Areas of Practice
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Occupiers liability
- Property & casualty
- Sports & recreation
Kismet Bhandar is an insurance litigator with eighteen years’ experience defending personal injury, occupiers liability and property damage claims. Her meticulous, detailed approach to file review and planning provides her with the knowledge needed to progress a claim efficiently towards resolution and to avoid unnecessary actions.
Kismet has an open, approachable and cooperative style that lets her work effectively both with her clients and with challenging plaintiffs and opposing counsel. She fosters a sense of teamwork with her clients and works with them to reach a positive resolution to the conflict. She has a full appreciation of the unique communication and reporting needs of each insurer and individual adjuster and makes every effort to ease their work requirements.
Kismet served on the executive for the Victoria Bar Association for over a decade and was president in 2014. Since 2011, she has sat on the Board of Directors of YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island serving on various sub-committees including the Camp Thunderbird Steering committee.
What is your favourite location to travel to in BC for work?
Comox Valley and Okanagan are two locations that are always a pleasure to work in. They have wonderful food and wine. Their small town feel and beautiful natural environments rival Victoria.
How do you explain your job to your family?
My primary goal is to find a fair result for a claim. Even though I am a litigator, most of the claims I defend settle prior to going to court. Most of my litigation skills are used in writing, on the phone or at discoveries and mediations. And the primary litigation skill I use is negotiation.
Stats & Facts
Called to the Bar of British Columbia - 1998
University of Victoria: LL.B. - 1997
Carleton University: CTESL - 1991
Carleton University: B.A. in English Literature - 1987
President, Victoria Bar Association - 2014
Vice-President, Victoria Bar Association - 2013
Board of Directors YM/WCA of Greater Victoria
Partner, Carfra Lawton LLP - 2013 to present
Associate, Carfra Lawton LLP - 2000 to 2013
Associate, Johns Southward Glazier Walton & Margetts - 1998 to 1999
English instructor at colleges in Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON - 1991 to 1994
English Instructor, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Ishikawa, Japan - 1988 to 1990