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Art Barry, K.C.

Partner and General Counsel (Retired)

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2

Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 1988; Nova Scotia, 1984

Legal Assistant(s): Heidi Butler

For information on Art’s practice, please contact Rebecca Saturley at

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 1983
University of New Brunswick, BA (honours), 1980


Member, Canadian Bar Association
President, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2017 – 2018
General Counsel, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 – present
Litigation practice manager, Halifax, Stewart McKelvey, 2003 – 2008
Chair, National Construction Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 1998 – 1999
Past chair, National Construction Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 1998 – 2000
Vice-chair (1996 – 1997); Secretary/Treasurer (1995 – 1996) National Construction Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, inducted May 2005
Governor, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Appointed June, 2011
Chair, Construction Documents Committee, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2009 – 2018
Member, Legal Update Committee, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2007 – 2014
Secretary, Executive Committee, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, 2014 – 2015
Member, Code of Professional Conduct Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2013 – present


King’s Counsel, 2002
Best Lawyers 2017 Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers: Construction Law, 2006, 2008 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2012 – 2024
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2021, 2023 (Construction)
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, 2014 – 2016  – 2023 (Construction)
Lexpert rating: Construction Law, 2010 – 2023
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Commercial Insurance,  2011 – 2020
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Co-author, Nova Scotia chapter, The Design/Build Process: A Guide to Licensing and Procurement Requirements in the 50 States and Canada, 1997, Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association


Presenter, Risk Management in Procurement: A 2014 Primer, All Ships Rise Conference, Halifax WTCC, 2014

Author and presenter, “Principles of Contract Interpretation”, 2013, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia branch

Presenter, Progressive Homes v. Lombard General Insurance, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Moncton, June 2011

Presenter, “CCDC2 – 2008 Standard Form Stipulated Price Contract”, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: & Understanding the Issues Conference, Halifax, December 2008

Presenter, Joint Defence Agreements, 2008 CBA National Construction Law Section

Presenter, “Construction Contracts”, 2008 Negotiating Major Business Agreements Insight Conference, Halifax, March 2008

Contributor, “Construction Risk in Public-Private Partnerships in Canada”, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Conference, June 2006

Presenter, “Scope Disputes in Design-Build Contracts”, National Construction Law Section CLE Program, Canadian Bar Association, Halifax, May 2004

Presenter, “Commercial Reality and Builders’ Risk Insurance: Judicial Limits on Subrogation”, Lexpert Conference: “Construction Disputes: Who Gets What?”, Halifax, October 2000

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