Our Mission

We unravel legal complexities in the world of finance by simplifying legal language barriers to make it easier for the average person to understand. The result is a clearer path that empowers them to make the right decisions on matters that affect them, their clients, and their families.

Our Vision

We are the leading experts and global pioneers of using simplified legal language, empowering our clients to make better and more informed decisions in all of their financially-related legal matters.

Our Core Values

Lawyers

Veronica Armstrong

She consults to investment firms about compliance with securities and anti-money laundering laws. Her work includes writing their policies and procedures in clear language and training their staff. Much of the training is focused on how to manage a change of corporate culture, which includes both shifting the compliance mindset and building procedures and systems to cope with new regulatory requirements. Her first exposure to change management was during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a more inclusive society. She learned the principles of reconciliation by participating in facilitated mini truth and reconciliation circles.

As an entrepreneur and graduate of the University of Stellenbosch School of Business, Veronica relates to the challenges business owners face, and she enjoys helping them find solutions. She believes in offering an alternative to the confusing language that comes in most traditional legal documents. This empowers clients to move forward with clarity.

Wanting a more relaxed atmosphere, she moved Veronica Armstrong Law Corporation into its current office in Steveston in June 2015. There she has assembled a great team of lawyers to enhance and solidify client services.

In 2013, she was named Toastmaster of the Year by the BC Toastmasters District. She also received a community service award from The Chinese Association in South Africa for founding the Hong Ning Chinese seniors care facility in South Africa in 1980.

Sandy Jakab

She has significant experience as a leader and senior manager in securities regulation and in conduct risk management in banking and financial services. Between 2007 and early 2016, Sandy was the Director, Capital Markets Regulation at the BC Securities Commission. 

Later, at HSBC Bank Canada, Sandy held the only role in a Canadian bank directed specifically at managing conduct risk in retail and commercial banking, as well as the bank’s related securities and derivatives businesses. She has lectured and published frequently on securities regulation, and has taught Securities Law as an adjunct professor of law at UBC. Sandy is currently Chair of the Board for the Vancouver International Writers Festival Society and is a published author.

Harveen Thauli

Harveen advises and prepares documents on all matters related to corporate/securities transactions and securities law compliance, including: advising on regulatory compliance issues, continuous disclosure and financial disclosure obligations; preparing transactional agreements and regulatory filings; revising policies and procedures manuals; assisting with implementing corporate governance structures; and assessing sustainability risks. When she worked in the Commission’s Corporate Finance department, Harveen was selected to develop legislation, including harmonizing two laws related to securities regulation across Canada.

Harveen advises on investigations and enforcement actions involving possible breaches of securities laws, including fraud, insider trading, illegal distributions, and misrepresentations. She plans and writes comprehensive legal arguments and represents and defends her clients before regulatory bodies such as the Commission or in the Courts of British Columbia. Harveen gained her insight into investigative and enforcement proceedings when she worked as a senior investigator in the Commission’s Enforcement department.

Harveen started Thauli Sports Law as a sports law firm that is dedicated to sports arbitration and law. Harveen was elected on November 21, 2017 as the first Canadian to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal in Lausanne, Switzerland. The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sports. Tribunal members hear and decide on cases related to breaches of sport rules, statutes and regulations, and have the authority to issue fines, disqualify horses or riders from competitions or events, and suspend horses or riders for any period of time up to and including life suspensions.

Compliance Consultants

Mary Wong

Her career started on the VSE trade floor where she was a floor governor and was also part of the team that automated the trading floor. After the demutualization of the Exchange, Mary moved to the regulation side and managed the Trade Desk and Surveillance and Issuer Disclosure teams, where it was important to her as a regulator not only to regulate but to work together with the dealers and issuers as stakeholders to enhance the industry.

With over 30 years in the industry, Mary has seen the industry evolve and participated in many of those changes in one form or another; she continues to get excited about assisting her clients and associates with their needs in this ever-changing industry.

Summer Students

Mark Pearlman

Mark is a native of Richmond and has grown up in the city his whole life. He did his undergrad at UBC where he completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and will be going into his second year of law at Thompson Rivers University. Growing up, he was very involved in hockey where he won Provincial championships in 2008, 2013, and 2014. Mark also enjoys golf and snowboarding in his spare time.