Harold Smith, QC


“I’ve been described as refreshingly direct. My goal is to tell it like it is so the client can make an informed decision and not be left with more questions without answers.”

Preventative advice.

Harold’s focus is on representing employers by learning the structure and philosophy of their business. He applies this knowledge, tempered by 30 years of experience, when providing advice both in response to daily situations  and on strategic approaches for the future.

Representative matters

Harold works with employers on all matters that arise in the workplace including human rights, employment law, administration and negotiation of collective agreements, arbitrations and adjudications in federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions. As well as an extensive practice in labour and employment matters with municipal governments and their agencies, Harold’s clients span a variety of industries, including:
  • mining
  • fishing
  • retail (union and non-union)
  • offshore oil production
  • oil exploration and support services
  • pulp and paper
  • sawmilling
  • commercial industrial sector of the construction industry
  • manufacturing
  • crown corporations

Areas of practice:

  • (Management Side):Labour and Employment
  • Human Rights (Employment Matters)
  • Labour Relations
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Employment Law


Newfoundland and Labrador, 1978


Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1977
Dalhousie University, B.A., 1974




  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Labour & Employment practice group lead (Newfoundland & Labrador), Stewart McKelvey, 2011
  • Co-chair, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Stewart McKelvey
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past president and chairman, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council




Employment Law
Labour Relations


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  • Legal Media Group, Expert Guides, World's Finest Labour & Employment lawyers, 2014
  • Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, 2014-2016 (Management L&E)
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Labour and Employment, 2008-2011
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law), 2012
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Commercial Litigation, Labour and Employment Law), 2013
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Labour and Employment), 2015 & 2017-2018
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Competition, General Commercial, Labour and Employment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury), 2016


  • Author, Ten tips to having an attendance management plan that works, Atlantic Employers' Counsel, Summer 2015 (republished in Canadian Corporate Counsel, Volume 24, Number 7, July/August 2015)
  • Author, “Walking the Centre Line: Balancing an Employee’s Right to Privacy in Drug and Alcohol Policies in the Atlantic Offshore Oil Industry”, Dalhousie Law Journal, Fall 2003, 26 Dalhousie LJ 591


  • Speaker, Canadian Energy Law Foundation (East Coast), September 2003
  • Speaker, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council on topics including:
    • Managing the Incompetent Employee
    • Employee Surveillance: Combating Sick Leave Abuse
    • Lessons Learned: City of Mount Pearl v. Vey
    • Effective Attendance Management
    • The Doctor (ed.) Notes: What Information are you Entitled
  • Presenter, “Jurisdiction of Arbitrators”, Workshop for Labour Management Cooperation Committee Training Course for accreditation of Newfoundland arbitrators, and, for the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council Arbitration Training Courses
  • Presenter, “The Inevitability of Unions – A Different Perspective”, various labour seminars and internal client workshops
  • Presenter and trainer, basic Labour Relations Law and collective agreement administration, Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization
  • Presenter, Canadian Association Of Management Employees (NL Branch) and Canadian Public Works Association (NL Branch) Occupational Health and Safety Post Bill C-45 and manager Due Diligence
  • Presenter, “Interest Arbitration: The Good, The Bad and The Mine Field”, City Council, City Of Corner Brook

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

P 709.570.8895
F 709.722.4565
C 709.685.2308

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