Nicole heads Whitelaw Twining’s class action group, with a burgeoning class action defense practice in which she advises and represents financial institutions, publicly-traded companies, and small businesses. On a broader spectrum, Nicole runs a complex commercial litigation practice, encompassing shareholder and corporate disputes, oppression claims, securities, trust claims, estate disputes, and bankruptcy and insolvency litigation.
A cornerstone of Nicole’s success is her strategic and practical approach that considers her clients’ objectives and protects their interests while achieving desired results. To meet her clients’ evolving needs, Nicole completed a Masters of Law in tax, which has enabled her to apply an increasingly holistic model when approaching legal issues.
A polyglot (fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin) with an entrepreneurial mind and a natural inclination toward business development, Nicole is a key contributor to the growth of the commercial group. She is dedicated to understanding the particularities of her clients’ businesses and the industries and markets in which they operate. Her experience is far-reaching and encompasses the fields of mining, cannabis, real estate development, and commercial leasing, among others.
Notable experience includes:
- Class Action: defending a financial institution in a national class action involving pre-paid cards, and representing a natural health product company in a proposed national class action.
- Commercial Litigation: representing investors, directors and officers across sectors, and obtaining court approval of various plans of arrangement.
- Bankruptcy & Insolvency: acting for unsecured creditors and debtors in bankruptcy matters under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
Outside the courtroom, Nicole is a fervent advocate for diversity and equity – values she views as imperatives for progress and innovation. As the co-chair of Whitelaw Twining’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and an executive member of the CBABC Women Lawyers Forum, Nicole leverages her platform to promote a corporate culture that blends social impact and proven business tactics for an inclusive work environment that maximizes potential of individuals and, by extension, their teams.
L.L.M. (Tax law), York University, 2021
J.D., Thompson Rivers University, 2016
B.A., Simon Fraser University, 2013
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2017
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Women Lawyers Forum
Member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
Member of the Vancouver Bar Association