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Patrice Newman - Partner

Patrice became a partner with Horne Coupar is 2013, and has a wide ranging litigation practice with emphasis in either challenging or defending estate disputes, including wills, disinheritances, or probate matters. She also deals with incapacity issues and adult guardianship. In addition, her litigation practice is rounded out with ICBC claims (including brain injury claims), employment matters, wrongful dismissal, construction, and contract disputes.

Patrice Newman joined Horne Coupar in 2008, further solidifying Horne Coupar’s reputation for excellence in both the courtroom and in the boardroom. Patrice developed a passion for litigation early in her career. Starting off litigating ICBC claims and other personal injury law, employment, wrongful dismissal, construction, and contract disputes, Patrice’s practice quickly grew to include matters that involved challenging and defending wills, disinheritances, probate matters, incapacity issues, adult guardianship, in addition to the areas of law she started with.  Patrice has conducted Supreme Court trials and successfully defended her decisions in the Court of Appeal. Although she has a great deal of court experience, Patrice also recognizes that most disputes are best resolved outside of the courtroom, either by way of negotiation or mediation. Patrice believes that an out-of-court resolution is often the most sensible way to resolve differences.

Patrice serves on the executive of the Wills, Estates and Trusts section of the BC Canadian Bar Association, serving as its chair from 2011 to 2013. She has presented at Provincial professional development conferences for her colleagues, sharing her depth of knowledge with respect to Wills Variation claims and other probate actions.  Patrice is also a mentor for younger lawyers, and volunteers her time to assist UVic law students with their legal studies.

Relocating back to BC in the early 2000’s from Alberta, Patrice and her family are active members of their community in Gordon Head. In her free time, Patrice can be found cooking, gardening, painting, or at one of the local soccer pitches cheering on her youngest son.