Ewen Boyd LLP is a boutique law firm practicing in family law, residential real estate, wills and estate planning throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka, with our head office in Barrie. 

We are a family owned and operated law firm, with 18 years combined legal experience. Our lawyers have argued cases throughout Ontario from Windsor to Peterborough. We have bought and sold houses for clients all across Ontario. 

Our lawyers are dedicated to Simcoe/Muskoka and devote their free time to volunteer work with the following organizations (past and present): Green Haven Shelter for Women, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, OSPCA, and more.

We have the advice and expertise to help your family, providing personal, one - on - one legal advice for any stage of life. Call us, we care!


About Our Lawyers


John H. Ewen

John is experienced in the area of Family Law. He has advised clients on countless Separation Agreements and Family Court matters.  He is trained in Collaborative Family law practice and has worked at law firms in Simcoe County and Waterloo Region. He has acted on cases at all levels of Court in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal. 

John has expertise in many different areas of Family Law including Parenting (Custody/Access), Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division and Equalization, Restraining Orders, Family Responsibility Office matters, Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements.

There are many different process choices in a family law matter. John is equally comfortable negotiating out of Court, or representing clients in Family Court. Because of the greater emotional and financial cost of Family Court proceedings, John helps clients to consider alternative options and processes before going to Family Court. 

John is familiar with a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution processes and has advised clients who have participated in Mediation, Collaborative family law and other processes.

John served in the Canadian Army Reserve from 2002 to 2011 in the Infantry and Artillery corps. Today he spends his spare time skiing, bicycling or at the family cottage with his wife Laura.


Laura C. Boyd

Laura’s practice focuses on residential real estate (buying, selling and refinancing homes), but she is experienced in family law litigation, residential real estate and estate planning, as well as criminal law and provincial offence matters. Prior to opening Ewen Boyd LLP, Laura practiced at some of Simcoe County's top law firms. Ewen Boyd LLP is a boutique law firm run by husband/wife team John and Laura. Together, they aim to provide a client driven response to families' legal needs.  

Laura's clients often remark that she is approachable, and down to earth. She believes that the relationship between a lawyer and client is often the result of stressful life changes, and she is here to simplify the process and keep you informed.

Over her career Laura has helped many families in residential real estate, marriage and cohabitation agreements, separation agreements, family court litigation, and wills and estate planning. She is sensitive to the emotions involved in separation and assists her clients into a transition out of a marriage and into co-parenting. Laura has bought, sold and mortgaged residential real estate for her clients across Ontario and always finds joy in helping families or young adults in buying their dream home. At all stages, Laura is available to advise, and prepare a Will and Power of Attorney for her clients.

Laura is a volunteer in her community. She has been involved in several local Charities, including Green Haven Women’s Shelter where she had roles including, president, vice chair, and secretary. Laura is a Board member of the Barrie Real Estate Lawyers Association “BRELA”. She has also spent time volunteering with animal based charities including the SPCA and Kids for Turtles.  

In her spare time, Laura enjoys going to the cottage with her husband, kayaking and hiking, skiing, jogging, horseback riding and spending time with her pets.


Vanessa J. Playtis

Vanessa joins Ewen Boyd after working in several mid-large size firms in Simcoe County and Toronto. She brings with her a vast experience in multiple areas of law, however her focus and enjoyment in practice mainly revolves around residential and commercial real estate, estate planning and corporate law.

Vanessa has a warm, supportive manner as she helps her clients complete their matters from start to finish, promptly and efficiently. Vanessa is a team player with an “I can figure it out” attitude. Vanessa prides herself on going the extra mile to find the answer for her clients. Vanessa will take strides to help assist her clients’ needs. In this respect, she makes an excellent part of the team at Ewen Boyd, where we value a ‘small firm approach’ to a client needs. Vanessa is a great asset to our client base.

Vanessa finds support in these efforts through her memberships in Barrie Real Estate Lawyers Association and Business Partners in Action where she meets with other real estate lawyers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, interior designers and insurance specialists. Vanessa has also taken on a significant leadership role in the Ontario Bar Association real estate section executive.

When she’s not practicing law, Vanessa loves to cook and enjoys hitting the hiking trails to take scenic photographs throughout Simcoe County with her family and pets.