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Barrister. Mediator. Arbitrator

Barrister. Mediator. Arbitrator

Thanks for visiting my website. I hope you find it useful and informative. You will find information here about my background, credentials and professional services as well as some articles I have written on a variety of legal topics in my practice areas.

I am an employment and labour lawyer, based in Kentville, Nova Scotia. I advise and represent employees, employers of all sizes, unions and labour organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  My private practice includes employment contracts (negotiation, drafting, advice), wrongful dismissal (claims and defense) , advice on severance packages, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, collective bargaining and contract negotiations, Labour Board applications, grievance arbitrations, union representation issues, Labour Standards matters, occupational health and safety, employment policies and practices, Human Rights (federal and provincial), the duty to accommodate and workplace investigations. My clients are located throughout Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.

I also have a good deal of experience as a municipal government lawyer and as an advisor in the specialized field of the law of non-profit corporations. I have particular expertise in advising inter-municipal services corporations. I am General Counsel for the Valley Waste-Resource Management Authority, an inter-municipal corporation made up currently of the Counties of Kings and Annapolis and the Towns of Hantsport, Wolfville, Kentville, Berwick, Middleton, Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. I am also the municipal solicitor for the Town of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia and I advise non-profit organizations and municipal governments throughout Nova Scotia on issues such as labour and employment, governance and internal dispute resolution.

I am available as a neutral mediator and arbitrator, in both labour and non-labour cases. I have been named by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Government of Canada) as an approved Labour Arbitrator, Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator and Wage Recovery Referee under the Canada Labour Code and as a neutral Adjudicator under the Wage Earner Protection Program (Canada). I can conduct mediations and arbitrations in English anywhere in Atlantic Canada.

I know from experience that most disputes, whether they are between individuals, within families or with companies or governments can be resolved fairly and cheaply by respectful negotiation, through mediation or by private arbitration. I believe Courts should be the last resort, when all else had failed, and when there is no other avenue available. There is more information about mediation and private dispute resolution under the Private Dispute Resolution Tab on this page to the left.

New clients are welcome to make confidential inquiries. For more information about the kinds of cases I take on and my legal services delivery model please have a look under the Legal Services tab on the left. Confidential inquiries can be sent to me through this website, using the ‘contact form’ or by phone, letter or email, if you prefer. As always, your privacy will be respected.

Best regards,

Michael Coyle