The Honourable Clyde K. Wells, QC
Paralegal – Litigation

Clyde has had an extensive legal and political career. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Clyde built a thriving legal practice before serving as the fifth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1989-1996.

Upon his departure from politics, Clyde joined one of this firm’s predecessor firms and practiced with us for two and a half years prior to his appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Court of Appeal).  He was appointed Chief Justice of the province in 1999, a position he held for 10 years until he chose to step down. Clyde remained as a supernumerary justice of the appellate court until his full retirement from the bench in November 2012.

In his role as Counsel, Clyde’s availability and advice will be a tremendous asset, and will further enhance our accomplished team, practice, and client service.  He was appointed Chair of the Cox & Palmer Board in January 2014, a position he held until December 2017. The Board has since named him Chairman Emeritus.


Queen's Counsel

  • 1978

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia Bar (1963)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Bar (1964)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • Memorial University (B.A., 1959)
  • Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1962)

Activities Within Firm

  • Chair of the Board (2014-2017)

Lectures & Presentations

  • Presentations respecting constitutional issues at various universities, including Memorial University, Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick, Harvard University, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan and University of Calgary.

Law Society Memberships

  • Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador


  • English