Patrice Newman - Partner
Patrice Newman joined Horne Coupar in 2008, further solidifying Horne Coupar’s reputation for excellence in both the courtroom and in the boardroom. Patrice became a partner of Horne Coupar in 2013.
Early in her career Patrice developed a passion for litigation. Starting off litigating ICBC claims and personal injury law, her practice quickly grew to include matters involving challenging and defending wills, disinheritances, probate matters, incapacity issues, adult guardianship, as well as other areas of law including employment, wrongful dismissal, construction, and contract disputes. She has conducted Supreme Court trials and argued cases in the Court of Appeal. Although Patrice has a great deal of courtroom experience, she also recognizes that most disputes are best resolved outside of court, 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 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.