Areas of Practice
- Health law
- Libel and defamation
- Occupiers liability
- Property & casualty
Giles calls on his decade of personal injury experience to help parties resolve their complex and challenging claims. His areas of practice include bodily injury, insurance, defamation and government claims. He is a keen cyclist with interests in cycling liability and mild traumatic brain injury litigation.
Giles has a background in commercial and contractual litigation in Australia, England and Canada. He practiced law in Queensland, New South Wales and England prior to being called in Ontario and British Columbia. Giles has conducted jury trials in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Superior Court of Ontario, and an inquest before a jury in British Columbia. Giles has performed judge alone trials in the Superior Court of Ontario, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Small Claims Court of Ontario and the Provincial Court of British Columbia, and appeared in numerous applications in superior courts in Ontario and British Columbia.
He is a member of the Victoria Bar Association and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.
What is your favourite location to travel to in BC for work?
I like to travel to the interior of British Columbia for work. The more I get to know this province the more it reminds me of my home state in Australia, Queensland. I am not talking about all the lifties in Whistler either. Whether it is the focus on natural resources such as forestry in Quesnel or energy in Terrace and Fort St. John, or whether it’s the self reliant and friendly people, it just reminds me of home.
What advice would you offer someone starting out as an insurance defence lawyer?
Acting for people who had the foresight to be insured is more rewarding than many people think. It is only when you need a lawyer on your side that you appreciate that litigation can be stressful and difficult, and having someone to guide and advise you through the process is essential to navigating the system with the minimum disruption to your life.
What is your dream car?
Tesla Model S. My wife wants a seven seater, I want an electric car, and it would be a nice fringe benefit to be able to go 0-100 faster than a BMW M5.
Stats & Facts
Year called to the bar
Called to the Bar of British Columbia - 2009
Called to the Bar of Upper Canada (Ontario) - 2006
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England, Wales and New South Wales - 2000
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia - 1998
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia:
B.A. Government & Law and LLB – 1993
LL.B. - 1995
Victoria Bar Association
Secretary, OCTA Collective Society - 2011 to 2016
Partner, Carfra Lawton LLP - 2012 to present
Associate, Carfra Lawton LLP - 2009 to 2011
Associate with the firm Thompson, Tooze, McLean & Elkin, in Toronto, Ontario - 2006 to 2009
Articled Student with the firm Thompson, Tooze, McLean & Elkin, in Toronto, Ontario - 2005
Associate with the firm Atanaskovic Hartnell in Sydney, Australia - 2000 to 2001
Articled Clerk at the firm Freehills, Brisbane, Australia - 1996 to 1998
Awards / Accolades
Law Faculty Moot Competition Winner, 1993
Represented Australia in school sailing and represented Australia and Canada in ultimate frisbee