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Indian-origin lawyers in British Columbia appointed to King’s counsel

Rubinder “Rob” Dhanu, Gurminder Sandhu, and Joven Narwal were three Indian-origin B.C. lawyers out of the 26 appointees to the King’s counsel for 2023

Image – Gurminder Sandhu (L), Joven Narwal (top right), Rubinder Dhanu (bottom right) were recognized with the King’s counsel designation in 2023 / Credits -- (ddlaw.ca(rob dhanu, hamiltonduncan.com (Gurminder sandhu), X/@JovenNarwal)

Three Indian-origin lawyers were recognized with the King’s counsel (KC) designation for exceptional contributions to the legal profession in British Columbia, Canada. Rubinder Dhanu, Gurminder Sandhu, and Joven Narwal were among the 26 lawyers who were appointed as KC, as per a government release.

Members of the B.C. bar for a minimum of five years are considered for the appointment. All applications are reviewed by an advisory committee that includes the region’s main judges, the president of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, and B.C.’s deputy attorney general. The appointments are made by the cabinet through orders in the council.

Rubinder Dhanu, also known as Rob Dhanu, is the co-founding partner of the Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group. From a sole practitioner at his own law group in Vancouver, he expanded his practice with more than 20 legal professionals across Abbotsford and Surrey. Dhanu was the former crown prosecutor for the Department of Justice.

Gurminder Sandhu is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial, family, and insurance litigation. Some of his recent work, as per his biography, on his business website includes drafting a CAD 15 million (approx. US $11,172,765) and defending allegations of early onset schizophrenia caused by accident-related brain injury.

In 2021, Sandhu was elected as Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and appointed by the Minister of Justice to the BC Federal Judicial Advisory Committee. 

Joven Narwal is a trial and appellate lawyer with experience in areas of criminal litigation, securities litigation, professional regulation, and specialty civil litigation involving criminal overtones.

He was inducted as a life member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, which is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, as mentioned in his bio.

The 2023 batch of KC appointees includes lawyers in private practice, government, and academia who have “distinguished themselves by their counsel, teaching contributions, publications, advocacy and volunteerism.” The designation grants each appointee to add “KC” after their name so that colleagues and clients know they have been recognized for extraordinary merit and broader contributions to the legal profession.

As per the B.C. government, only 7 per cent of practicing B.C. lawyers can be awarded the King’s counsel designation at any time. As of May, there were 13,979 practicing lawyers in B.C., out of whom 469 had received the KC designation.

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