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Ian Sutherland


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



Language(s) spoken: English, French

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2002

Legal Assistant(s): April Lipton

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Working with clients such as property developers, lenders, governments, landlords, tenants, venture capitalists, business owners and health care institutions, some of the ways Ian has helped his clients achieve their business objectives are by:

  • Acting for landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases.
  • Advising venture capital funds and private investors on structuring and executing investments in private companies.
  • Acting for local property developers and mortgage lenders in the financing and refinancing of both existing commercial and retail properties and new commercial and multi-unit residential developments.
  • Acting for condominium developers in connection with the creation and registration of multi-class condominium projects.
  • Acting for corporations and real estate investment trusts in connection with the acquisition, financing and disposition of commercial (including industrial) properties.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 2001
Mount Allison University, BA (first class honours, Economics), 1996


Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2020 – present
Associate Practice Manager – Nova Scotia, Business, Stewart McKelvey,
2014 – 2016
Member, Associate Evaluation & Compensation Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2014 – 2016
Chair, board of directors, PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society, 2013 – present
Board member, PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society, 2010 – present
Ticket sales manager, Autism Golf Ball Committee, 2010 – 2012
Stewardship Co-chair – Member of Church Council, St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014 – 2016
Committee Co-chair, University of New Brunswick Law Class of 2001 Scholarship
Member, Clinical Advisory Team to The Dalhousie Family Medicine Support Program for Primary Care to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, 2009 – present (Chair, 2014 – 2016)
Member, Saint Andrew’s United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Best Lawyers: Real Estate Law, 2012 – 2021
Lexpert rating: Property Development, 2017 – 2020
Lexpert rating: Property Leasing, 2019 – 2020
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2020


Presenter, “Building Blocks: Issues in condominium transactions”, Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia branch, Real Property Section, May 2017

Co-presenter, “Restrictive Covenants Revisited: Tying Things Up – Getting What Your Client Bargained For“, Canadian Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 2015

Co-presenter, “A Discussion of Issues that Arise in New Condominium Transactions“, Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch, Real Property Section, October 2011

Co-presenter, “Properly Conducting Condominium Transactions to Minimize Risks and Liabilities Unique to Atlantic Canada”, The Canadian Institute Conference: Managing Risks & Exploiting Opportunities in Atlantic Canada Commercial Real Estate, May 2011

Sessional Instructor, Commerce 2603: Legal Aspects of Business, Faculty of Management, School of Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Summer 2009

Presenter, “Role of Title Insurance in Commercial Transactions”, Canadian Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 2007

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