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about us


DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS AND NEGOTIATING ON YOUR BEHALF IS REWARDING, VITAL AND IMPORTANT.

IN SOME CASES WE INFLUENCE LAWS AND SET PRECEDENTS THAT CHANGE THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

Our lawyers have diverse and experienced backgrounds, and we are all active in our profession and our communities – from volunteering for the Legal Services Society, teaching law students, engagement in legal and community advocacy, to attendance at legal conferences and professional meetings.

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about us


DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS AND NEGOTIATING ON YOUR BEHALF IS REWARDING, VITAL AND IMPORTANT.

IN SOME CASES WE INFLUENCE LAWS AND SET PRECEDENTS THAT CHANGE THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

Our lawyers have diverse and experienced backgrounds, and we are all active in our profession and our communities – from volunteering for the Legal Services Society, teaching law students, engagement in legal and community advocacy, to attendance at legal conferences and professional meetings.

 

DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS AND NEGOTIATING ON YOUR BEHALF IS REWARDING, VITAL AND IMPORTANT.

IN SOME CASES WE INFLUENCE LAWS AND SET PRECEDENTS THAT CHANGE THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

Our lawyers have diverse and experienced backgrounds, and we are all active in our profession and our communities – from volunteering for the Legal Services Society, teaching law students, engagement in legal and community advocacy, to attendance at legal conferences and professional meetings.

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Jeffrey R. Ray


Jeffrey R. Ray of Begbie Court Law is a New Westminster-based lawyer representing clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. His focus is on serious and complex criminal cases, both at the trial and appeal levels.  He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He routinely appears in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia on both conviction and sentence appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.

He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1987.  Thereafter he articled with the Department of Justice, Canada with a focus on trial advocacy.  He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1988 and commenced a criminal defence practice in New Westminster.  His practice has remained in New Westminster for over two and a half decades.

r. Ray is a regular speaker at the Professional Legal Training Course, the British Columbia’s Law Society’s bar admission course.  He frequently provides mentorship to younger lawyers in the practice of criminal law.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member – Law Society of BC, since 1988

Guest Lecturer – Professional Legal Training Course

Former Member – Criminal Tariff Committee, Legal Services Society

EDUCATION:

Simon Fraser University, 1982 – 1984

LL.B. – University of Saskatchewan, 1987

Jeffrey R. Ray


Jeffrey R. Ray of Begbie Court Law is a New Westminster-based lawyer representing clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. His focus is on serious and complex criminal cases, both at the trial and appeal levels.  He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He routinely appears in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia on both conviction and sentence appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.

He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1987.  Thereafter he articled with the Department of Justice, Canada with a focus on trial advocacy.  He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1988 and commenced a criminal defence practice in New Westminster.  His practice has remained in New Westminster for over two and a half decades.

r. Ray is a regular speaker at the Professional Legal Training Course, the British Columbia’s Law Society’s bar admission course.  He frequently provides mentorship to younger lawyers in the practice of criminal law.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member – Law Society of BC, since 1988

Guest Lecturer – Professional Legal Training Course

Former Member – Criminal Tariff Committee, Legal Services Society

EDUCATION:

Simon Fraser University, 1982 – 1984

LL.B. – University of Saskatchewan, 1987

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Jeffrey R. Ray

Jeffrey R. Ray

Mr. Ray graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 1987.  Thereafter he articled with the Department of Justice, Canada with a focus on trial advocacy.  He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1988 and commenced a criminal defence practice in New Westminster.  His practice has remained in New Westminster for over two and a half decades.

Although Mr. Ray represents clients charged with a variety of criminal offences, his focus is on serious and complex criminal cases, both at the trial and appeal levels.  He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He routinely appears in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia on both conviction and sentence appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.

Mr. Ray is a regular speaker at the Professional Legal Training Course, the British Columbia’s Law Society’s bar admission course.  He frequently provides mentorship to younger lawyers in the practice of criminal law.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Member – Law Society of BC, since 1988
  • Guest Lecturer – Professional Legal Training Course
  • Former Member – Criminal Tariff Committee, Legal Services Society

EDUCATION:

  • Simon Fraser University, 1982 – 1984
  • LL.B. – University of Saskatchewan, 1987

 

 
 

"IT’S CRITICAL THAT THERE’S AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD WHEN PEOPLE FACE STATE PROSECUTION. THAT’S WHERE I GET THE MOST SATISFACTION."

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Karen Mirsky


Karen Mirsky, New Westminster-based lawyer, practices entirely in the area of criminal law and represents clients at all levels of court. She conducts trials on general and complex cases including fraud, assault, firearms and weapons related offences, counterfeiting, murder and drug matters.

She is committed to social justice issues, having served on the Board of Directors for Pivot Legal Society for four years and the Board of PACE Society for three. She has also appeared on local and national media to speak on justice issues relating to women and sex workers.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

Law Society of BC since 2004

B.C. Civil Liberties Association

Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

Education:

B.F.A. (Honors), University of British Columbia, 1995

LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2004

Karen Mirsky


Karen Mirsky, New Westminster-based lawyer, practices entirely in the area of criminal law and represents clients at all levels of court. She conducts trials on general and complex cases including fraud, assault, firearms and weapons related offences, counterfeiting, murder and drug matters.

She is committed to social justice issues, having served on the Board of Directors for Pivot Legal Society for four years and the Board of PACE Society for three. She has also appeared on local and national media to speak on justice issues relating to women and sex workers.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

Law Society of BC since 2004

B.C. Civil Liberties Association

Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

Education:

B.F.A. (Honors), University of British Columbia, 1995

LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2004

Karen Mirsky

"I love the nuances of legal argument and the look people get when they understand how their experience fits into that."

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Karen MiRsky

Karen Mirsky has been exclusively practicing criminal defence since 2005. She represents a variety of clients before all levels of court for offenses ranging from drug trafficking, possession, and fraud, to assault, firearms and other criminal matters. She is confident, experienced counsel who fights for her clients at every stage of the criminal process.

Ms. Mirsky believes a lawyer’s job does not end on the court house steps. She maintains ties to local organizations that provide advocacy and support to people with mental health issues, addictions and gendered violence, and provides legal education and advice to individuals exercising their rights to engage in civil disobedience. She is committed to social justice, women’s and LGBTQ issues.

Ms. Mirsky has served on the Board of Directors for Pivot Legal Society for four years and with PACE Society for three. She has appeared on local and national media to speak on issues relating to women and the sex trade.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

Education:

  • B.F.A. (Honors), University of British Columbia, 1995
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2004
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Douglas Soga


Douglas Soga of Begbie Court Law is a New Westminster-based lawyer representing a variety of clients throughout the lower mainland. Before he began representing private clients, he worked as a prosecutor for four years in New Westminster. Mr. Soga’s practice consists almost entirely of criminal defence work, specifically in matters relating to immigration and mental health issues. He conducts prison hearings, and also represents clients in front of administrative tribunals (such as the Immigration and Refugee Board).

Mr. Soga grew up in Kamloops. He attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto and then returned to Vancouver to complete his law degree in 1985. His community activities include more than 10 years as a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics and for Amnesty International.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member – Law Society of BC, since 1986

Member – Canadian Bar Association, since 1986

Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (New Westminster), since 1986

EDUCATION:

B.A. – University of British Columbia, 1981

M.A. – University of Toronto, 1982

LL.B. – University of British Columbia, 1985

Douglas Soga


Douglas Soga of Begbie Court Law is a New Westminster-based lawyer representing a variety of clients throughout the lower mainland. Before he began representing private clients, he worked as a prosecutor for four years in New Westminster. Mr. Soga’s practice consists almost entirely of criminal defence work, specifically in matters relating to immigration and mental health issues. He conducts prison hearings, and also represents clients in front of administrative tribunals (such as the Immigration and Refugee Board).

Mr. Soga grew up in Kamloops. He attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto and then returned to Vancouver to complete his law degree in 1985. His community activities include more than 10 years as a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics and for Amnesty International.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member – Law Society of BC, since 1986

Member – Canadian Bar Association, since 1986

Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (New Westminster), since 1986

EDUCATION:

B.A. – University of British Columbia, 1981

M.A. – University of Toronto, 1982

LL.B. – University of British Columbia, 1985

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DOUGLAS SOGA

Mr. Soga represents a variety of clients throughout the lower mainland. Before he began representing private clients, he worked as a prosecutor for four years in New Westminster. Mr. Soga’s practice consists almost entirely of criminal defence work, including matters relating to immigration and mental health issues. He conducts prison hearings, and also represents clients in front of administrative tribunals (such as the Immigration and Refugee Board).

Mr. Soga grew up in Kamloops. He attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto and then returned to Vancouver to complete his law degree in 1985. His community activities include more than 10 years as a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics and for Amnesty International.

Professional Activities:

  • Member – Law Society of BC, since 1986
  • Member – Canadian Bar Association, since 1986
  • Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (New Westminster), since 1986

Education:

  • B.A. – University of British Columbia, 1981
  • M.A. – University of Toronto, 1982
  • LL.B. – University of British Columbia, 1985

 

"HELPING OTHER PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND GETTING THEM THE BEST RESULT IS A CRITICAL PART OF MY JOB."

 
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Carrie Ng


Carrie Ng, a New Westminster-based lawyer of Begbie Court Law, practices exclusively in the area of criminal law.  As a criminal defence lawyer, she practices in Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland communities.

Prior to starting her practice in the Lower Mainland, Ms. Ng worked with the Provincial Crown Counsel. This experience provided her with valuable insight into the inner workings of the prosecutorial process, which she utilizes when defending your case.

During law school, Ms. Ng was the Director of the University of Victoria’s Legal Information Clinic, a Project Manager with the Pro-Bono Students Canada, as well as an advocate for the ‘Law for All’ mentoring program.

Ms. Ng is fluent in both English and Cantonese.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

 

Member – Law Society of BC

Member – Canadian Bar Association

Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (Vancouver)

Member – New Westminster Bar Association

Member – Surrey Bar Association

Member – Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

Member – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Member – North American Association of Asian Professionals

Volunteer Supervisor – Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (University of British Columbia)

EDUCATION:

B.A. (Honours) – Queen’s University, 2006

J.D. – University of Victoria, 2010

Carrie Ng


Carrie Ng, a New Westminster-based lawyer of Begbie Court Law, practices exclusively in the area of criminal law.  As a criminal defence lawyer, she practices in Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland communities.

Prior to starting her practice in the Lower Mainland, Ms. Ng worked with the Provincial Crown Counsel. This experience provided her with valuable insight into the inner workings of the prosecutorial process, which she utilizes when defending your case.

During law school, Ms. Ng was the Director of the University of Victoria’s Legal Information Clinic, a Project Manager with the Pro-Bono Students Canada, as well as an advocate for the ‘Law for All’ mentoring program.

Ms. Ng is fluent in both English and Cantonese.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

 

Member – Law Society of BC

Member – Canadian Bar Association

Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (Vancouver)

Member – New Westminster Bar Association

Member – Surrey Bar Association

Member – Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

Member – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Member – North American Association of Asian Professionals

Volunteer Supervisor – Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (University of British Columbia)

EDUCATION:

B.A. (Honours) – Queen’s University, 2006

J.D. – University of Victoria, 2010

"I LOVE LAW BUT THERE`S SO MUCH MORE TO IT. PEOPLE COME TO ME AT A CRITICAL POINT IN THEIR LIVES. I NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THAT."

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Carrie Ng

Carrie Ng has been a strong believer of public education from the very beginning.  While attending law school at University of Victoria, she managed and directed the Legal Information Clinic, which provided free legal information to the public.  As a project leader with Pro-Bono Students of Canada, she created pamphlets to educate at-risk youth on their Charter rights.  She continues this spirit of access to justice by volunteering her time as a supervising lawyer with the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP).

Prior to starting her practice in the Lower Mainland, Carrie had worked with the Provincial Crown Counsel.  This experience had provided her with valuable insight into the inner workings of the prosecutorial process, allowing her to direct you through the legal system in a manner that is most advantageous to your circumstances.

Her practice exclusively in the area of criminal law provides her with extensive involvement in cases involving criminal charges under the Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and charges pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act.  Her focused experience helps you in finding defences that are relevant and persuasive to the judge or jury.

Carrie is fluent in both English and Chinese (Cantonese).

Professional Activities:

·       Regional Representative – Criminal Defence Advocacy Society

·       Supervising Lawyer – Law Students' Legal Advice Program (University of British Columbia)

·       Member – Law Society of BC

·       Member – Canadian Bar Association

·       Member – CBA Criminal Law Subsection (Vancouver)

·       Member – New Westminster Bar Association

·       Member – Surrey Bar Association

·       Member – Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.

·       Member – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

·       Member – North American Association of Asian Professionals

Education:

·       B.A. (Honours) – Queen’s University, 2006

·       J.D. – University of Victoria, 2010