Nicola Law Group offers an unparalleled depth of experience in criminal law in Kamloops. We are a group of four individual law firms. All combined, our criminal lawyers have more than 70 years of experience in practising in criminal law. We include a former prosecutor, and we’ve acted for the Crown, the defence, and the court.

Our Services

We offer complete criminal defence services throughout BC. Although we are individual law firms, our experienced lawyers are ready to offer a team approach to defend against criminal charges. Our lawyers have successfully defended against the most serious criminal charges up to, and including, first degree murder.

Our Lawyers

Brad Smith, QC

Brad Smith, QC has a reputation as an excellent criminal defence lawyer. With 19 years experience practising in criminal law throughout BC, he has successfully defended clients charged with offences such as:

  • murder
  • sexual assault
  • dangerous driving
  • assault
  • fraud

A former senior prosecutor, Brad knows how to assess cases from both sides—and take them apart. If you’re feeling the heat because of something you’re accused of doing, call Brad today. Visit Brad’s website

Danielle Ching

Danielle Ching McNamee

Danielle Ching McNamee joined Smith Law Group in 2019. Danielle graduated from Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law in 2018. Danielle also received the Law Society of BC Gold Medal in 2018. After graduation, Danielle articled with a prominent Kamloops law firm. Danielle also clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Danielle is now focused on building a practice and helping clients resolve their criminal law problems.

Danielle is committed to excellence in criminal litigation and works closely with senior Kamloops criminal defence lawyer, Brad Smith, QC to accomplish outstanding results for their clients throughout BC.

John Gustafson

John Gustafson has practised criminal law for more than 16 years. He has had clients found not guilty on charges of second degree murder, first degree murder, drug trafficking, sexual assault, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and assault. John has also successfully conducted dangerous and long-term offender hearings.

His practice is focused on defending criminal cases involving drug trafficking, violence, weapons offences and all sexual cases. John has developed a province-wide criminal defence practice, and has taken select cases in the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Visit John’s website

Sheldon Tate

Since 1985, Sheldon Tate has conducted over 100 jury trials and more than 1,000 trials at all levels of court. He has more than 30 years of experience practising exclusively in criminal law defence work, primarily dealing with major crime with complicated fact patterns: 1st and 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, vehicular homicide, break and entries (including home invasion style and commercial), trespass by night, assault, sexual assault, fraud, drugs, extradition, dangerous offender proceedings, court process violations, impaired driving and other driving offences and offences under both federal, provincial and territorial legislation.

Lisa Mae Scruton

With a focus on criminal defence and family law – areas that frequently overlap – Lisa Mae Scruton firmly believes in the importance of defending her clients’ rights. She understands that a vigorous defence of those charged with criminal offences is an important pillar of Canadian justice and she brings that philosophy to all her cases. In addition to Lisa Mae’s criminal defence practice, she has also spent a significant portion of her career practising in the areas of family law and child protection. Visit Lisa Mae’s website

Join Nicola Law Group

Are you a self-employed lawyer committed to providing excellent service to people in trouble with the law or facing criminal charges?

Are you interested in sharing space with the most experienced group of criminal defence lawyers in Kamloops and the surrounding region? If so, please email Brad Smith, QC to discuss long-term leasing or virtual office opportunities.

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2806, 2018

National criminal law conference

Two of Nicola Law Group’s lawyers will attend Canada’s largest criminal law conference July 9 to 13 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Brad Smith and Sheldon Tate are off to The [...]

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Nicola Law Group

Nicola Place
103-310 Nicola Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2P5

Phone: 778-471-7200 Fax: 778-471-7201

Office hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday (closed 12:00 – 1:00)
Closed on Statutory Holidays

Contact us today!