Brandon is a mediator in both family and civil cases. He is committed to mediated resolution where possible.
Brandon has over a decade of experience helping people, organizations, and families effectively overcome obstacles and reach their goals. Brandon adheres to the Law Society’s Best Practice Guidelines for Family Lawyers, and believes that minimizing the emotional impact on all concerned generally stands to create the best, most sustainable outcomes. There is a depth of focused calm to his work, and he never seems to forget that at the end of the day, his clients are real people, with real life issues that matter to them on a very personal level.
Family law matters often concern an intricate mix of legal, emotional, and financial issues, and Brandon utilizes his diverse set of skills to help his client create and decide on creative, pragmatic solutions. These strategies, first gained through a hands-on business education, are enriched by a deep knowledge in alternative dispute resolution (including certifications in civil and family mediation; and collaborative law). Brandon believes in co-creating a pathway through litigation with his clients: he strives to clearly explain the law as it applies to his clients’ situations to empower them in the litigation process, and provide them options which will allow them to create the best outcomes for themselves and their families.
When litigation is required, Mr. Hastings believes in settlement-focused litigation. Settlement-focused litigation is the process of using all of the tools at your disposal, including the court process, to negotiate effectively and increase the chances of settlement.
Brandon has been in court since his first year of law school. He took a client to trial on the afternoon of his last final exam in first year as part of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and was selected to attend the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an exchange student, where he participated in masters-level courses taught by law professors from some of the world’s leading universities, including NYU.
In his personal life, Brandon is passionate about volunteerism and access-to-justice. He prides himself on working in teams to build solutions that benefit others. Brandon is a Brandon D. Hastings, B.B.A. (Dist)., J.D self-taught computer programmer, and has worked with the BC Provincial Government as a Subject Matter Expert, drawing on his experience in civil and family litigation. Brandon also regularly writes and presents to lawyers and non-lawyers on legal topics.
Family Law Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia, 2017
Member of the Mediate BC Civil Mediator Roster, 2015
British Columbia Bar Admission, 2015
University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 2013
Bachelor of Business Administration (with Distinction)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Business, 2010
Over 184 hours of professional development in 2016 and 2017, including: The Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children
Justice Institute of British Columbia, June 2017
The Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults
Justice Institute of British Columbia, May 2017
Mediated Agreements and Related Court Orders
Justice Institute of British Columbia, March 2017
Family Violence Screening for Litigators & DR Professionals
Continuing Legal Education BC, May 2016
Introductory Interdisciplinary Training in the Collaborative Family Process
BC Roadmap Trainers – Bev Churchill and Cathie Heinrichs, June 2016
BC Family Justice: Systematic and Cultural Change, and the FLA
Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, October 2017
Pitfalls of Negative Net Worth: Family Debt and Section 82
Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, February 2016
A2J Evolution: Time for a Redesign
Canadian Bar Association: National Magazine, December 2016
Personal Injury Across Provinces: Dimensions of Auto Insurance in Canada
Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, October 2016
Trial by Ambush in BC: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to into the courtroom…
Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, August 2016
Legal Futures Roundups (ongoing)
Canadian Bar Association: National Magazine, August 2016 – present
Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia: Provincial Council
Representative for Westminster | September 2017 – September 2018
8 th and 9th Justice Summits: Technology
CBABC Steering Committee Appointee | March 2017 – present
City of Richmond, British Columbia: Family and Youth Court Committee
Member | January 2017 – present
Vancouver Legal Hackers
Co-Founder | November 2016 – present
Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia: Court Services Committee
Member | September 2016 – present
Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia: BarTalk Magazine Editorial Board Editorial Board
Member | October 2015 – present
Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
Executive Member, Secretary | September 2014 – present
Black Belt in Tong Moo Do
Orange Belt in Shito Ryu Karate
SCUBA Diving: PADI Rescue Diver
Wrote the code, from scratch, for https://www.bhastings.com
Co-founded Vancouver Legal Hackers
Chan v Chan, 2014 BCSC 2422 (https://canlii.ca/t/gfr7w)
Brandon pictured scuba diving in his spare time.