Burtley Francis


“Good can always be better, until it’s best.”

Preparation leads success.

Being prepared for coming change drives success in the business world.  Burtley helps clients maintain their commercial advantage by staying current on the trends affecting their businesses and providing practical advice using his experience, knowledge and skill set. Attentive and responsive to his clients’ needs, he identifies issues before they become problems. In the flurry to close the deal, Burtley distinguishes the priorities and delivers what is needed, when it is needed.

Representative matters

Burtley’s clients range from owner managed businesses to larger private/public companies and are found in industries as diverse as telecommunications, manufacturing, information technology and entertainment.  Some examples of how he has helped his clients are:
  • The acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion. 
  • The sale leaseback transaction between Sobeys and Crombie REIT with respect to 70 properties and proceeds of approximately $990 million.
  • Corporate Restructuring – re-organizing their business by implementing a more tax-efficient share structure and coordinating amalgamations and dissolutions involving companies in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Purchase/Sale of Businesses – assisting with both asset and share transactions including a $75 million sale of a telecommunications customer support centre.  
  • Commercial Financing – assisting in various credit financing arrangements including a credit financing of a telecommunications company worth approximately $30 million.
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance – providing advice on regulatory compliance of advertising and marketing campaigns, contests and promotions.

Areas of practice:

  • Business Transactions
  • Owner Managed Business
  • IT/Intellectual Property
  • Advertising/Marketing


Nova Scotia, 2008


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2007
University of Ottawa, B.Sc. (honours), 2004


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, board of governors, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2018 - present
  • Co-chair, Stewart McKelvey students committee, 2018 - present
  • Council member, Advertising Standards Canada, 2018 - present
  • Member, student recruitment committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2017 - present
  • Member, diversity & inclusion committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2016 - present
  • Member, board of directors, Black Business Initiative, 2014 - present





  • Co-presenter, “Personal Property Security Act – Fundamentals” Stewart McKelvey Moncton, June 2010
  • Co-presenter, “Get Ready for Anti-Spam” Stewart McKelvey Halifax, February 2014
  • Co-presenter, "Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Perfect Compliance Program" The Canadian Institute 24th Advertising & Marketing Law Conference, January 2018

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

P 902.444.1714
F 902.420.1417

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