John Drayton

John’s practice is litigation-based, with an emphasis on serving the forestry and motor transport industries. John has appeared in all levels of court in the province and before many administrative tribunals. He has also acted as counsel in mediations and arbitrations.

John has been practicing law in Kamloops since 1987. In 1994 he established his own law corporation, Drayton Law Firm, which is part of Gibraltar Law Group. John holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia.

John follows a long tradition within his family. His great grandfather, William Savage, practiced law in Vancouver from 1906 to 1956. His grandmother, Helen Drayton, started practicing law in 1932, when it was quite uncommon for women to do that.

John enjoys sailing and curling. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children.

Antoaneta Vuteva

As an associate with Gibraltar Law Group, Antoaneta Vuteva focuses her practice on estate and succession planning and estate administration. Toni assists her clients in preparing their wills, powers of attorney and representation agreements. In addition, she provides a mobile service “Wills on Wheels” to assist her clients with mobility issues.

Toni also assists her clients when it comes to administering the estates of deceased persons, which includes applications for probate and letters of administration.

Academically, Toni has graduated with two Master’s Degrees in Education and Law from Sofia University in 2002. Toni was appointed as a Prosecutor Junior in Bulgaria in 2005 (which is the equivalent of a Crown Counsel in Canada). During her professional training she specialized in The French National Centre for the Judiciary in Bordeaux, France in 2005. After moving to Canada, she later obtained her Juris Doctor’s degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2015.

She became an articled student in 2016 as she articled with Elizabeth Fry, Gibraltar Law Group, and Martin & Martin Lawyers.

Toni enjoys hiking, dancing, choir singing and swimming. She speaks more than four foreign languages, including French, Bulgarian, Russian and Macedonian. She can also read Latin. Toni and her husband are proud parents of two sons, both classically trained musicians.

 

Blake Tancock

Blake’s practice is litigation-based with a focus on employment law, estate litigation, collections, and corporate litigation.

Blake has appeared in the Supreme Courts, Small Claims Courts, and Traffic Courts of B.C. He first moved to Kamloops in 2008 to attend Thompson Rivers University. In 2009 Blake was the starting goalie for TRU Hockey’s Inaugural season. Blake spent multiple years working in the food service industry as a bartender and restaurant manager. Blake also has experience in various construction and trade jobs.

Blake returned to Thompson Rivers University in 2012 to complete his Juris Doctor in Law. In his second year at TRU Law Blake was the Internal Vice President of the TRU Society of Law Students.