There’s a New Law Firm in Town:
Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP, Wickwire Holm and Burchells LLP Combine Forces
Halifax, November 23, 2022 — The new firm, Burchell Wickwire Bryson LLP, will be greater than the sum of its
On January 1, 2023, Burchells LLP, Wickwire Holm, and Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP will join practices, combining
not only the defining elements of three of Halifax’s most established firms, but also the talents and skills of over 40
lawyers and 40 staff.
“We are delighted to share this news,” says Jason Cooke, co-managing partner of Burchells LLP and chair of the
Burchell Wickwire Bryson LLP merger committee. “As a group we saw this as a great opportunity and took it. Going
forward we can continue providing top tier legal services, but now with more depth of experience and bench
strength than ever before.”
Burchells LLP traces its roots to the firm’s founding in 1912; just six years later, founding partner C. J. Burchell
would find himself acting as counsel to the inquiry investigating the Halifax Explosion. In the 110 years since
inception, Burchells LLP has established itself as one of the Atlantic region’s most trusted full-service law
firms. Among other areas, Burchells LLP was the first Atlantic law firm to focus on Aboriginal law, becoming the
region’s top firm in the field.
Similarly, Wickwire Holm has been providing legal services to a wide variety of clients in a diverse array of sectors
for more than 150 years. The firm has set itself apart by its entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, elevating
the lawyer-client relationship beyond legal counsel, to trusted strategic advisor. A highly-regarded and busy labour
law group complements Wickwire Holm’s thriving commercial and litigation practices.
Since 1864, the lawyers of Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP and its predecessors have offered a solid and diverse
framework of legal representation in a wide variety of disciplines. Relationships underpin the Blois, Nickerson &
Bryson approach, taking the form of teamwork in the office and collaboration with clients.
BWB brings together extraordinary firms with complementary practice strengths, goals, approaches and
priorities. With a combined complement placing it among Nova Scotia’s largest full-service law firms, BWB will
continue to make its clients – people and businesses with legal issues of all shapes and sizes – a top priority. The
new firm will continue to deliver effective, collaborative, stalwart and ethical counsel.
“This is very exciting for all of us,” says Cooke. “Our three firms have similar cultures and approaches to practice,
making this a great fit. Combining forces will give each lawyer the benefit of the varied experiences and
backgrounds of our new colleagues. This new depth will pay dividends to each one of the clients we serve. We
can’t wait to get started.”
Burchell Wickwire Bryson LLP’s offices will be at 1801 Hollis Street in downtown Halifax, with the main reception
on the 18th floor.
For more information contact:
Jason Cooke, co-managing partner of Burchells LLP and chair of the BWB LLP merger committee