Tam Boyar


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Email: tam@mackayboyar.com

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Tam is one of the founders of MacKay Boyar. His clients range from large multi-national corporations to individuals charged with criminal offences.

Often taking on the most difficult cases, he remains singularly committed to his clients, for whom he provides unwavering support throughout the litigation process.

Tam represents clients in a wide range of civil and commercial cases including shareholder oppression suits, real estate litigation and professional negligence claims.

He also maintains an active criminal practice where he acts for clients charged with all types of offences including murder, manslaughter, sexual assault and driving offences.

He is strategically-minded and examines these cases from all angles in order to ensure that he achieves the best possible result for his clients.

Tam obtained his law degree from McGill University where he graduated at the top of his class and was the recipient of numerous academic and mooting awards including the Nathan Cotler Memorial Prize in Human Rights Law, the James McGill Award, the H. Carl Goldenberg Scholarship, and the Maurice Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship.

After graduating from McGill, he served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Morris Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada.  He then joined a top-rated litigation boutique where he was counsel on a number of leading cases including Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2011 SCC 61, Icahn Partners LP v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., 2011 BCCA 228 and Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2011 BCCA 187.

Tam is a supervising lawyer for the UBC Innocence Project and has spoken on various topics including constitutional and evidentiary issues arising from Mr. Big operations.

Tam consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients and has earned the respect of his peers and the courts for his professionalism, skill and commitment.


  • LLB, McGill University (2007)
  • BCL, McGill University (2007)
  • BA, Dartmouth College (2001)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2008)

Notable Cases

R v. Gill (Oral Reasons for Judgment pronounced March 2, 2018)
Tam Boyar and Sam Arrandale applied for a judicial stay of proceedings on the basis of the delay in bringing the matter to trial.

R v. Zadeh, 2016 BCCA 474
In this case, the defendant was alleged to have drugged and sexually assaulted the complainant while they were drinking at his apartment. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to a significant term of imprisonment. Our firm was retained to bring an appeal on his behalf.

Chief Constable Frank Elsner
Since 2015, our firm has represented Chief Constable Frank Elsner in connection with disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the Police Complaint Commissioner under Part 11 of the Police Act, RSBC 1996, c. 367.

R v. McDonald, 2014 BCSC 477
Since 2013, Tam Boyar and Samantha Arrandale have been counsel for Thomas McDonald in connection with criminal proceedings arising from the 1981 shooting death of an individual in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Icahn Partners LP v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., 2011 BCCA 228
This case involved an oppression claim brought by Icahn Partners LP against Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (and others).

Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2011 BCCA 187
This was a price-fixing class action involving an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of high fructose corn syrup. One of the key issues was whether indirect purchasers of products containing high fructose corn syrup could bring a claim against the defendant companies.

Dhillon v. Her Majesty the Queen (and others)
Since 2015, Tam Boyar and Sam Arrandale have been involved in the defence of a claim for Charter damages arising from the alleged non-disclosure of information in the criminal context.

Re SPYru Inc., 2015 BCSECCOM 452
Tam Boyar represented three directors of a private company in the sanction phase of proceedings before the B.C. Securities Commission.

Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2011 SCC 61
Tam was counsel for one of the interveners on one of the leading cases on standard of review and compliance with administrative time limits.



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