Meet Our Sunshine Coast Law Firm Team
Lawyer and Managing Counsel
I became a lawyer because I like taking care of people so they can relax and focus on living their lives.
Before law school I spent years as a government relations professional, explaining the effects of laws and policies to politicians so they could understand how their decisions affect people— from students to small business owners. Through my professional and personal experience, I know first hand that the law is a blunt instrument and a skilled lawyer can make it work for an individual’s needs.
Our practice at Charthouse includes corporate and commercial law, wills and estates, and real estate law, serving a variety of sectors, such as doctors, restaurants, medical marijuana and recreational cannabis investors, and developers. What that means is we can give you actionable advice to help you grow and protect the benefits of your life’s work. You don’t need to be concerned about the unexpected risks that you would never (and should never have to) think about.
My aim is always to ensure you feel listened to, understand not only what we are doing but why, and feel you have someone in your corner who you can talk to candidly about your legal issues in the future.
Spencer is the managing counsel of Charthouse Lawyers, the largest team of lawyers and allied professionals on the Sunshine Coast. He has appeared in national and local publications and broadcasts including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, CBC’s The Passionate Eye and CTV News, and has won numerous writing and debating awards, including the Dalton Camp Award, the Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association’s Freedom of Expression Writing Prize, and the McGoun Cup, amongst others. Currently, he’s a trustee with the Sechelt Downtown Business Association and a board member of the Sechelt Public Library Association.
Spencer holds degrees in law, philosophy and political science, and a diploma in accounting from the University of British Columbia, where he served on the board of the UBC Alumni Association, Vice-President of the Student Legal Fund Society, Editor-in-Chief of the UBC International Law Journal, and as the elected student president of the 45,000 member Alma Mater Society of UBC.
Spencer lives in Sechelt with his partner Veronica, a local elementary school teacher, their toddler, Shepard, and a tiny Ewok of a pomeranian-poodle named Charlie.
“Spencer made us understand how the law works and gave us ample time to answer our questions. He’s very professional and personable and makes you feel totally at ease. We would recommend him to anyone. Thank you.”
– Earl Noble
“Spencer was fantastic to work with. He was prompt in his responses and gave very valuable advice, which ultimately saved us money during the completion of our business purchase. Thank you to the Charthouse team!”
– Lisa Donner
“Spencer prepared our wills etc with sensitivity and efficiency. At no time did we feel rushed and his explanation of the process was clear and easily followed. He also has a sense of humour, particularly when chatting about his son!”
– Margaret Newby
Lawyer and Senior Counsel
I enjoy helping everyone from pensioners to large companies who want humble, common sense solutions to their legal problems.
My own experience of almost 25 years at law firms and running a small business has taught me how important it is that clients receive quick and effective legal help, based on practical values and common sense. I give clients a fast turnaround, attentive communication and a steady hand on their transactions.
Lois is Charthouse’s senior counsel. Originally from Alberta, Lois spent a decade as a paralegal prior to attending law school, giving her a deep level of experience that most lawyers never have. Lois holds a law degree from the University of Alberta and a bachelor’s degree from Athabasca University, all earned while working and raising a family.
Lois and her husband moved to Sechelt in 2008 and she has become a part of the community fabric as a hospice volunteer and by building the Lois Potter Law Office (now Charthouse Lawyers) into the Coast’s go-to firm for business and estates. Lois regularly appears as a faculty member of the Sunshine Coast Elder College, presenting on wills & estates. She is a veggie gardener and often brings the fruits of her efforts to share with the office.
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