Swanson, Peter

Bernard LLP Barristers and Solicitors
1500 – 570 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V6C 3P1

Direct Tel: 604-661-0607
Fax: 604-681-1788
Email: swanson@bernardllp.ca


Peter Swanson is a lawyer practicing in Vancouver in the field of maritime law.  He routinely acts for P&I insurers, vessel owners and charterers.  He has extensive litigation experience before all levels of court including the B.C. Supreme Court, the Federal Court, the B.C. Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.    He is recognized by his legal peers as a leader in the field of maritime law.  He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada since being first published in Canada in 2006, is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada for transport/shipping law, is listed in Chambers Canada for shipping law, and is rated as Repeatedly Recommended for shipping and maritime law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Canadian Bar Association: Member
  • Canadian Bar Association Maritime Law Section: Past Chair for B.C. and current National Vice President
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association: Member
  • Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association: Arbitrating Member, director and past President
  • International Sailors Society Canada: director and past Chairman
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Member
  • Chamber of Shipping of BC., director



  • B.A (UBC 1985)
  • L.L.B. (UVic 1987)
  • Admitted Bar of British Columbia, 1988