Rebecca Saturley

Managing Partner, Halifax

“Good enough never is.”

Simplifying the complex.

It is getting more and more complex to run a business these days. Rebecca’s clients are finding government regulators – such as occupational health and safety, human rights and employment standards – continue to make day-to-day operations increasingly challenging. Through understanding the legal issues and the business of her clients, Rebecca is able to develop strategies and solutions that solve the problems they face.

Representative matters

Rebecca’s diverse client base includes large national companies, owner managed businesses and non-profits. Some of the ways she has helped her clients:

  • Acted for departing employee in an interim and interlocutory injunction application. The Court ultimately concluded that the plaintiff had not established a strong prima facie case that the restrictive covenants were reasonable (2012 NSSC 234 (CanLII)).
  • Acted for employer who hired several departing employees from a competitor.  We addressed all aspects of the restrictive covenants, including a threatened injunction application.
  • Frequently reviews restrictive covenants, both for departing employees, current employers and prospective employers to consider enforceability of applicable contractual obligations.
  • Negotiation and drafting of executive employment agreements containing restrictive covenants.
  • Preparation of materials for successful ex parte emergency injunction application relating to letters of credit.
  • Successfully represented employer in summary judgment application relating to a wrongful dismissal claim (2012 NSSC 96 (CanLII)).
  • Successfully represented employer in summary judgment application and appeal involving breach of a settlement agreement (2011 NSCA 20 (CanLII)).
  • Successfully represented administrative tribunal in summary judgment application relating to claims of abuse of process and malicious prosecution (2009 NSCA 122 (CanLII)).
  • Successfully represented employer in obtaining injunction application (upheld on appeal) to prevent union from placing restrictions on its members relating to the performance of certain work (2002 NSCA 56 (CanLII)).
  • Preparation and advice relating to injunction applications.

Areas of practice

  • Labour and Employment
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Employment Law
  • Labour Relations


Ontario, 2000
Nova Scotia, 1997


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Law Society of Ontario


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1996
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.A., 1992


  • Regional Managing Partner, Stewart McKelvey, Nova Scotia, October 2015 to present
  • Associate practice manager, Stewart McKelvey, Halifax, February 2013 to October 2015
  • Member and former chair, board of Feed Nova Scotia
  • Member, board of governors, and chair, Facilities Committee, Sacred Heart School of Halifax
  • Member, Arbitration Advisory Committee, appointed November 24, 2012
  • Sessional lecturer, Dalhousie University, Continuing Technical Education
  • Volunteer, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Skills Course
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of University Solicitors
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
  • Member, CACE Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Member, CACE Human Rights Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS)




Employment Law
Occupational Health and Safety


  • Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law, 2013-2019


  • Ask an Expert Column – "Working alone after hours safely", Canadian Safety Reporter, December 2012
  • Ask an Expert Column – “We are concerned that one of our employees, a forklift driver, has been intoxicated on the job. What are our legal options and obligations?”, Canadian Safety Reporter, June 3, 2011
  • Feature Article with Brian Johnston, “The Scope of Canada’s Attendance Problem: Legal Challenges and Solutions”, 2010/2011 Lexpert CCCA/ACCJE Corporate Counsel Directory and Yearbook, 9th Edition


  • Panel moderator, "Plenary #2: Say what you want to say", CBA Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Conference, Ottawa, November 27, 2015
  • Panelist, "Blurred Boundaries: Where do management rights end and privacy rights begin?" Lancaster House Human Rights and Labour Law conference, Halifax, May 14, 2015
  • Panelist, "Sick Leave and Surveillance: Proving entitlement, preventing abuse, protecting privacy", Lancaster House Audio Conference, November 28, 2012
  • Panelist, Human Rights Cross Canada Check-up (Atlantic), 9th Annual CACE Conference, OHS Meeting, St. John's, NL, September 20, 2012
  • Presenter, "Dealing with Social Media Issues: A Day in the Life of Stews News", Stewart McKelvey In-House Counsel Professional Development Day, September 14, 2012
  • Presenter, "Mental Health in the Workplace", Insight Disability Claims in the Workplace, Halifax, May 1, 2012
  • Presenter, “Zero Tolerance Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs): Lessons from Nova Scotia”, Insight Information Shaping Health & Safety Policy for the Future – Bill 160 Conference, October 20, 2011
  • Presenter, “The ABC’s of Hiring and Terminations”, Canadian Bar Association Canadian Corporate Counsel Section Meeting, October 13, 2011
  • Presenter, “Respectful Workplaces”, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council: Creating a Respectful Workplace Workshop, April 14, 2011

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

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