• BA, UBC (1953)
  • LLB, UBC (1956)
  • Called to the B.C. Bar (1957)
  • Called to the Yukon Bar (1967)
Thomas R. Braidwood, Q.C.
  • Granted a Q.C. on December 3, 1971 at the age of 41
  • Appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on December 6, 1990 and the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and Yukon Territory on December 19, 1996, retiring on December 29, 2006


  • Founding partner in the law firm of Braidwood, Nuttall & MacKenzie, later to become Braidwood MacKenzie Fujisawa & Company. The firm MacKenzie Fujisawa was created in 1991 following Mr. Braidwood’s appointment to the Bench
  • Active participation in continuing legal education
  • Elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and appointed as a Life Bencher Tutor in the articles program
  • Guest lecturer, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1982
  • Member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre

He represents litigants in diverse areas of the law, practising in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Braidwood’s trial and appellate experience includes:

  • acting for the federal government in R. v. Sparrow, a leading modern native rights case;
  • Fales v. Canada Permanent Trust Co., a leading case on the duties of trustees;
  • complex construction litigation cases (one lasting over 121 days);
  • criminal cases; and
  • motor vehicle accident cases.

Mr. Braidwood also argued the London Drugs case in the Court of Appeal, which allowed the advertising of prescription drugs in British Columbia, and acted for the federal government against the Law Society of British Columbia in AG of Canada v. Law Society of British Columbia, a case that focused on the authority of the Law Society to place restrictions on the rights of lawyers to advertise their services.

While on the Court of Appeal he wrote a dissent in the Catholic Children’s Aid case, the reasons of which formed the basis for the amendment of the law of trusts in British Columbia.

Mr. Braidwood is active in the field of arbitration as counsel and arbitrator. Recently, he served as an arbitrator in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery dispute in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He was the Commissioner in the appropriate use of CEWs (tasers) and wrote the report Restoring Public Confidence: Restricting the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons in British Columbia (2009). He was also the Commissioner responsible for investigating the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport, and wrote the report Why? The Robert Dziekanski Tragedy (2010).

Mr. Braidwood sat as an arbitrator of the dispute on the cost overrun in the construction of the paper machine at Elk Falls. He participated in a “mock test argument” of the BC government’s case against the tobacco industry and has led other arbitrations on property evaluation, domestic, public and private.