John McFarlane, QC


Suite 900, Purdy’s Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water St.
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 3N2




Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1970

Legal Assistant(s): Shana Marshall

John’s wealth of experience ensures his clients receive prudent and practical advice. A QC since 1986, John has been actively involved with the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. For the latter, he held a number of senior positions, including president. He was formerly a director of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC).

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1969
Dalhousie University, B.Comm., 1967


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Past president, Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society
Member, Canadian Insolvency Association


Queen’s Counsel, 1986
Best Lawyers 2017 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2016 Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2015 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2013 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2006, 2008-2019
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2008-2019
Best Lawyers: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2006, 2008-2019
Best Lawyers: Real Estate Law, 2006, 2008-2019
Lexpert rating: Banking &  Financial Institutions
Lexpert rating: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
Lexpert rating: Property Development
Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)