Philip A. Riddell, QC

Criminal Lawyer

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#6222 - 2850 Shaughnessy St. (map)
Port Coquitlam, B.C.,
Canada V3C-6K5
Phone: 604.520.6033  click to call
     par@riddell.bc.ca
     24hr. Emergency only 604.818.1217


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About Phil

Philip Riddell was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1989. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2018.

Phil graduated UBC in 1988 with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degrees.

For the last 30 years he has engaged in the practice of law, and in the early part of his career he dealt with civil litigation, family law and criminal law matters. In 1993 he accepted a position with Westminster Community Legal Services Society and acted as a public defender for approximately 2 ½ years. In 1995 he returned to private practice as a sole practitioner in the Lower Mainland.

For the past 2 decades his practice has been restricted to the practice of criminal law. This practice has involved principally the defence of individuals charged with criminal and regulatory offences. The range of cases defended range from murder, sexual assault, possession and trafficking of controlled substances, weapons offences, and all variety of driving offences including defences in fatalities and serious injury. Phil believes that there are unintended consequences which can arise from being charged with criminal offences. This has led him to be involved in administrative law cases including taking judicial reviews against decisions of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles and as against other administrative bodies. He has also been involved in dealing with professional regulators for clients who have been charged with criminal offences.

In 2011 he was elected as a Bencher, one of the 25 lawyers elected by the lawyers of the Province of British Columbia, to govern the functioning of the Law Society of British Columbia. He was elected by the lawyers of the County of Westminster as a Bencher for the County in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. As of the end of 2019, Phil became a Life Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, given that he has served the maximum number of terms that a lawyer can serve as a Bencher. While a Bencher of the Law Society Phil was involved in a number of committees including the Discipline Committee, the Credentials Committee, the Governance Committee, the Access to Legal Services Committee, the Rule of Law Committee, and several other committees. He has also acted as the Chair of Hearing Panels in which issues such as whether a person should be admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia and determine if a lawyer has professionally mis-conducted himself and if so what sanctions should be imposed.

He accepted an appointment by the Law Society of British Columbia Phil became a member of the Legal Services Society of British Columbia (Legal Aid BC) Board. He served on that Board as well asthe Stakeholders Engagement Committee and theFinance Committee.

Phil has also served the legal community in a variety of other ways including being elected by the lawyers of Westminster County to the Provincial Council of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, serving on the Advisory Committee to Judicial Council and the President of the New Westminster Bar Association.

Phil has taught courses through the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia to help train lawyers with respect to developing areas of the law. He has been invited to and has taught members of the RCMP through their various internal training programs dealing with issues such as search warrants. He has been involved in the Professional Legal Training Course through the Law Society of British Columbia teaching articled students courses dealing with ethics and cross-examination. He has also been involved in teaching through the British Columbia Institute of Technology students involved in the Forensic Science program about the medical aspects of alcohol.

Phil has been involved in a number of community based volunteer activities including a 10 year involvement with a local community center sitting on the Board and also acting as the board solicitor, volunteering for minor sports, and engaging in various pro bono programs through the years.