Our Story


Rooted in the belief that every problem has a solution EQ was formed to help those struggling with conflict, find lasting resolutions and closure.

Having helped some of the most vulnerable British Columbians and having worked closely with some amazing social justice organizations, we believe that the delivery of legal services in British Columbia could be better tailored to suit your individual needs.

Our goal is to customize our legal service to your situation and find a long lasting solution that will keep you out of court and let you get back to what's important.

Meet the Team

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Arash Ehteshami

Partner


Arash’s background is deeply rooted in tackling access to justice issues and providing pro bono legal representation and services. Arash articled and worked with a prominent pro bono organization in Vancouver, assisting clients with a wide range of legal issues including residential tenancy and employment matters. Prior to co-founding EQ Law, Arash was a sole-practitioner working in the areas of general civil and family law litigation, as well as administrative law. He has represented clients before the Provincial and Supreme Courts, as well as the residential tenancy branch and the employment standards tribunal.

Arash obtained his Juris doctor at the University of Manitoba and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2018. Prior to attending law school, Arash earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and German from the University of British Columbia.

Arash is fluent in English, German, and Farsi.

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Priyan M. Samarakoone

Partner


Priyan spent the last 6 years representing clients at all levels of court in BC as well as multiple tribunals, for a prominent pro bono organization in Vancouver. He has developed his practice as an expert civil litigator with a keen focus on all housing related matters.

He completed his Bachelor of Science with a major in biology at the University of British Columbia in 2006 where he fostered an analytical approach to problem solving. He completed his studies in the UK and graduated with honours from Nottingham Law School in 2008. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2013.

Born in Colombo and having grown up in Richmond Priyan believes in the importance of giving back to his community. He has worked on two separate projects for the United Nations, the first being a Child Nutrition Surveillance project in conflict affected zones in 2004, and later a baseline Access to Justice study in Sri Lanka in 2009, he provided on the ground support to local communities affected by the 2004 Sumatran earthquake and subsequent tsunami that affected South East Asia. In 2018 he helped create and launch a pro bono family mediation program in Vancouver to help tackle family law issues in British Columbia. He is currently on the Clicklaw editorial committee and he continues to provide pro bono assistance through local pro bono programs.

His diverse background and his experience dealing with local and global issues have given him the necessary tools to help you manage your legal needs.