Penny Washington

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Penny Washington

Penny Washington


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Penny Washington regularly advises hospitals and health authorities on all aspects of law that affect their operations, including service contracts with private providers, medical assistance in dying, respectful workplace issues, particularly regarding physicians as members of interdisciplinary teams, and other patient care issues.

Ms. Washington has presented material for a number of Continuing Legal Education Society and Canadian Legal Insight seminars on civil litigation, healthcare consent, privacy and freedom of information issues and has frequently lectured on tort liability, quality assurance protections, human rights and risk management to healthcare workers, physicians, administrators, board of directors, students in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia and students in various healthcare disciplines at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has published chapters on consent and freedom of information law in British Columbia.

She advises medical directors and hospital boards on credentialing, conducting disciplinary hearings, on-call compensation and service contracts, and other physician issues, including appeals of privileging decisions to the Hospital Appeal Board. Ms. Washington has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia as well as before the Human Rights Tribunal of British Columbia.


Professional experience

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LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1984

  • British Columbia 1985
  • Fraser Health Authority v. British Columbia Anesthesiologists' Society, 2012 BCSC 498;
  • Dr. Stephen Todd Sorokan v. Fraser Health Authority, 2014 HA-002(b) (Decision dated December 19, 2017);
  • Dr. Michael Figurski v. Interior Health Authority, 2015-HA-001(a) (Decision dated January 9, 2017);
  • Dr. Paul Sanghera v. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, 2017-HA-002(a) (Decision dated July 10, 2018);
  • Dr. Tracy Hicks v. Fraser Health Authority (Decision dated June 17, 2013) (HAB);
  • Dr. Michael Butler v. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2015-HA-003(b) and 2016-HA-001(a));
  • Dr. Y. v. Z, a Health Authority (Decision dated September 28, 2007) (HAB);
  • Dr. Timothy Ng v. Richmond Health Services Society (Decision dated February 6, 2003) (HAB);
  • Dr. Vinod Tawar v. Mission Memorial Hospital, (Decision dated December 16, 1997); and
  • Dr. Munwar M. Sabir v. Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Hospital, (Decision dated October 28, 1997)
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Healthcare, Chambers and Partners, 2020
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018-2019: recommended in Medical Negligence
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of HealthCare Law, Insurance Law (2017, 2016) and Medical Negligence (2017); Named the "2013 Lawyer of the Year" in the area of HealthCare for Vancouver
  • LexisNexis - Martindale-Hubbell: BV Peer Review Rated
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association - Administrative Law and Freedom of Information Law, BC Branch
  • Canadian Centre for Elder Law:  Advisory Committee on Health Care Consent, Aging and Dementia (BC) 2017-2018
  • Medical Legal Society
  • Faculty, University of British Columbia, Masters of Health Administration Course, 2004 – present
  • Former member, UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board, 2002- 2004
  • Former president of the board, Canuck Place, Children's Hospice
  • Former president, Health Care Law, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Former chair, board of directors, British Columbia Health Research Foundation
  • President of Soong Ching Ling Children's Foundation of Canada