Founders

Alan Hunter

Alan D. Hunter Q.C.

William E. Code

William E. Code Q.C.

Fundamental to our success is a commitment to excellence in legal advocacy as established by our founders, Bill Code and Alan Hunter, two of Western Canada’s most distinguished barristers.

Throughout his career, Mr. Code was highly regarded as a champion advocate for Alberta’s agricultural and ranching industries.  He was the court-appointed inspector into the business and affairs of the Principal Group of Companies from 1987 to 1989, which came to be known as the Code Inquiry. Mr. Code served as president and a past bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, and has been a NAFTA panellist since 1993 (he was a member of the NAFTA panel in the highly publicized Soft Wood Lumber Appeal, held in Washington, D.C.).  During his 50+ years at the bar, Mr. Code argued numerous seminal cases dealing with civil, commercial and constitutional issues, including R. v. Stinchcombe which remains the leading decision regarding the Crown’s disclosure obligations in prosecuting offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.  Bill Code retired from active practice in 2008.

Alan Hunter is regarded as one of Canada’s most accomplished civil and constitutional litigators.  He was a relentless advocate for individual rights and freedom of expression, having appeared on numerous occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada in cases involving judicial independence, elections, education and treaty and aboriginal rights.  Mr. Hunter was a tireless proponent of pro bono and access to justice initiatives, and was a member of the advisory committees of both Calgary Legal Guidance and Pro Bono Law Alberta.  He served as president and a past bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, was a director of the Environmental Law Centre and Chairman of the Alberta Law Reform Institute, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law to which he lent considerable support over the course of his career.  Mr. Hunter was a member of the Barristers Society, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the esteemed Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.  He was awarded the Law Society of Alberta’s Distinguished Service Award as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his immense contributions to our Province and profession.  Mr. Hunter passed away in April 2010.