Meet the Waymark Team

Denice Barrie - Waymark Law Founder

Denice Barrie

President & Founder

Denice Barrie is the founder of Waymark Law. Access to justice has been the focus of her practice throughout a career which has ranged from representing injured workers to Supreme Court family litigation.

Since 2007 Denice has assisted Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) both in person and over the phone and has seen many of them achieve some remarkable results.

She brings to Waymark her extensive experience along with a confirmed belief that with some strategic professional assistance, SRLs can reach a better quality of justice.

 

  • Lawyer
  • Author
  • Workshop Leader
  • Program Developer
  • Social Justice Innovator

Articles, Papers and Presentations

Author, Journey to Justice: A Practical Guide to Effectively Representing Yourself in Court (2015)

Author, The Family Advocacy Network – A Model for Delivering Specialized Family Law Advocacy Services in BC, Law Foundation of British Columbia (2014)

Presenter, Law Foundation of BC Advocacy Training Conference (2015), Public Commission on Legal Aid (2011)

Memberships

Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Upper Canada

Rankings and Recognition

Recipient, Canada 125 Award in recognition of significant community contribution

Nominee,  British Columbia Mental Health Society (Riverview Hospital) Provincial Advocacy Award

Year of Call

1984 Ontario
1994 British Columbia

Education

Queen’s University Law School, LLB, 1982
University of Guelph, BA, 1979
University of Guelph, Dip. Agr, 1976
Clodagh O'Connell - Waymark Law

Clodagh O'Connell

After being called to the Bar in 2013 Clodagh ran her own litigation-oriented practice, with offices in Nanaimo, Victoria and Tofino, British Columbia. She continues to run her own practice, assisting clients in the areas of human rights, mental health law and civil sexual assault. As a Waymark lawyer she provides assisted self-representation on family and civil law matters.

Clodagh is passionate about access to justice. As Executive Director of the non-profit Street Legal Nanaimo she gave free legal clinics on poverty law issues.  As a volunteer lawyer for Access Pro Bono, she has given monthly legal advice clinics at the Justice Access Centre in Nanaimo and at Alberni Community and Womens’ Services (ACAWS) in Port Alberni.

Clodagh continues to work with various stakeholders on access to justice initiatives.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Clodagh was a rock journalist in Canada and Europe, and a screenwriter.

  • Human Rights
  • Civil Sexual Assault
  • Assisted Self-Representation
  • Mental Health

Articles, Papers and Presentations

Presenter, Public Commission on Legal Aid (2011)

Article, Specialized Courts for Sexual Assault? (The Georgia Straight, February 19, 2016)

Keynote Address, Sexual Assault Trial Reform: A Grassroots Movement That is Gathering Steam (Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society AGM, June 23, 2016)

Year of Call

2013 British Columbia