Colin J. Clarke, KC


Colin is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer.  His practice focuses on health law and medical defence, including acting as lead counsel for the Canadian Medical Protective Association and its members throughout Nova Scotia.

In addition, Colin also practices in the areas of insurance, administrative, regulatory, and energy law.  His practice includes institutional and government litigation including representation of parties adverse to the Crown in complex administrative inquiries.

Colin was appointed Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 2012.


Appeared before all levels of Courts including the Nova Scotia Provincial Court, Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and various other administrative tribunals.

Lead counsel in Nova Scotia for a major national grocer.


King's Counsel

  • 2012

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (1992)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • Acadia University (BA Honours, 1988)
  • Dalhousie Law School (LLB, 1991)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, England (LLM with Merit, 1993)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Professional Responsibility Policies & Procedures Committee (2019 – 2022)
  • Nova Scotia Medical Legal Society
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Complaints Investigation Committee (2010 – 2016)

Activities Within Firm

  • Finance Partner – Halifax Executive (2023 – )
  • Finance Partner – Halifax Executive (2007 – 2010)

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Board of Directors, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia (2010 – 2015)
  • Board Member, Halifax Assistance Fund (2007 – 2009)

Lectures & Presentations

  • Presentation to Dalhousie Law School Advanced Negligence Class Medical Malpractice Litigation (2023)
  • Presentation to Pediatric Emergency Room Physicians – Respecting the College Complaint Process (September 2018)
  • MSI Audits and Appeals – Autumn Surgical Section (NS) Meeting (2011)
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society – Trust Everyone But Always Cut The Cards (2010)
  • The Nova Scotia Medical Legal Society – Refusing to Provide Treatment (2008)
  • Defence Perspective – presentation to hearing committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (2007)
  • The College Investigation Process for Disciplinary Complaints, A Doctor’s Perspective – presentation to the investigation committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (2006)
  • Physicians Infected with Bloodborne Pathogens – presentation to the Nova Scotia Medical Legal Society (2005)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Orthopaedic Department – Recent medical/legal issues respecting orthopods (2001)
  • Dalhousie Health Law Society Career Day (1999 and 2002)
  • Nova Scotia Canadian Bar Association Health Law Subsection – MacPhail v. DesRosiers: Legal analysis and implications for physicians/hospital liability (1999)

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association


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