Richard Hirsch


Innovative and practical solutions.

Today’s business world operates at the speed of light and clients often need time-sensitive advice on short notice. Richard provides tactical counsel on issues relating to corporate transactions, information technology and intellectual property so they can make decisions—now.

Representative matters

Richard’s clients come to him looking for assistance with transactions, negotiations, intellectual property and information technology matters. Working with small and large corporate and institutional clients, some of the ways Richard has helped his clients with these issues are by:
  • 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.
  • Acting as national intellectual property (IP) counsel for a national grocer and a seafood company.
  • Acting as national information technology (IT) counsel for a national grocer, often with extremely high-value, complex and time-sensitive matters.
  • Acting for a multinational corporation in the incorporation of and various transactions of its many Nova Scotia subsidiaries.
  • Acting for an offshore oil and gas provider in its acquisition of another company.

Areas of practice

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Technology and Intellectual
  • Property
  • Financial Services
  • Privacy
  • Government Regulations
  • Project Finance
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Pensions & Employee Benefits


Nova Scotia, 1986


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1985
Williams College, B.A., 1982


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, board of directors Habitat Nova Scotia




BV Distinguished®

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  • Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2012-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2012-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Information Technology Law, 2009-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law, 2009-2019

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

P 902.420.3348
F 902.496.6172

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