Bruce Grant, QC

Partner

“My good corporate clients do not want to go to court. They expect me as a trusted advisor to ensure that this is the last option for them.”

Trusted advisor.

The largest issues Bruce’s clients face are not legal issues, but business issues on which legal issues impinge. Bruce’s role is to understand how the legal options can assist, not detract, from the business options in order to solve issues in a way his clients can appreciate. With a winning combination of independent thought and knowledge of his clients’ individual industries, Bruce is highly regarded in this role.

Representative matters

Bruce works with his clients on a broad range of issues. Recent examples include the sale of a large industrial facility, major commercial arbitration relating to the purchase of a business and the establishment of a Canadian subsidiary for an international construction company. His clients include:
  • Oil refineries
  • Construction companies
  • Mining companies
  • Lenders
  • Small and medium size businesses, of all types

“Bruce led us through the minefield of commercial arbitration against a formidable opponent to resolve a significant business acquisition issue that had been outstanding for more than three years.  His legal advice was impeccable, and his guidance throughout was reassuring.  

Equally important for us was that his communication with us at all times was first class – due to Bruce’s efforts, we always felt completely informed, options during the process were fully laid out and framed for us, and the decisions taken were ultimately owned by us.  

We felt we were managing the process rather than it managing us.  It has been one of my best experiences of how the relationship should work when dealing with a challenging and stressful legal matter.”
– Bruce Keating, President, Steers Group Limited

Areas of practice

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Financial Services
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Construction Law
  • Privacy
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Project Finance
  • Property Leasing
  • Property and Real Estate Development
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Owner – Managed Business

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Newfoundland and Labrador, 1980

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

EDUCATION

Queen’s University, LL.B., 1980
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.A., 1977

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

2005

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Practice Manager, Corporate/Commercial Law, Stewart McKelvey St. John’s, 1998-2008
  • Management Committee, Stewart McKelvey St. John’s, 1999-2007
  • Rector’s Warden, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, St. John’s, 2008-2011
  • Former Chair, National Board of Directors, Scouts Canada
  • Former Director, Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival 2008-2014
  • Board chair, Malthus Canada Limited, 2009-present
  • Director, Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia), 2011-2014
  • Treasurer, Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia), 2014-2016
  • Vice-chair, Atlantic Light Theatre Inc.
  • Former Vice Chair, Newman Sound Men’s Choir, 2013
  • Chair, Newman Sound Men’s Choir, 2013-present
  • Director, Enermech Canada Limited, 2016-present
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2016-present

LANGUAGE(S)

English

LEXPERT RATINGS

Banking (Including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law)
Corporate / Commercial
Mergers and Acquisitions
Property and Real Estate Development

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATINGS

BV Distinguished®

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EXTERNAL RATINGS

  • Best Lawyers 2019 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Construction Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Environmental Law, 2014-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2008-2019

Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower Street
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 6K3

P 709.570.8882
F 709.722.4565

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Ash Douglas

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