J. Paul M. Harquail, ACIArb

Bilingual Partner

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
- Henry Ford

Skilled advocacy

Paul brings a hands-on approach to his client relationships. Taking the time to understand his clients’ businesses or personal situations allows him to develop a plan to achieve their goals. Paul practices in both English and French and aims to achieve trusted advisor status with his clients.

Representative matters

Paul’s clients come to him looking for creative strategies to achieve specific goals. These clients include insurance, (P & I) interests, transportation companies, personal and corporate taxpayers, large corporate interests and companies in the resource/transportation-based industries. Some of the ways he helps these clients include:
  • Insurance defence work resulting from environmental/occurrences; asset losses, personal injuries files involving fleet  transportation; claims on disability/critical illness policies; and defending clients charged with regulatory offences / Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) offenses.
  • Significant practice in corporate and personal income tax litigation; all manner of objections/appeals; advising during search warrants/special investigations/audits.
  • Representing large multinational shipping interests and protection and indemnity (P & I) clubs, in some instances acting as their correspondent, in matters such as  ship arrests, collisions, cargo loss, environmental infractions, personal injury claims, regulatory offences and transactional work such as buying or selling ships, financing, licensing and vessel construction.
  • Reviewing and drafting transportation agreements, bills of lading, vessel construction contracts and addressing resultant claims/disputes.

Areas of practice:

  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • International Trade Regulation
  • Life & Disability
  • Litigation
  • Litigation – Tax
  • Maritime and Transportation
  • Occupational Health and Safety


New Brunswick, 1991


Law Society of New Brunswick
Saint John Law Society
Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1990 (Dean’s List)
Université de Strasbourg, France, D.E.U.P.,1985
Université d'Ottawa, B.A., 1984


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Vice president, board of directors, Union Club Saint John, 2018 - present
  • Secretary, board of directors, Union Club Saint John, 2017 - 2018
  • Eastern vice-president, board of directors, Canadian Maritime Law Association, 2015-present
  • Chair, Federal Court Act and Rules Committee, Canadian Maritime Law Association, 2015-present
  • Honourary Executive Member, National ADR Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2014-present
  • Member, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, 2014-present
  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, 2013-present
  • Chair, Maritime & Marine Law Section, New Brunswick Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 2008-present
  • Advisor, President’s Circle, University of Ottawa, 2008-2015
  • Associate member, CIArb London, England, 2008-present
  • Member, Tax Payers Ombudsman National Advisory Committee, 2009 - 2015
  • Co-Chair, Arrest and Sale of Ships Committee, CMLA, 2010-2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Maritime Law Association (“CMLA”), 2011-present
  • Past Chair, National ADR Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2013-2014
  • Chair, National ADR Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • Vice Chair, National ADR Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2011-2012
  • Chair, Saint John Seafarer's Mission, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2014-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Saint John Seafarer's Mission, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2012-present
  • Chair, Maritime and Transportation Practice Group, Stewart McKelvey, 2013-present
  • Member, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group, 2013-present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, 2010-2012
  • Director, Saint John Airport Inc., 1998-2010
  • Chair, Marketing Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2010
  • Chair, Governance Committee, Saint John Airport Inc., 2005-2009
  • President, Young Lawyer’s Conference, New Brunswick Branch, 2008
  • Director, Union Club Saint John, 2000 - 2002
  • National Chair, Constitutional Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2002-2003
  • Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
  • Corporate Advisor, Ottawa Life Magazine
  • Member, The Union Club, Saint John, New Brunswick, 1991 - present
  • Holder, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Transport Canada


English, French


Shipping and Maritime Law



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  • Best Lawyers: Environmental Law, 2015-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Maritime Law, 2008-2010


  • Presenter, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (“SAMS”) Conference, Halifax, 2011
  • Presenter, “Tax Law for Owner Managed Business”, 2007 Assessments and Reassessments,  CBA New Brunswick
  • Presenter, “Tax Case Overview”, 2004 Tax Atlantic Provinces Tax Seminar, Sobey School of Business, St. Mary’s University

Suite 1000, Brunswick House
44 Chipman Hill
Saint John, NB, Canada
E2L 2A9

P 506.632.8313
F 506.634.3579
C 506.639.0974

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