Ottawa-based partner John MacDonell returns to government

John MacDonell will take a one year leave of absence from the firm to assume the role of Chief of Staff to the Honourable Erin O’Toole, federal Minister of Veteran Affairs, commencing January 21. John has known Minister O’Toole for almost 20 years. It is the combination of the caliber of this minister and their shared sense of purpose with regard to Canada’s veterans, that has led John to accept this central role. John’s return to government underscores the high regard in which he is held by those in government, politics and in Canada’s military family.

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Lawrence Freeman, QC, steers discussion on port and waterfront city retail markets

June 12, 2019

During the Atlantic Real Estate Forum this afternoon in Halifax, partner Lawrence Freeman, QC, will serve as the moderator on a panel providing an industrial and retail market update, specifically for port and waterfront cities.…

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Congratulations to our eight newest associates

June 7, 2019

Following the Nova Scotia Bar Admission Ceremony earlier today, we welcome new associates Matthew Jacobs, Nico Jones, Dylan MacDonald, Kimberly MacLachlan, Kathleen Mitchell, Alycia Novacefski, Sam Ward and Keisha Wright.

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How to defend class action proceedings

June 7, 2019

During the Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual General Meeting and Conference in Toronto, Halifax partner Scott Campbell reviewed the procedures and strategies for defending class actions, as well as provided an assessment of the recent trends…

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Christa Korens and John Samms join Stewart McKelvey

June 5, 2019

We welcome associates Christa Korens and John Samms, to our Halifax and St. John’s office, respectively. Christa’s practice will focus on health law and insurance defence litigation, while John will help to solve disputes in…

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Robert Dysart, QC, appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench

June 4, 2019

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced this afternoon that Moncton partner Robert Dysart, QC, has been appointed to be a justice of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s…

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Daniela Bassan discusses what IP litigators need to know about contract law

May 30, 2019

At the 2019 Canadian Bar Association IP Day conference in Ottawa, Halifax partner Daniela Bassan will be on a panel reviewing emerging issues in contract law and intellectual property. She joins panelists from Toronto and…

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Divya Subramanian speaks on what it means to be an Internationally Trained Lawyer

May 23, 2019

During a town hall meeting this afternoon presented by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax associate Divya Subramanian will share how fellow Internationally Trained Lawyers (“ITLs”) in the province can succeed. Hosted by the…

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Karen Bennett-Clayton involved in significant civil action appeal decision

May 15, 2019

Following a recent decision from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, lawyers can continue to ask witnesses to provide collision sketches at pretrial discovery hearings. Halifax partner Karen Bennett-Clayton successfully argued that, “it is right…

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Lydia Bugden recognized as a top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada

May 9, 2019

Stewart McKelvey chief executive officer and managing partner Lydia Bugden was chosen by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the region’s most accomplished business leaders with a top 50 CEO award. We congratulate her and…

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Candace L. Thomas, QC, makes history as first woman Chair of Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors

May 9, 2019

Halifax partner Candace L. Thomas, QC, has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, effective July 1, 2019, and will be the first woman to hold this role in the…

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