Cox & Palmer Welcomes International Counsel with Innovative Perspective

October 15, 2021

Jane Elise Bates has joined the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer in a hybrid position of Corporate Lawyer and Practice Innovation Leader.

Prior to joining Cox & Palmer, Jane held the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch, managing operations for the association representing 1,400+ lawyers, judges, legal academics, and law students across the province. The broad scope of this role involved the implementation of governance best-practices, improved regulatory compliance and actively promoting the legal profession while also managing the association’s pandemic response.

As Counsel in the Halifax office, Jane Elise Bates brings extensive experience and an international perspective to our Business Law group. Before joining private practice, Jane spent 15 years working as corporate counsel within government and multi-national corporations in the telecommunications, security, defence, and aviation industries in Australia and France.

“We are delighted to welcome Jane to our firm. Her global experience and insights will be a valuable resource for our clients,” says Dan Ingersoll, Managing Partner of Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office. “As Practice Innovation Leader, Jane will work with our Innovation team, further enhancing productivity, law practice efficiencies and increasing client value.”

Jane has strong business acumen and understands the importance of giving practical and commercially sound legal solutions. She is also recognized for her ability to partner with clients to identify and manage legal risks.  In 2015, she was awarded ‘In-House Lawyer of the Year’ at the Australian Law Awards.

Jane is also an angel investor, participating financially and as an advisor to a portfolio of international start-ups. “I enjoy working with companies to establish a solid legal foundation for growth ensuring their interests and assets are protected,” says Jane Elise Bates.  “I look forward to working with Cox & Palmer’s clients, helping them meet regulatory and corporate compliance requirements and expand into new markets.”