Leon Beukman is a partner in our Insurance and Torts Liability Group and is based in our Vancouver office. He is also the National Leader of BLG’s Aviation Focus Group.
Leon has practised civil litigation for over 25 years, primarily defending clients against insurance claims, including automobile, aviation, and product liability. He is also experienced in commercial litigation including, but not limited to, complex contractual and other commercial litigation as well as professional negligence claims. Leon’s aviation practice includes acting for airlines, general aviation operators and manufacturers.
Leon has extensive experience acting as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in trials. He has appeared in both the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal, including conducting civil jury trials. He has also appeared in many Chambers applications including summary trials, and has conducted numerous mediations.
Before being called to the British Columbia Bar, Leon practised law in South Africa as a barrister/an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (SCSA) from 1991 until 1998 and as a solicitor/an attorney of the SCSA from 1989 to 1991. (Barristers and solicitors practise independently of each other in South Africa.)