Robert Grant, QC


Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen

Rough seas, safe passage.

Rob is an experienced advocate whose practice is focused on corporate commercial litigation and administrative law, with a special interest in energy and regulated industries, particularly the oil and gas industry. A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has been practicing for 30 years—and knows from experience how to practically navigate clients’ challenges into opportunities.

Representative matters

Rob helps clients understand the legal matters that concern them and maps out the most effective and efficient plan or approach. He has acted as counsel in a wide variety of litigation before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, private arbitration tribunals and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB). His practice has included:
  • Litigation of major commercial disputes.
  • Injunctions.
  • Administrative tribunal work and appearances before the UARB on land use planning and development matters, expropriations, water, gas and and electrical utility rate hearings and hearings respecting municipal amalgamations and annexation.
  • Applications for judicial review or statutory appeals from tribunal decisions.
  • Advice and representation in connection with applications for approvals of projects including the Sable Offshore Energy project and EnCana Corporation in connection with Deep Panuke.
  • Acting as project manager for the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment to draft omnibus environmental legislation reflected in the Environmental Act S.N.S. 1994-5, c.1.
  • Acting for clients as an advocate on environmental assessments including mining, off-shore drilling, environmental clean-up and energy projects.
  • Advice and representation concerning regulation of automobile insurance including appearances before the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick regulators and appeals.


Nova Scotia, 1981


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1980
Oxford University, B.A. (jurisprudence), 1979 (Rhodes Scholar, Maritimes Region, 1977)
Harvard College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1977




  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009
  • Director, Urban Development Institute, 2004-present
  • Chairman, Halifax Grammar School, 2009-2012
  • Nova Scotia Round Table on Environmental and Sustainable Prosperity, 2007-present
  • Director, Halifax City Soccer Club, 1996-2009; chair, 2005-2009
  • Life member, Halifax City Soccer Club
  • Trustee, IWK Health Centre Foundation, 1996-1998
  • Honourary trustee, IWK Health Centre Foundation, 1998
  • Secretary, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation, Maritimes Region, 1989-2004
  • Trustee, Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation, 1989-2002




Directors and Officers Liability
Energy - Electricity Corporate
Energy - Oil and Gas Regulatory
Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Litigation - Corporate Commercial
Property and Real Estate Development


BV Distinguished®

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  • Best Lawyers 2017 Energy Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2014 Natural Resources Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2012 Energy Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers: Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Energy Regulatory Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Environmental Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Natural Resources Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • 2008, 2009 and 2012, Member, Lexpert/American Lawyer Media's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, 2014-2016 (Environment)
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources) 2012-2014, 2017
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial), 2015


  • Standard of Review in Practice since Dunsmuir - Panelist, Canadian Bar Association: Mid-Winter Conference, February 2014
  • Regulatory Issues concerning Encana’s Deep Panuke Project (2007) 30 Dal. L.J. 423
  • Potential for Performance-Based Regulation in the Canadian Offshore Oil and Gas Industry (with Will Moreira and David Henley) (2006) 44 Alta. L.Rev. 1
  • Drainage Issues in the Atlantic Canada Offshore Petroleum Industry (with Richard A. Neufeld) (2001 24 Dal. L.J. 127)
  • Remedies for Contaminated Property, Prepared for Interconnections & Complexities of Environmental Law, A joint presentation of the Continuing Legal Education Society ofNova Scotia and Dalhousie Law School, January 28, 2000
  • Emerging Issues in East Coast Oil and Gas Development, Presentation before the Lessons from Frontier Regions Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland, October, 1998
  • Co-author of Chapter on Nova Scotia in Contaminated Property in Canada, Carswell, 1996
  • Introduction to Environmental Law, Presentation to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, Professional Development Program, November 1994
  • Environmental Liability, Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association, April 1994
  • Environmental Assessments, Canadian Institute, April 1994
  • Insurance Coverage for Environmental Risks, Canadian Institute, April 1994
  • Environmental Law in the Construction Context, Technical University of Nova Scotia, December 1993
  • Environmental Approvals in Nova Scotia, Canadian Institute, April 1993
  • Waste Approvals in Atlantic Canada, Canadian Institute, June 1992
  • Insurance Coverage for Underground and Above Ground Storage Tanks, Canadian Institute, June 1992
  • Contributor, Environmental Offences in Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia Department of the Environment), May 1992
  • Achieving Environmental Protection: An Industry Perspective, Canadian Bar Association Annual Meeting, Administrative/Environmental Law Section, 1992
  • Provincial Regulatory Procedures in Atlantic Canada, Symposium on Canadian Environmental Regulations and Issues in the Shore Zone convened by the Canadian Coastal Science and Engineering Association, October 1991
  • The Environmental Approval Process in Nova Scotia, Canadian Institute, October 1990
  • Judicial Review by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court of Administrative Tribunals, Continuing Legal Education, April, 1990
  • Policy Limits and Claims over Policy Limits, Continuing Legal Education, March, 1986
  • 1985 - 1989, Parttime Faculty, Dalhousie Law School
  • Occasional Guest Lecturer in Environmental at Dalhousie Law School

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3328
F 902.420.1417

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