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Burtley Francis, K.C.


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2008

Legal Assistant(s): Cynthia Robicheau

Burtley’s clients range from owner managed businesses to larger private/public companies and are found in industries as diverse as telecommunications, manufacturing, information technology and entertainment. Some examples of how he has helped his clients are:

  • The acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion.
  • The sale leaseback transaction between Sobeys and Crombie REIT with respect to 70 properties and proceeds of approximately $990 million.
  • Corporate Restructuring – re-organizing their business by implementing a more tax-efficient share structure and coordinating amalgamations and dissolutions involving companies in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Purchase/Sale of Businesses – assisting with both asset and share transactions including a $75 million sale of a telecommunications customer support centre.
  • Commercial Financing – assisting in various credit financing arrangements including a credit financing of a telecommunications company worth approximately $30 million.
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance – providing advice on regulatory compliance of advertising and marketing campaigns, contests and promotions.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2007
University of Ottawa, B.Sc. (honours), 2004


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, board of governors, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2018 – 2021
Co-chair, Stewart McKelvey students committee, 2018 – present
Council member, Advertising Standards Canada, 2018 – present
Member, student recruitment committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2017 – present
Member, diversity & inclusion committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2016 – present
Member, board of directors, Black Business Initiative, 2014 – present


King’s Counsel, 2024
Lexpert Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40’, 2022
Lexpert rating: Advertising & Marketing Law, 2022, 2024
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2022-2024
Lexpert rating: Competition Law, 2021 – 2022
Lexpert rating: Franchise Law, 2021

Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Advertising”, Canadian Bar Association / Consumer Protection Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section session

February 08, 2022

Co-presenter, “Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Perfect Compliance Program” The Canadian Institute 24th Advertising & Marketing Law Conference

January 22, 2018

Co-presenter, “Get Ready for Anti-Spam” Stewart McKelvey Halifax

February 01, 2014

Co-presenter, “Personal Property Security Act – Fundamentals” Stewart McKelvey Moncton

June 01, 2010

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