Born and raised in Halifax, Richard was called to the bar in 2012. He is a barrister and has been involved in more than 75 reported decisions from superior courts and the federal courts, most as lead counsel. Richard routinely appears in contested matters before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court, as well as many tribunals and adjudicative boards.

Among his practice areas are commercial and administrative litigation. He has extensive experience dealing with insurance matters, estate disputes, municipal issues (acting for and against municipalities), and cases involving the fisheries. He has represented many clients engaged in claims relating to public authorities, including constitutional challenges to legislation and government action.


Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (2012)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • University of King’s College (BA, 2003)
  • University of Kent (MA, 2006)
  • University of King’s College (BJ – one-year program, 2008)
  • Dalhousie University (JD, 2011)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Canadian Maritime Law Association

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Board member, Nova Scotia Gambia Association (2012-2015)
  • Commission member, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (2013-2016)
  • Treasurer – Eastern Admiralty Law Association

Lectures & Presentations

  • Presenter, “A Primer on Judicial Reviews” – Nova Scotia Legal Aid Professional Development Day, December 2015

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association


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