Professional and experienced family lawyers.
Serving Langley and Surrey, BC.
With more than 45 years of combined experience, Joan Dreyer and Rowan Davison of Dreyer Davison Lawyers LLP are committed to preserving the best interests of families in Langley, Surrey and throughout the Fraser Valley. Over the years, we’ve been honoured to help hundreds of our neighbours face family law issues with compassion and confidence and we’d be pleased to do the same for you.
Joan Dreyer completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) in 1986 and her Advanced Certificate in History in 1989. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1992. Joan then relocated with her family to Richmond, British Columbia to article with the law firm of Campbell Froh May and Rice. After articles, Joan joined the Surrey law firm of Watchorn and McLellan, where she successfully established a family law practice before venturing out to practice family law in Langley on her own, or in partnership with other family law lawyers. During this time, she also practiced extensively in the area of residential and commercial conveyancing and lending transactions having established strong working relationships with local realtors, financial institutions, and mortgage brokers.
While practicing as a sole practitioner in Langley, Joan oversaw articles for 3 articling students, and actively participated in the Family Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).
In addition to Provincial and Supreme Court practice, Joan has increasing experience in appeal work both before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Every family law case is unique in terms of the issues, the participants’ readiness to deal with those issues, and the resources available to resolve the family law issues. Joan’s practical approach to family law problem solving balances the financial and emotional costs of the process to the parties and their children, and the benefits of a litigated versus a negotiated settlement, achieving the best possible result for her clients.
Joan has a 23 year old daughter who also is her legal assistant.
Joan maintains a legal aid component to her family law practice, believing that competent legal aid services should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Rowan Davison completed his Bachelor of Political Science at the University of Calgary in 1988. He then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he attended the University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law. Soon after commencing studies at the UBC, Rowan decided his passion was family law. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1991. After his articling year, Rowan started his own family law practice in downtown Vancouver, a practice he ran successfully until 1999. Rowan then relocated to Vancouver Island where he joined the family law department at Duncan’s largest law firm, Orchard and Company.
Moving to the Langley area in 2012, Rowan brings his 23 years of commitment to the practice of family law to his new partnership with Joan Dreyer, forming the law firm of Dreyer Davison Lawyers LLP, a firm with 45 years of collective experience in the practice of family law. Rowan has also practiced extensively in the areas of wills and estates and residential conveyancing.
While practicing at Orchard and Company, Rowan was active in the Cowichan Valley Bar Association, an organization composed of the lawyers practicing in the Cowichan Valley. He enjoyed his tenure, first as Vice-President for a 1-year term, then as President for a 1-year term and then as Treasurer for a 4-year term.
Rowan’s approach to family law is hands-on and sensitive to the turmoil and emotional upheaval that often accompanies the breakdown of a marriage or relationship. Rowan’s own experience in co-parenting two boys from a very young age to their teen years assists him in understanding the personal nature of family law issues.
While adopting a collaborative approach to dealing with family law issues, Rowan has successfully conducted hundreds of hearings and trials to the benefit of his many clients. Keeping in mind that the participants (including the children) in family law matters generally benefit from a negotiated settlement, Rowan will, without hesitation, involve the court should it be necessary.
Rowan maintains a legal aid component to his family law practice, believing that competent legal aid services should be available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances.