Scott Booth is the managing partner of the firm’s family law practice. Called to the British Columbia bar in 1994, he has focused exclusively on family law since 2006. His practice includes litigation as well as mediation and arbitration, both as counsel and as mediator/arbitrator. Scott’s strength is problem solving and assisting his clients in resolving complex issues. This includes the unique circumstances of high income/net worth families, families with generational wealth planning, and families with interests in complex business assets.
Scott has been recognized by his peers as a leading family lawyer in B.C. including through Lexpert, Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Scott’s leadership in family law has also been recognized by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia for the significant contribution he has made to continuing legal education. Scott is frequently asked to speak at legal conferences and has done so at the local, national, and international level. He is a prolific author of papers and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board for the Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia. He also worked on the property division section of the transition guide published by the B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General when Family Law Act was introduced in 2013. In 2020, Scott taught family law as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law.
Scott has long been involved with pro bono legal work. This includes volunteering with Access Justice, taking on select pro bono cases, and supporting fundraising for access to justice organizations.
The vast majority of Scott’s cases are resolved out of court and privately. There are also many reported cases in British Columbia in which Scott acted as counsel.
Education & Bar Admissions
- B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Carleton University, 1989
- LL.B., University of Victoria, 1993
- Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 1994
- Family Law Mediator certification, 2015
- Family Law Arbitrator certification, 2017
Rankings & Recognitions
- Ranked by Lexpert as one of two consistently recommended leading practitioners of family law in British Columbia
- Ranked by Doyles Guide as a leading family lawyer in British Columbia
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in the family law practice area
- Recognized by the Superior Court of California as an Expert Witness in B.C. Family Law (2018)
Appointments & Activities
- Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
- Editorial board, Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia
- Organizing committee, National Family Law Program
- Volunteer, Access Justice pro bono law
- Fundraising Committee, Rise Women’s Legal Centre
- Appointed Special Referee by the Supreme Court of British Columbia in a family law matter (2019)
Memberships & Associations
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Family Law Section (past chair)
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Speaker and author, “Spousal Support Reviews in Canada,” Canadian Federation of Law Societies’ National Family Law Conference, 2018
- Speaker and author, “Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines” Canadian Federation of Law Societies’ National Family Law Conference, 2010
- Speaker and author, “Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines: Some Practical Limitations,” National Judicial Institutes’ Judges Conference on Family Law, 2009
- 2012-2020 – Speaker and paper author on various family law topics at 8 legal education conferences for lawyers held by the Pacific Business and Law Institute.
- 2000-2020 – Speaker and Course Lecturer at 31 courses and seminars for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Author of at least 33 course papers, book chapters, and chapter updates.
- Author, “Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines: Avoiding Errors and Unsophisticated Use,” Canadian Family Law Quarterly, 2009
- Co-Author with Kimberley Santerre, “Property Under the Family Law Act”, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, 2017
- Co-Author with Jane Reid, “The Use of Spousal Support Reviews in Canada”, Canadian Family Law Quarterly, 2018