D. Peter Ramsay, Q.C.
D. Peter Ramsay, Q. C., has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree, all from the University of British Columbia. His Masters thesis was on the Wills Variation Act and related estate litigation matters. He was called to the Bar in 1970. Peter was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. He is a founding partner of the law firm of Ramsay Lampman Rhodes.
Peter has taught law courses at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University). From 2002 to 2010 he taught wills and estates, trusts, real property, torts and professional responsibility at the University of British Columbia Law School. He now teaches personal planning in the Simon Fraser University Master of Applied Legal Studies program.
In addition, Mr. Ramsay has served as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and as both as a board member and the Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the British Columbia Law Institute. He recently chaired the Succession Law Reform Project for the British Columbia Law Institute which delivered a 345-page report to the British Columbia Attorney General. This report was the foundation for the Wills, Estates and Succession Act which on March 31, 2014 modernized the law of succession in British Columbia. He also chaired a project committee tasked with making recommendations for the reform of the court probate and administration rules and assisted in drafting what is now Civil Rule 25, the new probate rule.
Peter practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and estate and civil litigation. He has litigated in the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.