* Richard S Fowler provides legal services through a law corporation.

Practice Profile

Richard regularly represents clients in all levels of Court in British Columbia and in the Yukon. He has extensive experience in both jury and non-jury trials of allegations such as murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, kidnapping, extortion, drug offences, fraud, dangerous offender hearings, and serious driving offences.

He has successfully argued appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal for Yukon, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before the Review Board designated to assess the needs of individuals found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible because of mental disorder. He represents clients in courthouses across B.C. and Yukon as well as in Youth Court.

Richard has extensive experience working as part of a legal team on large, complex cases. His experience includes managing a team of lawyers representing one of the accused in the Air India case and he was co-counsel with David Gibbons, Q.C. on the successful defence of former B.C. Premier Glen Clark against breach of trust and fraud charges.

Richard serves on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyer’s Association of British Columbia, he is a Director of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, he is also a Director of the BC Association of Legal Aid Lawyers, and he serves as Treasurer of the Western Front Foundation. In 2016 Richard appeared on behalf of the CCCDL before the House of Commons Standing Committees on Justice and Human Rights regarding access to Legal Aid and Medical Assistance in Dying.

In 2014 Richard was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

 

Other Professional Activities

Outside of his criminal practice, Richard Fowler, Q.C. has been a regular presenter at advocacy courses in Canada and the United States focusing on how technology can be used to enhance courtroom performance on behalf of clients. He also has a particular interest in the law governing the use and misuse of expert evidence during trials.

In 2011 Richard was awarded the Milvain Chair in Advocacy by the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

In addition, Richard is active in the following areas and activities:

  • Member of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, an international organization of lawyers committed to protecting the human rights of lawyers who work around the world protecting the rights of others;
  • Past guest speaker at the Professional Legal Training Course run by the Law Society of British Columbia and at the UBC Law School; and
  • A regular guest speaker at conferences and seminars in the areas of criminal law, advocacy skills, and legal technology.
  • Chair and organizer of Continuing Legal Education Conferences for the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.
  • Guest speaker at the UBC Law School
  • Advocacy coach for UBC Law Students
  • Guest speaker at Continuing Legal Education of BC Courses

Richard Fowler has appeared on television and radio to provide analysis and commentary on legal issues, and is frequently contacted by the print media for comment on current criminal cases.

Richard Fowler was also profiled in The Verdict Magazine‘s 157 summer 2018 edition. The Verdict Magazine is a quarterly publication of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.

Education & Training

Mr. Fowler holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, England and earned his LL.B in 1994 from McGill University. He articled under David Gibbons, Q.C. After being called to the Bar in 1995 he continued to work with David. In 1997 David Gibbons Q.C., Richard Fowler and Matthew Nathanson formed the firm of Gibbons Fowler Nathanson. After David Gibbons Q.C. passed away in 2004, Richard continued the firm of Gibbons Fowler. In September 2011, he brought his experience and skill to the new firm of Fowler and Smith, Barristers. After Lyndsay Smith was appointed to be a judge of the Provincial Court of B.C., we decided to change the name of the firm to Fowler and Blok to reflect the contributions Ms. Blok made to the success of the firm.

 

Jurisdictions

Member of the Law Society of British Columbia

Member, Law Society of the Yukon

Reported Cases