July 20, 2023 by FH&P Lawyers
FH&P Lawyers didn’t have to look far to find their new articling student, with Abu Khurana moving directly into the role after a short stint in office services.
Already a familiar face within the firm, Khurana attended Law School in England, at the University of Leicester, after completing his Criminology degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the Lower Mainland. He has been working part time with FH&P since October 2021 while completing the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) exams to earn this opportunity as an articling student.
“We are very proud of Abu’s efforts and we are thrilled to have him on board in a new capacity,” said Murray Bye, Chief Operating Officer. “Abu has already been a valuable team member, and we look forward to helping him take this next step in becoming a lawyer.”
Khurana is excited about launching his legal career with FH&P.
“It helps that I’ve already been here for a year and a half, building those relationships and just getting to know everyone,” said Khurana. Born in Edmonton, he moved to Kelowna for his teenage years as a KSS alum. “It’s been good, getting to see what goes into the back end as well, with the support team. For articling, if I have any questions, I won’t be hesitant to ask anyone. And there are a lot of different people that I can go to. Everyone is really welcoming and willing to help.”
Khurana will be articling for almost a calendar year, with the goal of getting called to the BC bar in 2024.
“It’s nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel now, because it has been a lot of schooling,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being more hands on and being able to apply what I learned over the years.”
Khurana hopes to focus on corporate and real estate law, while also getting a feel for civil litigation, family law, and wills and estates.
“You never know until you try it, so we’ll see what intrigues me, but as of right now, corporate and real estate are areas that I’m very interested in,” said Khurana, noting his family is heavily involved in real estate. He gravitated towards the field of law from a young age.
“Coming out of high school, becoming a lawyer was always Plan A,” added Khurana. “As I did my Criminology degree, you learn a lot more about the law—learning how people use the law and how they apply it in the different case law—and I found all that interesting. I just always found it to be an interesting career path.”
Upon returning to Kelowna and working with FH&P, Khurana manifested those aspirations.
“I let them know that’s the goal,” he said. “I was just chipping away at those exams, but that was the end goal, to move into the articling role.”
Outside of work, Khurana enjoys an active lifestyle in the Okanagan, from golfing in the summer to skiing in the winter. He is a big sports fan, cheering for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, among his favourite teams.
FH&P has had a great track record with the students that article at the firm. Managing Partner Dylan Switzer (2007), Partner Heidi Taylor (2003), and Associate Colin Flannigan (2013) did their articles with the firm.
FH&P Lawyers are rooted in community and have been helping clients in the Okanagan for over 100 years. To contact Abu directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org.