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At the Courtyard Law Offices we have created a relationship with our co-workers that extends beyond merely “working together”. We have always known that since we spend a great deal of time at the office, it should be an enjoyable experience. You will realize upon walking up to the heritage home that this is not a pretentious office, but a place where you will be treated like a good neighbour.  Built in 1905,this home was entirely renovated in the year 2010, winning accolades and awards for the preservation of one of Kelowna’s most well-known Heritage Homes. Do not be afraid to ask for a tour, as it is always a pleasure for Bill to accommodate.  Be sure to ask for a glass of Iced Tea in the summertime, or call at least 4 hours in advance for Bill to make some homemade 100% whole wheat bread!

William T. Clarke


With a name like William Thomas Clarke III, it would seem that he was destined to be a lawyer, or at least aristocracy – we would guess he will settle for being a lawyer.  William (“Bill”) Clarke attended the University of Alberta for his formal legal education, taking special interest in Family Law.  During this time he was employed at one of the Okanagan’s largest law firms as a summer student, and then the Kelowna Courthouse Registry as a clerk in both the Supreme and Provincial Courts. He articled with the firm that shortly thereafter was renamed “Johnson & Clarke”.  Since 2006, he has worked with the law firm of Hattori, Shaw & Clarke, which has now become The Courtyard Law Offices.


Tracey Brice-Nicolson

B.A. (Hons.), LL.B.

Tracey Brice-Nicolson was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  She obtained both her undergraduate (Honours) and law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and moved to British Columbia in 2000.  After articling with a law firm in the Lower Mainland, Tracey moved to Kelowna in 2001 to work with one of Kelowna’s larger law firms.  In 2008, Tracey joined the Courtyard Law Offices.  Tracey’s primary area of practice is family law. In addition to seeing private clients, Tracey currently does contract work for the Ministry of the Attorney General, and has done similar work in the past for other government agencies. Please email to  stephanie@courtyardlaw.com



Office Co-ordinator

Your pleasurable experience begins as soon as you walk through the door and meet our Receptionist and Office Co-ordinator, Renee.  Always friendly and delightful, she has more than earned her reputation as the perfect “frontline” worker! Being “chief cook and bottle-washer”, Renee is in charge of procedure, case-file management, client-reception, and yes, answering the telephones. As a reflection of the attitude that we have cultivated in our law firm, we know that you will enjoy any contact you have with Renee. reception@courtyardlaw.com



Legal Assistant

Working alongside Mr. Clarke as his legal assistant, Debbie has spent almost 40 years in the legal field. She will be able to answer your most complex procedural questions as well as the status of your file. If you have any questions for Debbie, she can be reached by email at: debbie@courtyardlaw.com



Legal Assistant

Stephanie is Tracey’s Paralegal. She lived in Kitimat, B.C. until 2003 when she ventured to the beautiful Okanagan. She attended Okanagan University College and obtained her Legal Secretary certificate in 2005 and began her career in the legal field. Stephanie expanded her education through distance education at Capilano University and received her paralegal certificate in June of 2011. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing softball, camping, and spending time with family. Stephanie is available by email at stephanie@courtyardlaw.com

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