Meet Our Experienced Lawyers in Grande Prairie

Christian Banks, B.A., LL.B. (Honours)

Christian Banks is a lifelong resident of Alberta and 2013 marks his fifteenth year as a barrister and solicitor. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, he attended the University of Ottawa Law School, graduating with honours in 1997. From there he articled and went on to practice at a criminal defence firm in Edmonton. In 2000, he began practicing more heavily in the South Peace Region with an office in Grande Prairie. In 2007 he went out on his own, still practicing criminal and quasi-criminal defence work exclusively, maintaining a strong presence in the Grande Prairie area, including Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia. In 2009, Christian moved himself and his law practice to Grande Prairie, where he continues to service the area, while maintaining a presence across Alberta.

From law school on, his focus has remained on criminal practice and procedure, and defence of individual rights in the face of government intrusion on those rights. He has handled cases all over Alberta and British Columbia exclusively defending people charged with criminal, traffic and other provincial offences. He has handled matters on the whole range of the criminal spectrum, from shoplifting to murder.

Currently, the majority of cases Mr. Banks has taken on are related to drinking and driving, dangerous driving and refusals to take breathalyzer tests. Christian has had excellent success defending people charged with these types of offences, due in large part to the sheer number of trials he has run and the level of preparedness and diligence he brings to every case, particularly drinking and driving cases.

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Kevin Gubbins, B.A. LL.B

Kevin Gubbins graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995 with a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After graduation, Mr. Gubbins worked with the Provincial Government, specifically playing a key role in coordinating a massive class action lawsuit on behalf of mentally challenged individuals suing the Government over the Alberta government policy of sterilizing mentally challenged individuals in government institutions.

Subsequent to this, Mr. Gubbins worked in the People’s Republic of China in a managerial role for an international marketing firm as well as an agricultural development corporation. Upon his return to Canada, Mr. Gubbins was admitted to the practice of law in 2001 in Alberta. Since that time, his practice has remained exclusively that of criminal defence work. While practicing in a variety of criminal defence areas, his primary focus is defending drug-related matters. In 2009, Mr. Gubbins relocated to Grande Prairie and is now currently serving the Peace Country including Northwest Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia.

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Jeremy Andrews, B. Comm, M.B.A., LL.B.

Jeremy was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration in 2005. In 2008 he obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University. Since his graduation in 2008 he has almost exclusively been practicing Criminal Law. In 2012 Jeremy moved to and settled in Grande Prairie.

For a portion of his career Jeremy worked as a Prosecutor with both the Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador governments. He has had extensive experience in a variety of criminal matters ranging from shoplifting to murder. Jeremy has specifically focused his attention on, and developed a large body of experience in, the law of alcohol-related driving offences including impaired driving, driving “over 80” and refusing to provide a breath sample. Driving “over 80” refers to the amount of alcohol that is in the bloodstream after drinking, which is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood. This is the commonly used limit used by law enforcement to press criminal charges.

While working as a Prosecutor, Jeremy developed his skills to see every case from both a defence and prosecutor perspective. His prosecutorial work has given him an extensive body of knowledge and experience in the practices and procedures of the Crown and the Police. Each day Jeremy uses this knowledge and experience to successfully advise and defend his clients in any criminal matters they may be dealing with.

Initial Consultations

Christian, Kevin and Jeremy are always ready to make themselves available for an initial consultation, which costs you nothing. Teleconferences are perfectly acceptable as well for individuals who live in remote areas or cannot get to Grande Prairie, and evening and weekend consultations are available with advance arrangements. Banks, Gubbins and Andrews urges everyone who has been charged with any kind of offence to get some initial free advice to make a fully informed decision before making what may be one of the most important decisions in life, given the potentially devastating effects a criminal conviction can have.

Fees

Fees are never a surprise. Unlike civil lawyers who may charge hourly rates, you will always know up front what our fees are and the arrangements that can be made to make instalment payments if needed.

Banks, Gubbins and Andrews is a full service criminal law firm based in Grand Prairie, specializing in criminal cases involving impaired driving, narcotics offences, and other criminal law practice areas in federal and provincial jurisdictions.

Kevin Gubbins, Christian Banks and Jeremy Andrews are aggressive courtroom trial lawyers with high success rates and deep knowledge of the courts, personnel, and leanings of judges in the Grand Prairie and surrounding areas. Gubbins and Banks were practicing in Edmonton and moved to Grand Prairie in order to better serve the Peace Country area as a local law firm. We cover all surrounding areas and communities in Alberta and British Columbia, including Fox Creek, Valleyview, High Prairie, Fairview, Slave Lake, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Fahler, High Level, Jasper, Hinton, Grande Cache, Beaverlodge and Spirit River.