Mark R. Slay
Mark was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1984 and has appeared at all the levels of Court in British Columbia. Mark focuses his practice on litigation, specifically in the areas of family, estate and criminal matters.
Mark has a significant family and estate law practice. He is our senior family law practitioner and often deals with complex financial matters, including corporate and trust interests. His practice involves extensive appellate, trial and chambers experience. Mark has been a family mediator and has also trained in collaborative law and other alternative dispute resolution methods.
In criminal law, he continues to act discreetly for clients, and often is able to resolve matters without any criminal conviction being recorded. He has been retained on an ad hoc basis to act as Crown Counsel in prosecution matters for many years.
In his spare time Mark travels extensively, plays drums in various classic rock groups and is a closet Elvis impersonator.
Mark obtained his B.A. from Simon Fraser University in 1980. He graduated from the University of Victoria Law School in 1983.
Mark is a longstanding member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). He served for many years on the CBA(BC) Provincial Council as an elected member and has chaired various of its committees. He is the past president of the North Shore Bar Association.
Mark has lived on the North Shore most of his life. He has been involved in local organizations such as the Silver Harbour Seniors’ Legal Clinic, the North Shore Community Resource Society and the Capilano Rugby Club. His continued involvement in amateur sport has seen him serve as the president of the British Columbia Rugby Union and also on the Board of Rugby Canada.
As an author and lecturer for various continuing legal educational organizations, Mark has lectured on family law and criminal law issues.
Mark Slay recently appeared before the BC Court Appeal in the case of Harras v Lhotka. The case involved a calculation of income for the purpose of determining the child support payable. The appeal brought on behalf of Mark’s client was allowed and , in the end the child support was reduced. The Lawyer’s Weekly, a national publication , interviewed Mark on this precedent setting case. A copy of the article from the magazine can be found here. Read Full Article