Peter McLellan, QC


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




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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1973

Legal Assistant(s): Susan Snow

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Peter carries on an extensive practice focusing on labour, employment and pension and employee benefits law. Pension and benefit plan liabilities, managing employee health and family issues and maintaining operating flexibility are all challenges faced by today’s employers. Peter works with manufacturers, health care providers, universities, and school boards to overcome these challenges. Peter has helped his clients navigate these difficult challenges by:

  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements for multiple new long-term care facilities.
  • Successfully advising a major manufacturer who has been operating union free for over 25 years.
  • Advising sponsors of some of the largest pension plans in Atlantic Canada on a broad range of issues including plan funding, governance, surplus entitlement and wind-up.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1973
Mount Allison University, B.A., 1969


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Past president, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Coordinator, Nova Scotia Employers Roundtable


Queen’s Counsel, 1990
Legal Media Group, Expert Guides, World’s Finest Labour & Employment lawyers, 2014
Best Lawyers 2015 Labour and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Guide to World’s Best Labour & Employment Lawyers 2011
Lawday’s Leading Lawyers: Employment Law, 2009
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, 2014-2015 (Management L&E)
Best Lawyers: Employee Benefits Law, 2008-2019
Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law, 2006, 2008-2019
Inductee – U.S. College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2013
Lexpert rating: Employment Law
Lexpert rating: Labour Relations
Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)

Thought Leadership


Presenter, “Interest Arbitration Workshop”, Lancaster, Halifax, 2015

Presenter, “Social Media – Employment Issues”, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Halifax, 2015

Presenter, “Employment Law A-Z”, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Halifax, 2014

Presenter, “Current Pension Issues”, Lancaster, Toronto, 2013

Panel chair, “Labour Law Update”, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Banff, 2012

Presenter, “Emerging Pension Issues”, Lancaster, Halifax, 2011

Presenter, “Collective Bargaining Post BC Health Services”, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Vancouver, 2010

Presenter, “Current Legal Issues”, Canadian Pension & Benefit Institute, PEI, 2010

Presenter, “Managing the Difficult Employee”, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 2010

Presenter, “Top 10 Rules of Collective Agreement Interpretation”, Lancaster, Halifax, 2010

Presenter, “Emerging Issues for Employers”, International Association of Pension & Benefit Lawyers, Quebec City, 2010

Presenter, “Employers Perspective Post BC Health Services”, Conference on Freedom of Associations, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2010

Presenter, “Costs in Pension Litigation”, Pension Litigation and Governance, Canadian Institute, Toronto, 2010