Tony Wilson*, Q.C.

Associate Counsel


Direct: 604 684 1800
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Assistant: Cassandra Robinson

Direct: 604 605 5637

Practice Areas
Areas of Expertise
  • Franchising
  • Confidential Information, Trade Secrets & Non-Disclosure
  • Copyright
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Licensing
  • Privacy
  • Software, Technology & eCommerce
  • Trade Marks

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Tony Wilson, regularly practices in the areas of franchising, licensing and IP law and is ranked as a leading Canadian Franchise lawyer by LEXPERT, Who’sWho Legal and Best Lawyers in Canada. He acts for national and international Franchisors and prepares franchise agreements, Franchise Disclosure Documents and related documentation to enable businesses to franchise in Canada. He also assists franchisees, master franchisees, area developers and distributors with negotiating their agreements, and maintains one of the largest hotel, restaurant and hospitality industry practices in Western Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association and has served as legal counsel to the Pacific Regional Council of the CFA. Tony was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.

Tony is the author of Buying a Franchise in Canada: Understanding and Negotiating your Franchise Agreement, the only comprehensive legal guide for persons seeking to buy franchised businesses in Canada.

He is also the author of Manage Your Online Reputation, a book written to guide individuals and businesses on how to monitor and protect their personal and corporate reputations on social media. He regularly speaks and writes on both areas of law to members of the public and is often interviewed by CBC, Global News and other broadcasters respecting social media law and online reputation management.

He is a regular business columnist for the Globe and Mail and Lawyers Weekly. His articles have appeared in the Globe, Macleans Magazine, BC Restaurant News, Franchise Entrepreneur, Teacher, World Trademark Review and other publications. He also writes two widely read regular humour columns for Bartalk and Canadian Lawyer magazines.

In addition to his franchise practise, Tony advises clients on intellectual property matters such as software and technology licensing and on all aspects of trade mark, copyright, trade secrets, confidentiality, privacy law and on-line reputation management law.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser UniversityThompson Rivers University Law School, and a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia.

To learn more about Tony’s practice, watch his video on Cross Border Intellectual Property and Franchising.

  • University of Western Ontario, B.A.
  • University of Victoria, LL.B.
  • Year of Call: 1986 (B.C.)