Carfra Lawton LLP | Victoria BC

Susan L. Beach

Associate


  • Areas of Practice
    • Personal injury ICBC
    • Medical malpractice
    • Employment
    • Human rights
    • Fire law
  • My Bio

    Susan Beach’s litigation practice includes over 25 years of a wide range of litigation including medical malpractice, ICBC personal injury, employment law, human rights, Workers Compensation claims, disability insurance, municipal law and law relating to wild fires. As a former RN with a B.Sc. in Nursing she has an efficient and thorough understanding of clinical records and bodily injury. During her career as a Registered Nurse Susan had the opportunity to work in a variety of departments including Emergency, the NICU, ICU, the Burn Unit, Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Her primary focus for many years was Neurology/Neurosurgery, in particular, brain injuries.
    She was appointed Team Leader on over 200 files to recover fire suppression costs for the Province which involved negligence, breach of contract and breach of the Forest Practices Code. Topics included cause investigation, negligence and determining fire suppression costs, timber loss and environmental losses.
    She looks forward to defending on medical malpractice and ICBC claims as well as continuing her practice of employment, human rights and fire-related claims.
    She has appeared before many different tribunals and the Provincial and Supreme Courts and the Court of Appeal.

  • What is your favourite location to travel in BC?

    My favourite local place to sail is Montague Harbour, Galiano Island with its’ exquisite sunsets and white sand it’s as if I am transported to a tropical island.

  • What is your deepest obsession outside of work?

    Sailing, we have a 35 foot older Beneteau sailboat and we enjoy sailing one of the best protected bodies of water in the world right off our beaches.

  • What is your perfect meal?

    Lamb marinated in a Mediterranean marinade with mint sauce, roast potatoes and asparagus, all cooked by my husband!

  • Stats & Facts

    Year called to the bar
    Bar of British Columbia - 1992

    Education
    Nursing RN Diploma (Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing) - 1984
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours (University of Victoria) - 1988
    Juris Doctorate (University of Victoria) - 1991

    Memberships
    CBA Civil Litigation
    CBA Employment Law
    Trial Lawyers of BC

    Boards
    Community Care and Licensing Appeal Board - 2019 – Present

    Career
    Associate, Carfra Lawton LLP – 2020 to Present
    Associate, Harris Brun – 2019 to 2020
    Senior Litigatior, Labour Rights Law – 2018 to 2019
    Partner, Stewart MacDannold Stuart – 2014 to 2016
    Associate, Stewart MacDannold Stuart – 2011 to 2013
    Partner, Cox Taylor – 2003 to 2008
    Associate, Cox Taylor – 1995 to 2008
    Associate, Firestone & Company – 1992 to 1995
    Registered Nurse, BC Children’s Hospital – 1986 to 1991
    Registered Nurse, Vancouver General Hospital (Burn Unit) – 1985 to 1986
    Registered Nurse, Vancouver General Hospital (General Surgical Unit) – 1984 to 1985