a long-time director and chair of the Greater Victoria Police Victim Services Society where she championed innovations to support services and greater awareness among underserved populations such as the elderly and First Nations.
  • Jalaludin Jaffer was named honorary secretary of the first Shia Imami Ismaili National Council for Canada.
  • Joyce Lee created a diverse, inclusive and flexible work environment during her time as managing partner at Deloitte Tax Law LLP, and volunteers with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
  • Jeffery Campbell supervises the UBC Innocence Project, which investigates claims of wrongful convictions.

Naming members of the bar as Queen’s Counsel is a time honoured tradition that began in England in the 1500’s (Queen Elizabeth I named Sir Francis Bacon as her Queen’s Counsel Extraordinaire), and it is still practiced in the U.K. as well as across Commonwealth countries. In BC, lawyers with the QC designation can often be seen wearing black silk robes in court. It is an old tribute for a modern and dynamic group of contributors to the law – congratulations again from MacLean Law to all of 2015’s Queen’s Counsel appointees!

Resources: For all of the well-deserving recipients visit: 2015 Queen’s counsel appointees



Lorne MacLean on Grey DivorceLorne MacLean, Q.C of MacLean Law recently chaired the Pacific Business & Law Institute (PBLI) program on Family Law: Grey Divorce. The Grey Divorce program provided attendees with a view of family law that accounts for the unique challenges and issues raised by an aging client. Topics included:

  • Retirement plans
  • Division of property and debt under the Family Law Act
  • Excluded property
  • Estate freeze and alter-ego trusts
  • Preservation of interests: marriage agreement, CPL, restraining order, and appointment of receiver
  • Appointment of financial expert and document disclosure
  • Valuation of different types of shares
  • Dividing business – distributive taxes and corporate reorganizations

PBLI’s mission is to create educational events that transfer knowledge to new audiences, inspiring and uniting them in shared understanding. MacLean Law is one of Canada’s foremost legal advisors in complex family law, spousal support, wealth and asset protection, child support and custody.


Audra Bayer, MacLean Law, Kelowna, Late Divorce and SeparationAudra Bayer, Family Lawyer, receives 2015 Client Distinction Award

Audra Bayer receives the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award for responsive delivery of outstanding client services. Audra’s principles in her family law practice are education, guidance and empowerment. This award is a testament to her philosophy.

Martindale-Hubbell is the premier lawyer rating service in the country. Martindale-Hubbell gives the Client Distinction Award to those lawyers whose clients give the lawyer a 4.5 average rating (out of 5.0) in the following areas: communications, responsiveness, quality of service and value. This is the second year that Audra has received this prestigious award. Less than 1% of the 90,000 lawyers listed with Martindale-Hubbell receive the Client Distinction Award.

Canadian Bar Association, BC Family Section, Okanagan

Audra Bayer Distinction AwardAudra will once again chair the Family section of the CBABC Okanagan Family Section and will be the co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section. Chairs have the primary responsibility to oversee the section and to delegate responsibilities to executive members and section volunteers. Each section serves as an important part of the CBA and its role in providing advocacy, professional education and the advancing of important issues for the profession and our communities including access to justice issues.

Audra practices family law with MacLean Law and is a collaborative practitioner, mediator and arbitrator. For more information on Audra please visit her full bio and day-in-the-life profile.


Lorne MacLean wins two helm awardsAt the 10th Anniversary Legal Marketing Association Dinner & HELM Awards, MacLean Law took home two awards for excellence in legal marketing in the categories of identity and digital marketing. Over the past two years, MacLean Law has embarked on a very focused brand strategy that showcases the firm’s talent – led by Lorne MacLean, Q.C. The entire strategy was born from Lorne’s philosophy of people over paper.

MacLean Law is proud to be a double winner and we want to thank Priscilla Martindale, President LMA-BC and her entire LMA team for the hard work they do to promote a community of marketing professionals.

This success would not be possible without the assistance of some very talented people in Vancouver. For more information on the process and the team behind MacLean Law, please visit

Congratulations to all the nominees & winners from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, MacMillan, Boughton Law, Gowling, Lafluer Beaudin and Stikeman Elliot.


Dress for Success Vancouver and MacLean LawOne of our favourite organizations in our community is Dress for Success, Vancouver (DFSV). They are an amazing organization that helps woman of all ages. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. More importantly, DFSV is there every step of the way.

The programs focus on helping woman to remain employed and to nurture professional and personal growth. In turn, it enables woman to support their families in more ways than just a more stable financial future.

MacLean Law Sponsors Dress for Success

Members of MacLean Law enjoy working together to support our communities where we work by donating time, money and sponsorships to many worthy causes. This year we are pleased to support Dress for Success Impact 360. This year’s theme is close to our heart – celebrating families. We know all too well how a contentious divorce can be disruptive to families and especially children. We support all of Dress for Success families and hopefully our small contribution can help them move forward to better and successful futures.

“We are thrilled to highlight fashion and family at IMPACT 360. Having these courageous women walk the catwalk, supported by their families is the perfect salute to their stories of transformation,” says DFSV Executive Director Jennifer Halinda. “DFSV not only empowers women, but their families and what better way to celebrate such impactful change by highlighting these relationships on the runway.”

This signature fundraising event on June 4th, held at the beautiful Regency Lexus dealership welcomes over 300 of Vancouver’s most influential business and community supporters. Join Lorne and Linda MacLean for a fabulous evening of giving and meet the women who inspire others with their stories of success. Tickets are available online.

Join the fun and make and impact.
Dress for Success Impact 360 2014 Photos


MacLean Law Sponsors Lunch service for Union Gospel Mission on Feb 20, 2015. Feeding Hope. Changing Lives.


MacLean Law in Fort St. John, BC will not charge for the notarization of builder’s statutory declarations required for progress draws or at progress completion.


Port Mann Ice Bomb Personal Injury Lawyer Medved Files Injury Lawsuit
Veronica Medved, MacLean Law’s head ICBC claim and personal injury lawyer, was interviewed by the print, radio, and television media after her client’s vehicle was struck and its roof crushed during the infamous “Ice Bomb” incident on the Port Mann Bridge.

Read about major transactions, cases and matters, as well as media commentary from our lawyers related to family law, divorce, child guardianship, child and spousal support and property and debt resolution in British Columbia.

Top Choice Awards
MacLean Law is voted Top Family Law Firm in the city of Vancouver for 2014.

Scrivener Magazine Cover Story
“A Passion for Humanity” by Audra Bayer

The Lawyers Weekly

An investment advisor’s book of business is a family asset available for division upon the breakdown of a marriage, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled in a recent 2-1 decision. Read the article: BC court counts biz book as family asset


Lorne Maclean on Frozen Embryos

The Vancouver Sun

Who owns frozen embryos? The fate of four is at stake in this divorce battle. Lorne MacLean is part of a legal case that will have precedent-setting implications. Read the Vancouver Sun’s blog post at or Download Article.

Supreme Court of Canada Leading Cases


Mr. MacLean, Q.C. had the rare honour of making a second appearance before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 18, 2005 in Leskun v. Leskun; the highly controversial spousal support case that set the law on spousal support and misconduct, on how capital relates to the payment of spousal support, on what a review order for spousal support is and on what the duty of a spouse to be self-sufficient should be. Both of these cases are leading precedents across Canada governing the issues of custody guardianship and access and spousal support, property division, family debts and costs awards


Maclean Law – the winning counsel in Young v. Young – which Lorne MacLean Q.C. argued before the Supreme Court of Canada as the lead counsel for the plaintiff. This judgement was instrumental in establishing the modern rules for how Canadian courts decide custody, access and guardianship cases.