Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP

HENDERSON LIVINGSTON STEWART LLP
Barristers & Solicitors
Old Steveston Courthouse
12011 Third Avenue
Richmond, BC
V7E 3K1
Phone: 604-241-2855
Fax: 604-241-2866
office@hlslawyers.com

 

 


About the Courthouse


Our firm is located in the Old Steveston Courthouse in historic Steveston Village, which is located in southwest Richmond, British Columbia. The land upon which the Courthouse is built was sold to the Municipality of Richmond in the 1890's for use as a courthouse and jail. The current building was constructed between 1925 and 1932 to replace the original courthouse. The building was originally used as a courthouse, but during World War II served as a public health facility operated by the Red Cross. In the late 1940's the building became the Steveston Community Hall, serving as courthouse, polling station, union hall, karate dojo, scouting centre, and town meeting place.

During the period from 1960 to 1984, the building gradually fell into disrepair. On September 24, 1984 after public lobbying to protect it, the courthouse was designated a Municipal Heritage Site. The Courthouse was restored in 1988, and in 1992, it and an adjacent building were purchased for use by Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP.

In 1992, the firm purchased the Old Steveston Courthouse and a neighbouring building and relocated its law offices to Steveston, at the corner of Third Avenue and Chatham Street.

These buildings, redesigned as our law offices, offer our clients comfortable, wheelchair accessible modern facilities, in a heritage setting.


About the Firm

The law firm of Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP is a full service law firm located at the corner of Third Avenue and Chatham Street. The firm has been serving clients in Richmond and Greater Vancouver for over 38 years. Our founding partners established the firm in Richmond in the early 1970's in anticipation of the city's growth.

In 1992, the firm purchased the Old Steveston Courthouse and a neighbouring building and relocated its law offices to Steveston, at the corner of Third Avenue and Chatham Street.

We are dedicated to serving the legal needs of our clients. Our goal is to provide timely and effective legal services to our clients, at a reasonable cost. Our clients include individuals, families, financial institutions and non-profit organizations. Many of our clients are small to medium size businesses located not only in Richmond but throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Being a full service law firm, the lawyers of Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP practice various areas of law, with particular strength in the areas of corporate and commercial law, partnership law, wills and estates, and all forms of civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and family law. With respect to litigation, our philosophy is "litigation if necessary, but not necessarily litigation". We provide sound legal advice and a personal understanding of the stresses and difficulties faced by our clients.

Our firm also offer mediation services in commercial, estate, and family disputes.

The lawyers and staff of our firm are active members of the Richmond community, regularly volunteering their time and resources to provide public legal education and resources to local schools, sports groups, and charitable and heritage organizations.

Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP is an active member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Our Lawyers

Roderick ("Rick") S. Henderson

Rick and his wife, Charmaine, are longtime Richmond residents, and they have enjoyed raising their three children, Rob, Rachel and Rebecca (now adults and the latter two of them with children of their own), in a wonderful, vibrant community and maintaining a legal practice in Richmond for over a quarter of a century. His practice with the firm was conducted out of offices in downtown Richmond commencing in 1976, and since 1992 he has practiced out of the historic Old Steveston Courthouse location.

 

Having attended the University of Calgary where he participated in varsity sports and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction (History), he then moved to Richmond and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of British Columbia in 1975. A Masters degree in History was obtained from Simon Fraser University in 1998. He has enjoyed a long career with the firm, with partnership since 1977, and his practice concentrates on corporate, commercial and business matters, estate planning and estate administration, as well as trial work related to these matters.

He is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, as well as the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Chapter and the Canada – America Society which are located in Seattle.

In keeping with the firm's philosophy of community involvement, Rick has participated extensively in community affairs. He is a founding member and first chairman of the Richmond Sports Council and was a founding member, executive member and participant in Richmond Men’s Basketball and the Master’s Basketball League. He coached his son’s soccer team and was active in the Richmond Ringette Association as executive member and coach on his twin daughters’ teams. Past organizational involvement includes chairmanship of committees for the BC Games for the Physically Disabled, the Canadian Foresters' Games for the Disabled, the BC Special Olympics and the Canadian Special Olympics. He was also a presenting delegate for the City of Richmond in its formal bids for the 1993 Canada Summer Games and the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Rick also acted as a chairman for the first Richmond Community Conference in 1989 and is a founding member of the Richmond Community Foundation in 1990, acting as chairman of the Foundation from 1994 through 1997.

Richmond City Council appointed him as vice-chairman of the 1992 Community Facilities Task Force, and subsequently as chairman of the 1993 Referendum Committee which organized the referendum resulting in electoral approval for the construction of an aquatics complex and leasing of a new arenas complex. He has previously been a member of the Community Policing Advisory Group for the City of Richmond. As of 2007, he was appointed by the City as a member of the Richmond Athletic Commission.

 

Bruce G. Livingston

Bruce graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree in 1974. Following a brief career as a lumber trader in the British Columbia forest industry, Bruce obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in 1980. He has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1981, and is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch) and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.


 

Bruce joined Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP in 1980 and has been a partner since 1987. His current practice areas focus on civil litigation, with an emphasis on family, commercial and estate litigation. In his family law practice, Bruce deals with all aspects of a family breakdown, including spousal and child support, parenting plans, property division and divorce.

A resident of Richmond since 1980, Bruce has made a strong community commitment. He coached Richmond minor league baseball, and actively supported many Richmond sports teams and community groups. Bruce has also dedicated his time and energy to the history and heritage community, serving as a Director of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, the Canadian Parks Partnership, and other volunteer organizations.

 

Mary S. Stewart

Mary obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1975. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1979, and was called to the bar in New Brunswick that same year. Mary then worked for several years as an editor with the Maritime Law Book Publishing Company, subsequently returning to the University of New Brunswick to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction in 1984.


 

Mary moved to British Columbia in 1984, and worked briefly with a firm of chartered accountants while studying accounting and tax at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mary joined the firm in November 1986 and was called to the bar in British Columbia in January 1988. Mary became a partner with Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP in February 1990.

Mary's principal areas of practice include estate planning, estate administration, corporate, including non-profits and commercial law.

Mary is a popular public speaker, regularly working with local firms, charitable organizations, investment firms and community groups to offer estate planning forums and seminars.

 

Nicole C. Clark

Nicole graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (linguistics major, professional writing minor). She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 2006, and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007.

Nicole joined Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP in 2006 as an Articled Student and is now an Associate with the firm. Her practice areas include: corporate and commercial law, wills and estates and civil litigation. Nicole has appeared in both Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia.

In 2005 Nicole completed Harvard Law School's Negotiation Workshop for Lawyers.

Nicole is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).

Nicole is a Board Member of the Rosewood Manor Care Foundation.

Outside of the office Nicole enjoys running, yoga, travel and archery.

 

Matthew J. Dwinnell

Matt graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in the Honours Biochemistry program (specializing in molecular biology). After working in the biotechnology field for three years, he returned to the University of British Columbia and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree in 2007. During law school Matt was involved in student government, serving as the Law Students' Society Director of Student Services and the Student Representative on the Law Faculty's Building Committee throughout his second and third years.


 

Matt joined Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP as an articling student in September of 2007 and is now an Associate with the firm. Matt's practice areas include: wills/estates, corporate/commercial and family law agreements.

Matt is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).

Matt's interests include hockey, rugby, snowboarding, hiking, camping and travel. Matt is also an avid cyclist, enjoying mountain and road cycling.

Consultations

The lawyers at Henderson Livingston Stewart LLP would be pleased to answer any questions you may have concerning our practice or our ability to assist you. Please call our receptionist at 604-241-2855 should you wish to arrange for an appointment.

HENDERSON LIVINGSTON STEWART LLP
Barristers & Solicitors
Old Steveston Courthouse
12011 Third Avenue
Richmond, BC V7E 3K1

Phone: 604-241-2855
Fax: 604-241-2866
office@hlslawyers.com