McInnes Cooper

Employment Department

Atlantic Canada
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What the team is known for Pre-eminent employment and labour practice group, lauded for its skilful representation of local, national and international employers. Offers in-depth knowledge of labour relations in both unionised and non-unionised situations. Employment practice provides adept guidance on termination disputes, pensions and benefits, human rights matters and workplace health and safety. Industry expertise cuts across sectors including oil and gas, construction and property, mining, shipping and aviation.

Strengths One market observer noted of the firm's broad presence that "in the Atlantic, they're in the majority in every single big city."

Notable practitioners


Brad Proctor
has garnered an increasingly notable reputation for his capabilities in human rights, workers' compensation and wrongful dismissal mandates. His peers variously describe him as "a hard worker" and "a mover and shaker."


Denis Mahoney
is a St. John's-based lawyer whose practice encompasses collective bargaining, drug and alcohol testing and cannabis-related employment issues. He also frequently acts as employer counsel before labour board tribunals and human rights tribunals.


Jack Graham QC
is based in Halifax and is widely recognised for his skills in labour arbitrations, collective bargaining and occupational health and safety. Commentators applaud him for being "superb" and "a great labour lawyer."


Malcolm Boyle QC
is a Halifax-based partner who possesses a broad range of expertise, from representing employers before labour tribunals to wrongful terminations and occupational health and safety matters. Sources appreciate that he is an "excellent lawyer" who is "very practical."