Ian Sutherland


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
- Albert Einstein


Time can be the enemy of business opportunities. That’s why Ian focuses on those aspects of a deal that are important to his client and important from the perspective of managing business and legal risks in order to get the deal done. He protects his clients’ interests without getting in the way of completing the transaction.


Working with clients such as property developers, lenders, governments, landlords, tenants, venture capitalists, business owners and health care institutions, some of the ways Ian has helped his clients achieve their business objectives are by:
  • Acting for landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases.
  • Advising venture capital funds and private investors on structuring and executing investments in private companies.
  • Acting for local property developers and mortgage lenders in the financing and refinancing of both existing commercial and retail properties and new commercial and multi-unit residential developments.
  • Acting for condominium developers in connection with the creation and registration of multi-class condominium projects.
  • Acting for corporations and real estate investment trusts in connection with the acquisition, financing and disposition of commercial (including industrial) properties.

Areas of practice

  • Property and Real Estate Development
  • Corporate/Commercial


Nova Scotia, 2002


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 2001
Mount Allison University, B.A. (first class honours, Economics), 1996


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Associate Practice Manager - Nova Scotia, Business, Stewart McKelvey,
  • Member, Associate Evaluation & Compensation Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2014-2016
  • Chair, board of directors, PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society, 2013-present
  • Board member, PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society, 2010-present
  • Ticket sales manager, Autism Golf Ball Committee, 2010-2012
  • Stewardship Co-chair - Member of Church Council, St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014-2016
  • Committee Co-chair, University of New Brunswick Law Class of 2001 Scholarship
  • Member, Clinical Advisory Team to The Dalhousie Family Medicine Support Program for Primary Care to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, 2009-present (Chair, 2014-2016)
  • Member, Saint Andrew’s United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia


English, French


Property Development (Real Estate; Land Use Planning / Municipal)


  • Best Lawyers: Real Estate Law, 2012-2019


  • Presenter, "Building Blocks: Issues in condominium transactions", Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia branch, Real Property Section, May 2017
  • Co-presenter, "Restrictive Covenants Revisited: Tying Things Up - Getting What Your Client Bargained For", Canadian Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 2015
  • Co-presenter, "A Discussion of Issues that Arise in New Condominium Transactions", Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch, Real Property Section, October 2011
  • Sessional Instructor, Commerce 2603: Legal Aspects of Business, Faculty of Management, School of Business Administration, Dalhousie University, Summer 2009
  • Co-presenter, “Properly Conducting Condominium Transactions to Minimize Risks and Liabilities Unique to Atlantic Canada”, The Canadian Institute Conference: Managing Risks & Exploiting Opportunities in Atlantic Canada Commercial Real Estate, May 2011
  • Presenter, “Role of Title Insurance in Commercial Transactions”, Canadian Bar Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 2007

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

P 902.420.3378
F 902.420.1417

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