Scott is driven by a passion for finding creative ways to use the law to help people. He comes from a litigation background, and worked in a variety of areas before deciding to focus on family law and estates matters.
Despite starting his career as a dyed-in-the-wool litigator, Scott knows from experience that the best approach to assisting a client is the one that will get the best results, with the lowest cost and the least disruption to their life. This usually means taking a combination of approaches to their legal issues and helping them connect with other professionals who can support them throughout their dispute and beyond. Scott has experience with family law issues of all kinds, including untangling or protecting complex assets, parenting disputes (including parental alienation), and unusual child support and spousal support problems.
As a complement to the financial aspects of his family law practice, Scott also assists clients with their estate planning needs. Whether or not a client is facing a family law matter, Scott is available to advise on a wide variety of estates issues, including the preparation and execution of wills, powers of attorney and representation agreements.
Scott previously had the pleasure of practicing law alongside both Alex Boland and Leisha Murphy at Farris and they remain two of his favourite lawyers and people. He is thrilled to be working with them again and to have the opportunity to bring Connect’s approach to family law to the Okanagan.
Scott is a member of the board of the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan Similkameen and finds this work a rewarding way of giving back to a community that has welcomed him with open arms since he moved to Kelowna. He also stays engaged with his legal peers as a member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law section in the Okanagan. This helps him get to know and stay in touch with other local family lawyers, which can be advantageous in finding quick and efficient solutions for clients.
At home, Scott enjoys playing with his impractical British cars, cooking a limited variety of cuisines poorly, and sipping Scotch so peaty that it tastes like dirt to everyone else. Before his legal career, Scott obtained two degrees in history, and he keeps up this interest in areas as diverse as the Napoleonic-era Royal Navy and the environmental history of the Pacific coast of North America.