Contact Info

(902) 422-4037
(902) 420-9326
Assistant: Courtney Hazel

About Garnet

Garnet is known for an endless supply of energy and optimism, a quick smile and dry sense of humour.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur who retains a passion for helping entrepreneurs by offering advice and helping them to find practical and creative solutions for their business legal needs.  

Garnet’s passion for entrepreneurship drives him to provide a level of service and responsiveness that he believes business owners expect and deserve. Garnet’s legal practice focuses on entrepreneurs and businesses of various sizes and across a broad range of industries.

Drawing on his previous experience in starting up and running his own businesses, Garnet advises businesses and entrepreneurs on various Corporate & Commercial matters, including the set-up and implementation of business structures, share/asset purchase and sale transactions, corporate reorganizations, negotiation and preparation of contracts, shareholder and partnership agreements, offering memoranda (securities regulation), and commercial real estate transactions.

Garnet also has advised clients in setting up business structures involving international components, and complying with Atlantic Canadian securities regulations for private placement offerings involving real estate in the US and Caribbean.

An LRA-certified property lawyer, Garnet represents clients in both Commercial as well as Residential Real Estate purchase and sale transactions.

A member of Burchells’ Aboriginal Law practise group, Garnet assists Aboriginal clients in transactional and business related matters.  In this regard, Garnet’s experience includes assisting private businesses, entrepreneurs and Bands with business structure advice, various types of corporate and commercial transactions, leasing both on and off reserve, commercial property acquisition, Aboriginal taxation matters and corporate and Band governance. 

Garnet also provides legal services to clients in the Banking Industry, including preparation of contracts and related documentation in secured commercial financing transactions, and registration of security.  Garnet is experienced in financial recovery & collections, having represented institutional and private clients in the enforcement, negotiation and recovery of secured and unsecured loans, credit facilities and other debts.  In this respect, Garnet has represented clients in proceedings before the Federal Court of Canada, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, and the Small Claims Court of Nova Scotia.  Garnet’s experience in this area extends to Admiralty & Maritime Law matters, and in particular, Ship Arrest as a means of enforcing rights associated with maritime liens.

Garnet obtained his B.A. from Saint Mary’s University in 1997, a M. Appl. Lin. from the University of Southern Queensland in 2002 and his L.L.B. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2010.  He joined Burchells as an associate in 2016.

Garnet is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association (for which he serves as chair of the Nova Scotia branch’s Securities Section), the Risk Management Association, and the Canadian Maritime Law Association.  In his spare time, Garnet likes to run (regularly participating in running events as a half marathoner), golf, and ski in the winter. He also enjoys website design, blogging (, studying Korean and spending time with his family.

Garnet welcomes you to join, follow & interact with him on Twitter, join him on LinkedIn, and visit /subscribe to his blog, where his goal is to take the legalese out of law in discussing various practical business and entrepreneur law related topics of interest to businesses and business people.