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Joe McArthur

Joe McArthur, FCIArb.
Joe McArthur, FCIArb. Partner | Vancouver
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Recent representative matters include:

Counsel Work

  • Counsel for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators before the Supreme Court of Canada in Uber v. Heller

  • Counsel for Dominion Diamond Mines in BC Supreme Court action challenging actions of its Joint Venture Partner and manager

  • Counsel for luxury hotel group in ad hoc international arbitration involving disputes under Hotel Management Agreement

  • Counsel for residential owners of luxury condominium in BCICAC arbitration involving disputes regarding cost sharing with luxury hotel owner

  • Counsel in international arbitration regarding a dispute under a mining joint venture

  • Counsel in international arbitration under the ICDR International Rules regarding a dispute in the blockchain technology industry

  • Counsel in ad hoc arbitration regarding audit rights under a mining joint venture

  • Counsel in arbitration under the Ontario Arbitration Act regarding a dispute involving the provision of financial technology

  • Counsel in Court proceedings regarding the setting aside of a US$20-million arbitration claim involving a venture capital financing of a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company

  • Counsel for contractor in a C$100-million arbitration claim regarding the construction of a high voltage transmission line

  • Counsel in LCIA arbitration between Canadian, Bermudian and Czech entities involving dispute over the sale of Mongolian mining assets

  • Counsel to Lindt & Sprüngli Canada in court proceedings regarding contract and agency dispute

  • Counsel for utility in C$350-million arbitration claim involving the construction of significant energy infrastructure

  • Counsel in arbitration regarding dispute over the operation of municipal infrastructure

  • Counsel in arbitration regarding public-private-partnership infrastructure financial arrangements

  • Counsel in arbitration involving the operation of energy infrastructure

  • Counsel to Aon Hewitt in dispute regarding funding of public sector long term disability trust

  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. in a dispute with Suncor's terminal operator

  • Counsel to CHC Helicopters in an arbitration over the purported termination of Hibernia helicopter contract

  • Counsel to FinancialCAD Corporation in a dispute regarding the inadvertent triggering of shareholder dissent rights in FinancialCAD as a result of an error by Financial CAD's corporate solicitors

  • Counsel to NovaGold Resources Inc. in the appraisal of dissenting shareholder's shares in the first reported case to consider B.C. Business Corporation Act dissent provisions

  • Counsel to Ermineskin Cree Nation in a lengthy Federal Court trial and before the Supreme Court of Canada alleging breach of a trustee's duty to prudently invest over C$1-billion in trust funds and to prudently manage oil and gas resources

Arbitral Appointments

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC arbitration involving a commercial dispute in the cannabis industry

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC arbitration involving a dispute over sponsorship rights

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC international arbitration under California law involving a dispute over an agreement for the production and sale of fresh produce

  • Appointed to a three-member panel under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving a dispute over a breached settlement agreement between Canadian and American companies

  • Appointed to a three-member panel under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving a C$70-million claim for energy infrastructure between Spanish and American parties

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in international arbitration involving an intellectual property dispute between Chinese and North American parties

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC international arbitration involving a dispute over mining interests in Ecuador

  • Appointed to a three-member arbitration panel regarding agency dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration involving a franchise dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a BCICAC share valuation dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a number of ICDR commercial contract disputes

  • Appointed to a three-member arbitration panel regarding a dispute over a South American mining concession

Awards & Recognition

Joe has been recognized as a leading lawyer by a number of publications including:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2013-2021 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration); named Best Lawyers' 2014 Vancouver Appellate Law "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration - 2018-2021

  • Chambers Canada: Canadian Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Nationwide Arbitration and Litigation: General Commercial – British Columbia) – Chambers notes “his “strong and astute presence” across an impressive array of arbitral proceedings” and states that Joe “is particularly regarded for his wide-ranging trial experience”

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Canada) – Chambers notes that "Joe has a firm hand and really understands arbitration theory and practice," say peers

  • Chambers Canada: Canadian Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Nationwide Arbitration) – Chambers notes that Joe “regularly handles significant proceedings arising in a wide range of industries, including energy, technology and infrastructure"

  • Chambers Canada: Canadian Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (BC Commercial Litigation) – Chambers notes: “The "enormously talented" Joseph McArthur wins praise for his rising profile in commercial dispute resolution, with clients reporting his "excellent and very thoughtful" submissions in cases

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 Vancouver Lawyer of the Year (International Arbitration)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2012-2020 (National Litigation Star: Arbitration, International Arbitration, Aboriginal and Securities Litigation; Provincial Litigation Star: British Columbia)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2018-2020 (Commercial Arbitration & Litigation – Corporate Commercial)

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2019: Canadian Arbitration Counsel of the Year

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Dispute Resolution: Nationwide Arbitration)

  • Chambers Canada: Canadian Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Dispute Resolution: Nationwide Arbitration – Chambers comments that Joe “attracts praise as a ‘very bright light’ in the arbitration space and is noted for his skillful representation of clients in the mining, construction and utilities sectors". Chambers quotes a client’s comment that Joe “is knowledgeable, practical and very pleasant to work with”.)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016-2018 (Commercial Arbitration)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia - One client noted that Joe "is a great counsel; he works very well with evidence and is good at presenting a complicated matter in a short period of time.")

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia)

Professional Activities

Joe sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair (Rules Committee) of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (formerly the BCICAC).  He is a member of the ICC Canada Arbitrator Proposals Sub-Committee. Joe is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, has been recognized as a Chartered Arbitrator by the CIArb, is Chair of the Vancouver Chapter and the national Vice-Chair of the Canadian Branch of CIArb. Joe is also an invited member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS).

Joe regularly acts as a guest instructor on advocacy and British Columbia Supreme Court practice as part of the British Columbia Law Society's professional legal training course.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Virtual Reality: Experiences of Remote Arbitration
    Blakes Insights Seminar, June 25, 2020.
  • Panel Chair: Hot Topics in Arbitration
    13th Annual WCCAS Energy, Mining and Resources Conference, May 7, 2019.
  • Moderator: Becoming an Arbitrator
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Vancouver Chapter, May 10, 2018.
  • Panellist: Arbitration Legal Update
    12th Annual WCCAS Energy, Mining and Resources Conference, May 8, 2018.
  • Co-panellist: The Art of Arbitration
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 21, 2017.
  • Co-panellist: Defending the Front Line: Your Role in Domestic and International Arbitrations
    Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 17, 2017.
Education
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar - 1995
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1994
B.A. (Political Science), Carleton University - 1991
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