Leah Hughes is developing a growing practice focused on family law. She works primarily from our Courtenay office and spends one day each week in the Nanaimo office. Leah grew up in Campbell River and is pleased to have returned home to Vancouver Island after years of study and adventure away from the coast.
Leah brings her passion for people to her family practice. She strives to help her clients navigate a complex legal system and to resolve conflict with dignity. She is a careful listener and takes a resolution-oriented approach to her practice. In addition to English and French, Leah is also fluent in Spanish.
Leah holds a joint degree in common law and civil law from McGill University’s bilingual law program. During law school in Montreal, Leah participated in two interdisciplinary field courses in Indigenous Law and completed a summer human rights internship in the Yukon. Leah also completed a legal clinic at a civil rights organization focused on promoting equality and combatting discrimination, where she helped draft pleadings for a civil liberties case that was argued at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Leah’s love for the outdoors and rural communities led her to article in the Yukon, where she completed joint articles with the Yukon Human Rights Commission and a leading Aboriginal law firm. Her human rights experience gave her a strong grasp of legal principles about accommodation in the employment context. Throughout her diverse articles, Leah also contributed to large-scale Aboriginal law litigation and governance projects. She is passionate about social justice and human rights, and considers herself fortunate to have worked with clients in rural and northern communities.
Prior to law school, Leah obtained an undergraduate degree with distinction in anthropology from the University of Victoria. She then travelled extensively in South and Central America and spent six months in Peru, where she was involved with a non-profit that works with Indigenous cooperatives to revitalize traditional weaving techniques. Her experiences in Peru influenced her decision to pursue a career in law.
Leah looks forward to serving the community in the Comox Valley and north island.
- Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2019
- Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), University of Victoria, 2012
Year of Call + Jurisdiction
- 2020, British Columbia
- 2020, Yukon
Outside the practice of law, Leah enjoys staying active in the beautiful surroundings of Vancouver Island. She has a passion for trail running, hiking, and has completed a yoga teacher certification.