Neil Jacobs, QC

Managing Partner, St. John's

“I like to think of myself as a fierce competitor who plays within the rules, and as someone who is a pleasure to play with and against.”

Perseverance and practical solutions.

With years of valuable experience under his belt, Neil is able to deliver his clients’ desired results in a quick and cost-effective manner. In negotiating deals, he makes it a priority to keep his clients informed and the matter on track – and to apply the tenacity required to close the transaction.  

Representative matters

Neil works with clients on a broad range of issues, including purchasing and developing property, secured financing, business acquisition and divestiture, resolving business disputes, drafting contracts and transaction documents, and providing advice on all types of bankruptcy matters. His clients include:
  • Legal counsel to the auditor general, Humber Valley Paving Inquiry
  • Legal counsel to the attorney general, Humber Valley Resort Bankruptcy
  • Banks and lenders
  • Owners of large, medium and small businesses
  • Other law firms
  • Trustees in bankruptcy from major and mid-sized accounting firms
  • Heavy equipment manufacturers

Areas of practice

  • Financial Services
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Project Finance
  • Property Leasing
  • Aviation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Owner – Managed Business


Newfoundland and Labrador, 1986
British Columbia, 1985


Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1984
Acadia University, B.A. (honours), 1981




  • Co-chair, Canadian Bar Association National Insolvency Law Conference: Insolvency Law on the Edge, 2017
  • Regional managing partner, Newfoundland & Labrador, Stewart McKelvey, 2015 - present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, 1986 - present
  • Chair, Anglican Charitable Foundation for Children, 2000 - 2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Agnes Pratt Home, 2002 - present
  • Chair, The Agnes Pratt Home, 2012 - 2015
  • Past instructor, Business Law Section of the Bar Admission Course (10 years)
  • Past member, Committee responsible for introduction of Personal Property Security Act, 1999
  • Past chair, Canadian Bar Association's Business Law Section, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch




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


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  • Best Lawyers 2019 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2017 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2012-2019

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

P 709.570.8888
F 709.722.4565
C 709.690.5999

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