Luke Hayden is a lawyer in Cox & Palmer’s St. John’s office practising in the areas of tax, corporate, and commercial law for both developing and established companies. Working closely with clients, their accountants and other advisors, he frequently advises on matters relating to organizational structures, corporate reorganizations, investment and financing, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder matters.

Luke is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is in the process of completing the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course.

While attending Law School, Luke volunteered with the Pro Bono Students Canada Wills Project attaining practical legal skills interacting with clients, drafting powers of attorney and personal directives. This experience also deepened Luke’s awareness of the value of pro bono services in our community.

Prior to obtaining his Juris Doctor from the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law in 2018, Luke obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University. He began his legal career with Cox & Palmer as a law student in 2016. Luke was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in February 2019.

Luke is fiercely competitive and outside of work, loves to play Catan, a board game of strategy over luck. Often triumphant, Luke’s wins come from constant analysis, patience over his rivals and the confidence to form alliances for the common good. All great skills to take into his legal practice.


Bar Admission

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (2019)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law


  • Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law (2018)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.B.A. 2015)

Activities Within Firm

  • Member, Corporate & Commercial Practice Group
  • Member, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group
  • Member, Tax Practice Group
  • Member, ALT (Startups) Practice Group

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Wills Project – Pro Bono Students Canada

Law Society Memberships

  • Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • English