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Matthew Nefstead

I have spent most of my legal career assisting individuals and communities with litigation matters, including environmental issues and Aboriginal rights and title. I have represented clients in court and regulatory proceedings, and have appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Environmental Appeals Board, and the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board).

I have experience in a wide range of general practice fields, and I’m happy to assist you with all of your legal issues. Currently, my practice primarily focuses on:

I joined Lyons Law Corporation in 2020, after working for several years as a sole practitioner. I have an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University and attended law school at the University of Victoria. I was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2014. Prior to law school, I worked for the Yukon Department of Environment in the field of contaminated sites remediation. Until recently, I taught a course on environmental law in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University.

I am often able to offer flexible and alternative retainer arrangements for public interest litigants dealing with environmental issues, and I am also happy to help facilitate funding applications to support such work. Through my work for land defenders at Fairy Creek, I have developed a particular interest in police accountability and enforcement powers in the context of environmental protest movements.

In my free time I enjoy cooking, vegetable gardening, fermentation projects, and playing board and roleplaying games with friends.

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I moved to Victoria from Ontario in 1978 to begin a long and varied career as a legal assistant. I grew up as a military brat living in British Columbia, Quebec, Colorado, and Ontario.

I have worked in the legal community in Victoria for four decades. My experience includes corporate and business law, real estate, estate planning and administration, and aboriginal law. I spent most of my career at a large downtown firm in Victoria and now enjoy being part of a smaller though equally dynamic and effective law firm. It has been quite a journey from typewriters and carbon paper to computers and paperless offices!

Throughout my career I have worked to enhance office effectiveness through clear communication and interaction with clients. I feel a great sense of accomplishment assisting clients with their various legal needs and have made many good friends along the way.

Outside of work I focus on hiking, reading, spending time with my grandchildren, and riding my new e-bike around Victoria.

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