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Criminal law firm welcomes articled student Kyle Hunter

Kyle Hunter gained the best criminal law experience when he summered with our criminal law firm

Kyle Hunter, Articled Student

Kamloops criminal law firm, Smith Law Group, is pleased to welcome back Kyle Hunter, a recent TRU Law graduate. Kyle began his articles with Brad Smith, QC in August 2021. He is scheduled to complete the Professional Legal Training Course by September 2021.

Kyle first joined the law firm as a summer student in 2020 where he gained experience in criminal law while working with BC criminal lawyers Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee. Kyle is keen to continue working with Smith Law Group, helping people charged with a criminal offence or who are being investigated by the police.

“I don’t know who your lawyer is, but they must be GOOD!”

We get the best feedback from our clients! One client was recently arrested and taken into police custody on serious criminal charges just two hours before end of court day on a Friday of a long weekend. What does it mean when you’re arrested last-minute like that? It sure makes you wonder if someone wants you to spend your whole long weekend in custody. Generally, it takes time to reach a criminal lawyer and get the wheels of justice in motion. Many criminal defence law offices close early on the Friday before a long weekend—but not ours. We don’t want our clients stuck in custody for the weekend, usually after the police have tried to have a long chat with them “to get their side of the story”.

In this case, our client immediately called us and we got to work fast. It’s how we defend against criminal charges. If you or someone you know is under investigation by the police, or facing criminal charges, we have skilled criminal lawyers available and ready to help anywhere in BC, whether it be Kamloops, Williams Lake, Vernon… you name it.

This brief story ends well. Within those two hours, our client was released. As they left custody, an official said to them, “I don’t know who your lawyer is, but they must be GOOD!”

The client called us and told us about it—as they too headed out for the long weekend.

 

Summer of criminal law for TRU Law student

Irene Chan had a summer of criminal law in 2021 at our firm

Irene Shih, Summer Student

Smith Law Group has hired a Thompson Rivers University law student for the summer. Irene Shih, who has a strong interest in criminal law, has completed her second year of law school in Kamloops. Over the summer, Irene will gain practical experience in criminal law, under the supervision of Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee.

“The experience law students gain in working in our criminal law firm helps them on their journey to become lawyers,” said Brad Smith, QC. “It’s a fantastic opportunity which I’m pleased to offer to a student who is especially interested in criminal law. They gain practical knowledge as well as insight into the professional conduct of lawyers.”

Irene will attend court to watch legal proceedings and conduct research.

We’ve hired two summer students

Smith Law Group has hired two Thompson Rivers University law students for the summer. Kyle Hunter has completed his second year of law school, while Jill Wiberg has completed her first year of law school. Over the summer, Kyle and Jill will gain practical experience in criminal law, under the supervision of Brad Smith, QC and Danielle Ching McNamee.“I’m pleased to offer this opportunity to these law students,” said Brad Smith, QC. “For students to immerse themselves in a criminal law office, to learn about the practice of criminal law, is a huge advantage in their journey to become lawyers. They will gain practical knowledge as well as insight into the professional conduct of lawyers.”

The students will attend court to watch legal proceedings and conduct research.

Kyle Hunter gained the best criminal law experience when he summered with our criminal law firm
Kyle HunterJill Wiberg gained the best criminal law experience when she summered with our criminal law firm
Jill Wiberg

Danielle Ching McNamee joins Smith Law Group

Kamloops criminal defence lawyer Danielle Ching McNamee
Danielle Ching McNamee joined Smith Law Group in December 2019. Danielle is a top-ranked recent graduate of TRU law school who clerked with the Supreme Court of BC and articled with a prominent Kamloops law firm. She is a strong addition to the office and will work closely with senior criminal lawyer Brad Smith, QC to accomplish outstanding results for their clients throughout BC.

Danielle is focused on building a practice through helping clients resolve their criminal law problems.

Brad Smith appointed Queen’s Counsel

Kamloops criminal defence lawyer Brad Smith, QC
We are delighted to announce that Brad Smith, founding lawyer of Smith Law Group, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel, commonly known as QC. The QC designation formally recognizes exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Each year the Queen’s representative in BC, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, confers the QC designation on a small number of BC lawyers after a rigorous review process.

“I feel grateful to receive this honour,” said Brad. “I also feel grateful to be a member of the legal profession and to have the opportunity to serve my clients, community and society through the practice of law.”

Various Commonwealth countries appoint lawyers to the QC rank of “Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law.” In BC, candidates for the QC designation must be current members of the BC Bar for at least five years. They must also demonstrate professional integrity, good character and excellence in the practice of law.

Congratulations, Brad!

Client not guilty of first-degree murder

Brad Smith had a big win in BC Supreme Court in Prince George this year. He acted for a client accused of first-degree murder of another man. Brad’s client was found not-guilty of first-degree murder and guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Heavily reported in local media, the trial ran from October 2017 to February 2018 and involved more than 80 witnesses. This criminal law trial is not yet over though. Brad’s client awaits the judge’s sentencing decisions, scheduled for later this summer.

Read about the case