Who We Are

Our Story

Driven by innovation, not bound by tradition: at Boughton Law, we've been doing things differently since 1949. We're proud to be your full-service law firm of choice.

Doing Things Differently for 75 years

This year, Boughton Law celebrates a significant milestone: our 75th anniversary. Our firm has been built on the belief that simplicity triumphs over complexity, and our lawyers exemplify this with their undeniable expertise. Known for their deep knowledge, our lawyers embody the excellence and community engagement we value.

Read our anniversary blog to learn more about our journey.

Clients Come First

Boughton Law takes a proactive, knowledge driven approach to solving your legal challenges. That means that we specialize in finding creative, outside-of-the-box solutions that utilize our team’s experience, our strategic partnerships (such as our affiliation with Meritas®), and our passion for work. Ultimately, our focus is you. Client relationships are a top priority, and we’ll always treat you with respect and dignity while delivering sound legal advice you can trust.

West Coast from the Start

Boughton Law has been based in Vancouver ever since James Edgar Boughton, K.C., and Leslie R. Peterson, K.C. graduated from UBC law school in 1949. After starting individual practices in the heart of downtown, Jim and Les joined forces to build Boughton into the full-service law firm that it is today.

Global Reach

We offer legal counsel beyond the borders of British Columbia thanks to our affiliation with Meritas®, a global network of independent law firms.

Meritas® Worldwide

Established in 1990, Meritas® is a global alliance of independent, full-service law firms with more than 7,000 lawyers in over 90 countries worldwide. Meritas® firms offer a full range of legal services to meet every client’s needs. To learn more visit www.meritas.org.

Meritas® membership is selective and by invitation only. Maintaining a membership requires adherence to the tenets of Meritas’® unique and comprehensive Quality Assurance Program. As a member firm, Boughton Law is regularly re-assessed and recertified for the breadth of our practice expertise and level of client satisfaction. We’re proud to have met these strict standards for more than 20 years.

Legal Counsel Beyond B.C.

In Canada, Meritas® has representation in all provinces and territories. Membership is limited to one law firm per jurisdiction, and Boughton Law’s election as B.C.’s member firm distinguishes us within the region.

Our membership in this exclusive network allows us to draw on global expertise and provide referrals throughout the world, enhancing our international capabilities and expanding the services we provide.

Flexibility You Can Trust

Working with a Meritas® member firm means enjoying the same advantages you’ve come to expect from Boughton Law. Clients can expect greater flexibility in terms of customized billing and local rates, as well as comprehensive working knowledge of local, cultural, and jurisdictional issues.


We’re proud to take an active role in the future of our communities. Learn more about what makes Boughton Law unique.

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Community Leaders

As engaged citizens and active community members, the lawyers at Boughton Law work tirelessly to have the greatest impact on local and professional communities. Learn more about the contributions that Boughton Law's alumni have made.

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