The Honourable Madam Justice Mary Victoria Newbury

Class of 1973-1974

Madam Justice Mary Victoria Newbury practised principally as a corporate commercial lawyer. However, she was best known as a "lawyers' lawyer". At both her former firm, Ladner Downs, and her last firm, Fraser & Beatty, her partners looked to her when they were confronted with legal problems of exceptional difficulty. Her vast legal knowledge, her superb analytical skills and her ability to reach a conclusion speedily were renowned. One of this writer's many fond memories of her is the occasion during her early years as an associate when he was acting in a transaction in another city and was confronted with a conflicts of laws problem involving the laws of four different jurisdictions. He telephoned Mary Newbury with some trepidation it being the late afternoon of a pleasant summer Friday. Mary Newbury responded enthusiastically stating that there was nothing that she enjoyed more than a challenging conflicts of laws problem. She had the problem resolved by the following day ...