THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 8 P A R T 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 655
MARK ANDREWS, Q.C.
By Jonathan Andrews, Simon Coval, Q.C., and Jennifer Francis
A few years ago, a senior judge and a Fasken litigator sat together
at a bench and bar event in downtown Vancouver. The judge,
it is fair to say, had a reputation for some toughness and not
being too easily impressed. On hearing that his neighbour
hailed from Fasken, however, he smiled. “Tell me,” he said, “what is it like
to practise with Mark Andrews?”
The answer is simple. It was wonderful.
Here is what it was like, from a note to one of his colleagues at the culmination
of a tough case that Mark had overseen but given to a colleague to
run. Reading it you can hear Mark’s voice, and his enthusiasm and goodwill
What a great day. And this has been your case all along. You have
achieved this very important outcome for the client with little help from
the rest of us. And it is a major achievement—it puts you in a very small
group of counsel capable of such feats. And you have achieved what the
court entrusted to you. I would be very proud to have done what you have
done. Good counsel make things happen and look what you have made
Enjoy this. It is a career case. And it deserves some contemplation.
We called this the “Mark Andrews stamp of approval”. It meant so much
because of his skill, high standards and honesty. Mark was the ultimate
team player, invariably giving his all when a colleague needed help, whatever
his own stresses at the time. He dug in to get you to the clearest and
strongest place possible. With that stamp of approval, you were set.