Biography

I joined Murphy Battista in January 2019 as Associate Counsel where I will be continuing my work as a class action litigator. In this regard, I am again acting on behalf of Dennis Manuge in a proposed class action against the Government of Canada with respect to the recently disclosed $165 million error in the calculation of disability benefits payable to former members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP.

My legal practice focuses on pension and benefits and large scale class actions. In this capacity I previously acted as lead counsel in Manuge v. Her Majesty The Queen; and Buote/White v. Her Majesty The Queen resulting in a $1 Billion benefits payout for disabled veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP. I continue to represent individual members of pension and disability plans regarding their rights and entitlements to benefits.

I am also Chair of the Veterans Legal Assistance Foundation established as result of a $1 Million dollar donation from McInnes Cooper and Branch MacMaster. The VLAF provides legal funding to veterans with respect to their benefit entitlements arising from service.

Years of Call & Jurisdictions

  • British Columbia, 2016
  • Alberta, 2014-2017
  • Bermuda, 2000
  • Nova Scotia, 1995

Education

  • Dalhousie University, LL.B, 1994
  • Acadia, BA, 1991

Positions

  • Chair, Veterans Legal Assistance Foundation

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers of British Columbia

In the News

Murphy Battista’s Kelowna office is participating in proposed class action over miscalculation of veterans pension benefits

February 27, 2019

Peter J. Driscoll and Bill Dick, Q.C. are working on a proposed class action lawsuit concerning an accounting error in the calculation of disability awards and pensions at Veterans Affairs. The error ran undetected for eight years and resulted in shortchanging more than 250,000 former soldiers, sailors and aircrew. We…

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  • Coach, Kelowna Minor Hockey Association
  • Coach, Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association
  • Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance, Level 1

When it’s just not right, or it’s just not fair, we’re going to damn well do something about it.

P.J. Driscoll

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