"We don’t go home until the job is done."
Thanks to his previous unique and varied work/life adventures, Nicholas Davies is well regarded today as an astute, strategic thinker who can just as comfortably work under fire in the courtroom as navigate through calm negotiations to help people resolve their conflicts and move forward.
In or out of the courtroom, Nicholas Davies serves as a grounded, level-headed, tenacious and respected family lawyer in BC. His prior experience working in the Canadian Armed Forces, in the offshore oil industry based in the Canadian Arctic, and as a Whistler Mountain ski patroller, in addition to his background as a boxer and airplane and glider pilot, has provided him with insightful, social perceptiveness, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, which complement his legal training and many years representing family law clients.
With over 30 years of experience in family law, family law mediation, real property transactions and disputes, and corporate/commercial transactions and disputes, Nicholas Davies currently focuses his practice on family law and corporate/commercial litigation. His knowledge of complex property transactions is a particular asset for high net worth couples working to untangle the financial aspects of their relationship.
When Nick is not at his desk working or eating one of his favourite foods (sushi!), you can find him guest-instructing in the PLTC program on real estate and family law topics as well as regularly judging in the PLTC moot court program. He is also an active Rotarian and has served as president of his Rotary Club.
B.C. appeal court clarifies method for calculating income for child support for incorporated payors. Ruling ensures similar treatment of assessing support even if payor has an incorporated business.
Baryla v. Baryla, 2019 BCCA 22 – Nick Davies successfully obtained a new trial on appeal after we challenged the amount of a compensation payment, the failure to deal with distributive taxes, and the awarding of spousal support after an equal division of assets. It was necessary for the court below to determine whether the registration of title in joint tenancy was an inter vivos gift to the husband, and to account for distributive taxes upon division of the assets. The question of spousal support after an equal division of assets must consider whether an award would amount to “double dipping”.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY
- Accredited Family Law Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia
- Frequent guest instructor and Moot Court judge for Professional Legal Training Course
- Volunteer – 2010 Winter Olympic Games
- Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol (1992 to 2001)
- Rotary Club of Whistler (Charter Member, Director, Past President)
- Rotary International (Past President, Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium)
- Capilano College Legal Secretarial Program Advisory Committee
- North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Marine Industries Task Force (Chair)
- Retail and Professional Services Task Force
- Political opinion columnist
- Whistler Chamber of Commerce Director (1991 – 2004), Olympic Readiness Committee (Founder and Chair)
- Policy Committee (Chair), Small Seminars Committee (Founder and Chair), Parks and Wilderness Committee (Chair), Amex Employee Recognition Committee, Training Trust Fund (Trustee)
- 1984: Bachelor of Law, University of Western Ontario
- 1981: Business Administration & Economics Undergraduate, Simon Fraser University
- 2015: Yukon Bar
- 1985: British Columbia Bar
awards and press
- Nicholas Davies, twice voted “Whistler’s Best Lawyer” by the readers of Pique News magazine
- 2013–Present: Lawyer, MacLean Law, Vancouver
- 1992–2013: Whistler Law Offices, Whistler, BC
- 1986–1991: Stein & Company, North Vancouver, BC
- 1998–2005: Vice President Corporate Affairs, General Counsel Emerald Coast Technologies, Vancouver, BC
- 1984–1986: Articled Student & Lawyer, Owen Bird, Vancouver, BC