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Richard J. Berrow, Counsel

Richard J. Berrow

Counsel Fasken
Data breaches in the insurance industry are on the rise and a real threat to companies from a technological, privacy and public relations perspective.
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 1988
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver


Richard Berrow advises the firm’s clients on negotiating and obtaining insurance coverage and enforcing claims against their insurers, by negotiation and litigation. His practice includes coverage for directors and officers, transactional representations and warranties, fiduciary liability, errors and omissions, cyber risks, business interruption loss, and product liability, as well as general liability and property coverages for business.

He regularly handles complex insurance problems, including those arising from mergers and acquisitions, corporate insolvency and reorganization, and large mining and industrial risks and losses, and litigation cases requiring assessment of opposing parties’ insurance coverage. His clients’ successes have produced leading British Columbia decisions on the duty of liability insurers to provide independent defence counsel to their insureds, when foreign insurers must accept local law and jurisdiction, and coverage for defamation and unfair competition liabilities. Richard also advises clients and assists other firm lawyers with contract provisions for insurance coverage, risk allocation, and indemnity.

Richard represents numerous high-profile companies on their insurance matters including Toyota Canada, Cloudworks Energy, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He appears before the British Columbia courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, and is a frequent speaker and author at continuing legal education seminars on data breach issues and limitation of liability clauses (releases and waivers) and indemnities in commercial contracts.


Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB, Law Society Gold Medal, First in Class University of British Columbia
  • BA (Honours), English Honours Medal University of British Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Director, Ballet British Columbia (2011-2013)
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for British Columbia (1986-1987)


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

The New Societies Act: Time to Get Your (Societies) Act Together Charities and Not-For-Profit Seminar location location Vancouver Fasken Martineau
Protecting Yourself: Directors and Officers Indemnification and Insurance Institute of Corporate Directors, BC Chapter location location Vancouver
Boards/ Exit/ Hostile Takeovers, Second Annual Directors Workshop Angel Forum location location Vancouver


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