Public Law

We have experience in holding the government to account in a range of proceedings, including: challenging the interpretation of statutes and regulatory policy; constitutional challenges of government action on the grounds of civil liberties like freedom of expression and association;  challenges to the admissibility of statutorily compelled evidence; and challenges to the abuse of government discretion and administrative power.

Our lawyers have successfully challenged municipal government action, including defending clients in bylaw enforcement proceedings, and challenging official community plans, zoning decisions, business licensing, and land use regulation. We have defended clients in expropriation, land valuation assessments, and property tax assessments.

Our lawyers have challenged government agents, including port authorities, agricultural land commissions, licensing offices and other commissions. Further, our lawyers have acted before all courts in Canada on major appeals and reviews, including administrative and constitutional law appeals in diverse areas, such as healthcare regulation and competition policy.


British Columbia College of Midwives v. Marymoon: We acted for the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives in a successful appeal of a trial decision striking down the College’s ability to protect the use of professional titles such as “Doctor” and “Nurse”. On appeal, the court restored the College’s ability to protect titles, finding that the regulations did not infringe the freedom of expression under the Charter.

R. v. Kalyan et al.: We acted for the most significant number of protestors charged with criminal contempt of court in a mass protest. The decision is now a leading Canadian decision on the court’s criminal contempt powers.

A Party v. A Party: We act for a client seeking compensation from a provincial government. Our client alleges the provincial government expropriated its land assets when the government imposed a moratorium against uranium mining.

A Party v. Attorney General of British Columbia: We acted for a financial institution challenging the federal government’s anti-money laundering legislation because the law exceeded the federal government’s power under the Constitution and infringed on the provincial government’s powers.

“As a non-profit sports organization we have had the privilege of working with Chilwin and his team at Ascendion Law for the past two to three years. During this time, the legal team at Ascendion Law has supported our organization with legal input on a variety of matters related to our policies as well as membership related issues. The entire team at Ascendion Law is professional, knowledgeable and respond to all inquiries in a time sensitive manner. We are very grateful for their ongoing support and legal advice and would highly recommend them to other Provincial Sports Organizations (PSO) and non-profit organizations.”
Ryan O’Shea, Boxing BC President