John B. Peterson


John Peterson is a solicitor with over five decades of experience. During that time, his broad practice has included intricate estate planning and administration matters, real estate transactions, real estate financings, corporate transactions and general business advice. 

John’s dedication to his wills and estates practice over the last two decades has resulted in a profound skillset in that area. In this domain, he meticulously navigates the complexities of estate planning, probating estates and resolving estate litigation problems, demonstrating a keen understanding of both the macro and micro aspects of such matters. His practice and client base are diverse, ranging from large-scale estate planning for high-net-worth individuals to addressing the intricacies of smaller estates. His wealth of experience allows him to tailor his approach to meet the unique requirements of each client, ensuring that their estate affairs are managed with precision and care. 

Notably, John has been a trusted legal advisor for a national trust company for over five decades, contributing his insights to their estate-related endeavors. His enduring relationship with this esteemed institution underscores his reputation as a reliable and dedicated legal professional. 

John was a founding partner of Peterson Stark Scott, a firm that served the Surrey community from the time it opened offices there in 1972 until its merger with Hamilton Duncan in early 2024. In his new capacity as associate counsel with Hamilton Duncan, John continues to provide the same unwavering commitment to excellence and client satisfaction that has been the hallmark of his illustrious career.  


  • Founding Director, Kwantlen University College Foundation
  • Board of Directors, CARE (Child Abuse Research and Educational) Society, 1985 – 2005
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Life Member Status, Canadian Bar Association


  • Member, Vancouver Golf Club
  • Member, Avondale Golf Club

Practice Areas

Business Law Practice Areas

Personal Law Practice Areas


  • Juris Doctor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan (1970)
  • B.A., University of Saskatchewan

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia (1971)


  • English