Peterson Stark Scott Joins Forces with Hamilton Duncan



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JANUARY 15, 2024 | SURREY, BC – Hamilton Duncan, one of the largest and longest-tenured law firms in the Fraser Valley, is pleased to announce that it will join forces with Peterson Stark Scott, a law firm with its own long history in Surrey.

As of February 1, 2024, all six of Peterson Stark Scott’s lawyers and most of its staff will join Hamilton Duncan and practice under the Hamilton Duncan name from that firm’s existing offices in Surrey City Centre.

“This is Hamilton Duncan’s largest merger in recent history and comes at the perfect time for both firms,” said Greg Palm, Hamilton Duncan’s managing partner. “Our strategic plan calls for continued growth, so we were looking to add practitioners with established practices and deep roots in the Surrey community. Peterson Stark Scott was seeking to transition its practice to a larger firm that would both complement its current offerings and provide its clients access to a wider range of legal services while remaining in Surrey. This transaction accomplishes both.”

Established in 1971, Peterson Stark Scott has provided corporate, commercial, estate planning, real estate, family law, civil litigation and other legal services to the Surrey community since it first opened an office in Surrey in 1972.

“As our clients’ needs have continued to evolve, we recognized that we also needed to evolve to meet them,” said John Peterson, one of the founding partners of Peterson Stark Scott. “At the same time, it was important for us to find the right fit in terms of culture, locale and client experience. While Hamilton Duncan is one of the Fraser Valley’s largest firms, its smaller-firm culture, commitment to the Surrey community and dedication to building and maintaining personal relationships as trusted advisors made it the ideal partner. We could not be more pleased about joining with Hamilton Duncan.”

Hamilton Duncan is celebrating its 65th year as a full-service business and litigation law firm known throughout Surrey and the Fraser Valley for its practical and creative approach to solving clients’ challenges. The firm’s expertise spans a broad range of areas, including real estate and development, commercial transactions, estate planning and litigation, civil and commercial litigation, employment law, family law, insurance defence and debt collection, among others.

“We have worked hard since 1959 to establish ourselves as the pre-eminent law firm in the Fraser Valley,” Palm continued. “Adding a firm with the experience and reputation of Peterson Stark Scott into the mix only further solidifies our position, and we are excited to have them join us.”

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For more information about Hamilton Duncan or its merger with Peterson Stark Scott, please contact Arjun Sumra, Marketing Specialist, at (604) 581-4677 or