David C. Halkett

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Assistant: Christine Cain

Assistant: Maddie Gulenchyn

David provides a full range of family law services, both pre- and post-marriage, including cohabitation, marriage and separation agreements.

He also handles litigation regarding all aspects of family law, including custody, child and spousal support, division of assets, restraining orders for the protection of assets and person, adoption and child removal.

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • CBA Westminster Family Law Subsection
  • CBA Vancouver Family Law Subsection
  • CBA Vancouver Civil Litigation Subsection
  • CBA Working Group on proposed changes to the Family Relations Act and Supreme Court Family Rules
  • CBA Working Group on best practices for family law lawyers

Positions / Community Involvement

  • CBA Westminster Family Law Subsection, co-chair 2010 to present, chair 2007–2010, co-chair 2006–2007
  • Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, director 2008 to present
  • Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association Safety Committee, member 2009 to present
  • Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, director and chair 1997–2003, chair 1999–2003

Lectures / Publications / Seminars

  • CLE-TV: Negotiation Strategies for Litigators, April 2011
  • Vancouver Community College Paralegal Program, ad hoc instructor 2001 to present
  • Continuing Legal Education BC, lecturer, Provincial Court Boot Camp, March 2010
  • CLE BC, chair of Family Law Basics for Legal Support Staff, November 2009
  • People’s Law School, 2009
  • Author of chapter in BC Family Practice Manual on Judicial Case Conferences, Settlement Conferences and Pre-Trial Conferences
  • Presentations to various community groups on a variety of legal topics

Representative Work

  • counsel for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Employment and Assistance
  • acts for a wide variety of individuals in child removal, custody, support and asset division cases

Hobbies / Interests

  • reader of a wide variety of history and historical fiction
  • blog writer for a website devoted to the Montréal Canadiens
  • movies
  • reality TV
  • travel
  • ice skating
  • playing hockey with his son


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts (History), University of British Columbia, 1988
  • Semiahmoo Senior Secondary, International Baccalaureate Program, 1984

Years of Call & Jurisdiction

Called to the BC Bar in 1992