Jane Reid practices family law exclusively, and has since 2004. She deals in all areas of family law, which includes property division, spousal and child support, and issues related to the care of children. Her practice involves high net worth cases with complex property division and income and support issues, where her understanding of corporate structures and financials, as well as associated tax issues, is an asset.
Jane is a mediator, certified collaborative lawyer and litigator. Jane works hard to resolve each case outside of court, but is a skilled litigator when required. Jane also regularly negotiates and prepares cohabitation and marriage agreements for clients who are looking for financial certainty in the future.
As a mediator, Jane assists parties to resolve matters outside of court with her extensive knowledge of the law, along with her considered and creative approach. As a litigator, she has successfully represented clients in all levels of court in British Columbia. Jane recognizes that each client’s circumstances are unique and tailors her approach and strategy accordingly. No matter the case or process, Jane exercises common sense and is always attentive, empathetic and encouraging. She believes that wealth is knowledge and works to keep her clients well informed of both the process and the law.
Jane also has a passion for pro bono work, as a coordinator for a pro bono mediation program since 2017, and a volunteer mediator since 2014. She is also an ongoing volunteer with both BC Rise/Women’s Legal Centre and Access Pro Bono.
Throughout Jane’s legal career, she has been very involved in the family law legal community. She is a regular presenter at family law conferences, contributes to family law publications, teaches articling students family law as a guest instructor for the Law Society of British Columbia, and was on the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association Family Law Subsection committee for many years.
Jane has been listed as a leading practitioner in family law in British Columbia by both Lexpert and Doyle’s Guide.
Education & Bar Admissions
- B.A., Simon Fraser University, 1993
- J.D, University of Windsor, 2002
- Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 2003
Appointments & Activities
- Volunteer, Salvation Army Pro Bono program (2007-2012)
- Executive member (past chair), Canadian Bar Association, Family Law Subsection — Vancouver (2008-2021)
- Contributing author, Annotated Family Practice (2009-2020)
- Volunteer, Access Pro Bono (2012-2021)
- Guest instructor, British Columbia Professional Legal Training Course (2012-2017, 2019)
- Editorial Board, BC Family Practice Manual (2013-2020)
- Coordinator, Pro Bono Mediation Program (2017 to 2021, volunteer since 2014)
- Volunteer, BC Rise Women’s Legal Centre (2019-2021)
Memberships & Associations
- Canadian Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers Association of BC
- Family Law Advocates Group
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Presented for Continuing Legal Education on the issues of minority shareholder discounts, income imputation in circumstances where the payor is a shareholder in a corporation, and drafting orders and minutes of settlement.
- Presented for Pacific Business & Law Institute on protecting businesses in spousal relationships; family and excluded property; and navigating family law during COVID-19
- Presented for Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Family Law Conference on court ordered spousal support reviews across Canada
- Co-author, “2022-06-16_Minority Discount Paper” CLE BC Advanced Financial Issues in Family Law conference, May 2022
- Co-author, “The Use of Spousal Support Review Orders in Canada,” Canadian Family Law Quarterly 38.1, December 2020
- Author, “Happily Ever After…The End: Protecting Family Businesses in Spousal Relationships,” Pacific Business & Law Institute, October 2017
- Co-author, “Drafting Orders and Minutes of Settlement,” Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, March 2015
- Co-author, “Imputing Income under s.18 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines,” Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, June 2009