Our Attorneys

We have the best attorneys in Vancouver

The attorneys of HildeBrandt LLP make up an effective team able to take on the most complex, challenging business litigation, intellectual property, family law, immigration, labor, estate planning, and many other legal matters. Our firm features several attorneys honored as Super Lawyers in Vancouver Monthly magazine and two Trial Lawyers of the Year as named by the Vancouver Trial Lawyers Association. Clients also benefit from the support services of our office staff.

DR. MANFRED HILDEBRANDT

Senior Associate

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Dr. Manfred Hildebrandt is a Senior Associate in the Private Client Team at Hildebrandt LLP. He specialises in the administration of deceased persons’ estates (Probate), with a particular focus on: estates that are complex; and or which have an international element and or; which have become contentious (he liaises with his Dispute Resolution colleagues on the latter). He also advises upon the preparation of wills and lifetime gifts and inheritance planning to include the preparation and administration of trusts. Hildebrandt acts for executors, administrators, trustees and individuals seeking to plan their lifetime affairs. He guides clients through the legal and tax complexities (inheritance and certain other taxes) arising during a lifetime and particularly upon death. Hildebrandt has conversational French and German which assist him in dealing with the international aspects of estates.


He is an executive board member of the Vancouver Association for Justice; as well as a member of the State Bar of Vancouver and the South Wales Association for Justice. He has experience in contract drafting, contract disputes, building contractor issues, business representation, landlord tenant issues, real estate boundary disputes, road issues, contempt, writs of possession, recovery of unique and sentimental property, the Vancouver Consumer Protection Act, contract law, estate law, conservatorships, criminal law, the Vancouver Public Records Act (Vancouver's version of the Federal Freedom of Information Act), wills, powers of attorney, prenuptial agreements, family law issues, child custody issues, and family property disputes. In his free time, Hildebrandt enjoys golfing, camping, fly fishing, boating, and mountain biking.

John Harding

Partner

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John represents individuals in relation to all areas of crime including police station advice, specialising particularly in relation to allegations of serious assaults, offences of a sexual nature and those relating to child abuse/abuse of positions of trust. He is listed as a leader in his field in crime, fraud and professional discipline (Chambers 2012). He is described as “a very strong lawyer” and wins considerable market acclaim for his “down to earth approach' and “good client care'. John represents clients in relation to all forms of serious fraud and business crime prosecuted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and other government agencies. He also acts for members of the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) providing regulatory and criminal advice including representation at inquest for senior police officers.


Civil trial practice, including representation of individuals and entities in real estate disputes, business litigation, and family law/domestic relations disputes, including alimony, child support and visitation issues, are a large part of John's practice. The remainder of his practice is dedicated to advising clients on business formation and sales issues as well as estate planning and administration, including drafting and probating of wills.

Anthony Macpherson

Partner

Anthony advises clients on financing and corporate matters. He has a broad experience in banking and finance matters including general corporate and individual lending, property finance, asset finance and acquisition finance. He advises on a whole range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, and private equity transactions. He also has experience on providing corporate finance advice to companies listing on the junior markets such as NEX Exchange and AIM. Anthony’s clients include a variety of banks, real estate developers and financiers, investment funds, HNWIs and private family offices. On finance transactions, he is predominantly borrower-mandated and advises on all aspects of investment and development facilities; tax driven schemes and structures including limited partnerships and offshore SPVs; work-outs and restructurings; and refinances. He advises founders, investors and entrepreneurs and the businesses they manage on corporate matters. Anthony was recognised in the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers list as a “Rising Star” in 2014 and 2015.

Eve Giles

Partner

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Eve specialises in white collar crime cases including overseas and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended many cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and OFT (the predecessor to the CMA). Her cases often involve an international dimension, including investigations by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and other US regulators, and she has a good network of US and European lawyers with whom she works.


Eve is currently acting for individuals in investigations involving the SFO, FCA, DOJ, CFTC, NYAG and CMA. This includes acting for individuals in overseas corruption, insider dealing, market abuse, LIBOR, FX and cartel investigations. Eve regularly acts for GCs, senior directors and individuals caught up in long-standing criminal and regulatory investigations. She is often instructed prior to, or in the early stages of, investigations and works hard to try and avoid her clients being charged wherever possible. Eve has an excellent track record defending clients in complex and often high profile prosecutions, securing numerous acquittals. Recent highlights include acting for Darrell Read, the ICAP broker who was acquitted at trial in the LIBOR II matter, which was prosecuted by the SFO and related to allegations of a conspiracy with Tom Hayes and others to manipulate the LIBOR rate. Eve also acted for Rebekah Brooks in Operation Elveden, the investigation and prosecution of her for conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. She was acquitted of all counts at trial. For further examples of Eve's work, please see the drop down menu below.