Brian W. Downie, KC

Brian W. Downie, KC

Legal Assistant

Brian is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1982 after completing his education at Saint Mary’s University (BA HONS, 1979) and Dalhousie Law School (LLB, 1982).

Brian’s practice focuses on health law and medical defence, including acting as counsel to the Canadian Medical Protective Association and its member physicians.

Brian was appointed to Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 2002. In 2020, Brian was made a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.


King's Counsel

  • 2002

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (1982)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • Saint Mary’s University (BA, 1978) (Honours Equivalency 1979)
  • Dalhousie Law School (LLB, 1982)

Activities Within Firm

  • Finance Partner – Halifax Executive (2019 and 2020)

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • English