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Ravi Hira Q.C.

Ravi Hira Q.C., is a partner at Hira Rowan LLP. Prior to founding Hira Rowan LLP in April 2016, Ravi was a partner at another boutique litigation firm in downtown Vancouver.

Ravi was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998. He was Crown Counsel from 1982 to 1988 and a Commissioner with the British Columbia Securities Commission from 1992 to 1994. Ravi was a Director of the British Columbia Law Institute from 1997 to 2004 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law and Reform and Criminal Justice Policy as well as an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association National and Provincial Council. He was appointed by the Attorney General of British Columbia and the Law Society of British Columbia to the List of Special Prosecutors from 2007 to 2015.

Ravi’s practice consists exclusively of counsel work. It includes complex commercial litigation cases, criminal defence cases, prosecutions on behalf of the Attorney General of British Columbia, and administrative law cases relating to professional discipline, political ethics, public inquiries, and other regulatory matters. Ravi has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Direct: 604-800-8022
E-mail: rhira@hirarowan.com

Recent Decisions

More Notable Decisions
  1. R v. MAM, [1986] BCJ 1262, 32 CCC (3d) 566, BCCA
  2. R v. Smith, [1987] BCJ 1185, BCCA
  3. R v. E. (D.W.), [1987] BCJ 1501, BCCA
  4. R v. Andrews, [1987] BCJ 1814, BCSC
  5. R v. Keeling, [1988] BCJ 1302, BCSC
  6. R v. Baig, [1990] BCJ 3039, 58 CCC (3d), BCCA, Leave
  7. Devron-Hercules v. Baichu, [1990] BCJ 1534, BCSC
  8. R v. Gatley, [1990] BCJ 1682, BCSC
  9. Movsesian v. Saswan, [1991] BCJ 3470, BCCA
  10. R v. Kim, [1992] BCJ 742, BCSC
  11. R v. Baig, [1992] BCJ 2567, BCCA
  12. Gatley, 1992 BCJ 1484, 74 CCC (3d) 468, BCCA
  13. Hoole v. Advani, [1996] BCJ 731, BCSC
  14. R v. Silzer, [1996] BCJ 440
  15. Theodore Allan v. Whistler Brewing , [1997] BCJ 1489
  16. Smithfield’s Meat v. Lalani, [1997] BCJ 2474
  17. Theodore Allan v. Whistler Brewing (costs), [1998] BCJ 1818
  18. Bains v. Bains, [1998] BCJ 2893
  19. R v. MOB, [1998] BCJ 560, BCCA
  20. R v. Wilder, [1998] BCJ 1028
  21. R v. MOB, 1999 BCCA 84
  22. Northwest Sports v. Griffiths, [1999] BCJ 637
  23. R v. Naumenko, [1999] BCJ 2485
  24. Swamy v. Tham, 2000 BCSC 1253
  25. Dhalla v. Dhalla, 2000 BCCA 508
  26. Swamy v. Tham, 2001 BCSC 551
  27. Ambleside Chinese v. Strata Corporation VR 575, 2001 BCSC 1182
  28. Elks vs. Elks, 2001 BCSC 1553
  29. Elks Can v. Elks New Westminster, 2001 BCSC 974
  30. R v. Dosanjh, 2002 BCSC 25
  31. Meyer v. BC, 2002 BCSC 257
  32. EDG v. Hammer, 2003 SCC 52
  33. Border Ent. v. Beazer, 2003 BCSC 49
  34. Madatali v. ICABC, 2003 BCSC 129
  35. R v. Sauer, 2003 BCPC 541
  36. R v. Hannibal, 2003 BCPC 504
  37. Zynik v. Faris, 2004 BCSC 1032
  38. Ruwenzori v. Walji, 2006 BCCA 448
  39. Aujla v. Yellow Cab, 2006 BCCA 116 BCCA
  40. Malik v. FICOM, 2006 BCSC 723
  41. DCTB v. Original Fishboat, 2006 BCSC 1939
  42. R v. Sommani, 2007 BCCA 199
  43. Zynik v. Faris, 2007 BCSC 527
  44. Gidda v. Gidda, October 29, 2007, BCSC
  45. OMI v. Dohm Jaffer, 2007 BCSC 734
  46. OMI v. Dohm Jaffer, 2007 BCSC 1709
  47. Saggu v. Canwest Publishing Inc., 2009 CarswellBC 694, 2009 BCSC 362
  48. Rundel v. British Columbia (Commissioner of Inquiry, 2009 BCCA 604
  49. Polar Bear Ice Services Inc. v. Arctic Glacier Inc., 2010 BCSC 314
  50. Intergulf Investment Corp. v. Gregory, 2010 BCSC 607
  51. Virk v. Brar, 2011 BCSC 301
  52. Braidwood Inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski, 2009
  53. Missing Women Inquiry, January-May 2012
  54. R v. Benji, 2012 BCCA 55 (trial special prosecutor)
  55. R v. James, 2012 BCCA 162
  56. USA v. Ibrahim, 2012 BCSC 916
  57. Virk v. Brar, 2012 BCSC 1004
  58. Sandhu v. British Columbia (Provincial Court), 2012 BCSC 1064
  59. R v. Nam Bak Enterprises and Pang, 2012 BCPC 506
  60. R v. Jahanrkshan, 2012 BCCA 341
  61. R v. James, 2013 BCCA 11
  62. R v. Bergeron, 2013 BCSC 443
  63. R v. Jahanrkshan, 2013 BCCA 128
  64. R v. Jahanrkshan, 2013 BCCA 196
  65. R v. Jahanrkshan, 2013 BCCA 322
  66. Ari v. ICBC, 2013 BCSC 1308
  67. Khela v. Phoenix Homes Limited, 2013 BCSC 2079
  68. Lama Lo Holdings Ltd. v. Gurnisch Development Corp., 5908 Holdings Ltd. and Ralph Schwartzman, 2013 BCSC 2224
  69. Dent (Re), 2014 LSBC 4
  70. Dent (Re), 2014 LSBC 12
  71. Dent (Re), 2015 LSBC 4
  72. R v. Millington, 2014 BCSC 756
  73. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 143
  74. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 515
  75. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1380
  76. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1426
  77. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1518
  78. R v. Millington, 2015 BCSC 1612
  79. Cook v. ICBC, 2014 BCSC 1289
  80. R v. Pompeo, 2014 BCCA 317
  81. Riley Park v. Waterson, 2014 BCSC 1605
  82. Dent (Re), 2015 LSBC 37
  83. Dent (Re), 2016 LSBC 5
  84. R v. Bergeron, 2015 BCCA 177, (special prosecutor)
  85. R v. Bergeron, 2015 BCCA 396, (special prosecutor)
  86. Tucci v. Peoples Trust Company, 2015 BCSC 987
  87. Khela v. Phoenix Homes Limited, 2015 BCCA 202
  88. Ari v. ICBC, 2015 BCCA 468
  89. McMyn v. Manulife, 2015 BCSC 2205
  90. Jiang v. Peoples Trust Company, 2016 BCSC 368

Areas of Practice

  • Regulatory and Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Employment Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Environmental Claims

Appointed Queen’s Counsel

  • January 1998

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1982

Education

  • University of British Columbia
    • L.L.B. – 1981

Member

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
Publications
  • British Columbia Annual Criminal Practice, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,2004, 2005 ,2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 co-authored with the late Mr. Justice Bouck, Judge Alexander, Ms. Ainslie QC, and Mr. Rankin.
  • “Impact of McNeil on Criminal Disclosure Cases” by Sarah Conroy and Ravi Hira; November 23, 2011, for the Canadian Institute’s Western Canada Conference on The Law of Policing, November 29 and November 30, 2011.
  • “How Much is Too Much?  Legal Principles Governing Police Use of Force” by Brendan Morley and Ravi Hira; November 9, 2010, for the Canadian Institute’s Western Canada Conference on The Law of Policing, November 23 and November 24, 2010.
  • “Recent Revelations and References regarding Judicial Independence”; November, 2002, 2002 Conference of the Judicial Justices of the Peace.
  • “Crown Privilege: A Brief History from Absolutism to Judicial Review” by Kent Wiebe and Ravi Hira; October, 2002, Canadian Police College.
  • “Recent Judicial Remediation of the Waste Management Act”; December 4, 2001, Urban Development Institute.
  • “A Checklist for Objections” by W. B. Smart, Q.C. and Ravi Hira; Advocacy Conference, Continuing Legal Education Society, 2001.
  • “A Brief Summary of the Law Relating To Experts In Sexual Assault Cases” by Kathryn Seely and Ravi Hira; Sexual Assault/Abuse: “A Cross-Disciplinary Approach”; Continuing Legal Education Society, 2000.
  • “Is `Voluntariness Being Displaced By The `Right To Counsel’ And `Fairness’ “?  Advocate, Volume 55, Part 2, page 199 (March 1997).
  • “The Crown’s Discretion to Charge–Can It Be Reviewed?”  Advocate, Volume 44, page 819.
  • Book Review on “Appearing For The Crown”, P.C. Stenning, Advocate, Volume 45, page 83.
  • “Criminal Code Drinking And Driving Offences”; Impaired Driving; Continuing Legal Education Society, 1987.
  • “Jury Selection”; Criminal Jury Trials; Continuing Legal Education Society, 1988
  • Proof Of Documents” by A.G. Henderson, updated April 1989 by W.B. Smart and Ravi Hira; Criminal Evidence, Continuing Legal Education Society; 1989
Professional Activities
  • Canadian Bar Association: 1992 – 2012
    • Six times elected member of National and Provincial Council
      • Elected 1988 to 1991, Westminster County
      • Re-elected 1991 to 1994, Vancouver County
      • Re-elected 1995 to 1998, Vancouver County
      • Re-elected 1998 to 2001, Vancouver County
      • Re-elected 2002 to 2005, Vancouver County
      • Re-elected 2005 to 2008, Vancouver County
    • Continuing Legal Education Society
    • Co-Chair:
      • Criminal Jury Trials:  March 12, 1988
      • Strategic, Tactical And Ethical Issues In Criminal Law:  December 3, 1988
    • Panelist:
      • Criminal Evidence: April 22, 1989
      • Litigation for Equality in the 90s; Human Rights: February 22, 1990
      • Criminal Evidence: April 22, 1989
      • Impaired Driving: September 27, 1988
      • Sexual Assault/Abuse – A Cross-Disciplinary Approach: June 8, 2000
      • Advocacy Conference 2001: November 15 and 16, 2001
    • Continuing Legal Education for RCMP
    • RCMP Northern District Major Crime Workshop — Member    Involved Shootings:  May 5, 2010
    • RCMP Northern District Major Crime Workshop and Prince George Lawyers – Ethics and Cross-examination:  May 12, 2011
  • Canadian Institute
    • Co-chair: Law of Policing Conference: November 23 and 24, 2010
    • Panelist: Law of Policing Conference: November 29, 2011
    • Panelist: Law of Policing Conference: November 28, 2012
  • Insight Conference on the Law of Policing: June 13, 2012
  • Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Conference:  May 6, 2014
  • Professional Legal Training Course
    • Lecturer: Criminal Law and Procedure 1984, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994-2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Juror for the Jack Webster Awards for Journalism:  2006-2008
  • Panelist for the 2nd annual Conference of the South Asian Bar Association presenting on “Professional and Career Development”
  • Justice Reform Commission 1988
    • presented paper regarding proposed reforms to the criminal justice system on behalf of the New Westminster Bar Association
  • Matkin Commission re V.S.E. and B.C.S.C.:  1994
    • presented paper regarding B.C. Securities Regulation
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association Planning and Priorities Committee, 1996-1998.  Chair of that committee, 1998-2000.
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association Multiculturalism Committee, 1994-1996.
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee, 1996-1997.
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee working group responding to the 1999 report regarding racial equality.
  • Speaker at the Canadian Bar Association Real Property subsection regarding fraudulent mortgages, May 1999.
  • Provincial Court Judges’ Conference:  1995
    • Presented paper on “Is `Voluntariness’ Being Displaced by The `Right to Counsel’ and `Fairness’ “
  • Panelist, Canadian Bar Association National Convention – 1996
    • Panelist at workshop regarding Counsel Skills
  • Provincial Court Judges’ Conference:  1997
    • Presented paper on “Criminal Convictions and the Right to Enter and/or Remain in Canada”
  • Assisted in drafting the proposed Provincial Court Criminal Rules, 1998.
  • Regular contributor and interviewee for the media regarding legal affairs.