Douglas B. Shatford, K.C.

Douglas B. Shatford, K.C.

Senior Partner

Phone 902-667-8490 ext. 234
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Crystal Simmonds

After graduation from Dalhousie University, Mr. Shatford articled with the firm of MacKeigan Cox Downie and Mitchell (Halifax) in the summer of 1972 and completed his articles in 1974. He was admitted to the bar in December of 1974.

1974-1981 (Staff Lawyer – Nova Scotia Legal Aid)

After admission, Mr. Shatford became a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. In February of 1975, he was located in Amherst as the staff lawyer in the Amherst Legal Aid Office. While there, Mr. Shatford represented clients primarily in criminal and family matters. Because of the proximity of the Amherst office to the penitentiaries in Springhill and Dorchester, he would very often advise Nova Scotia inmates who need legal services and qualified.


In the fall of 1981 he joined as a partner in the firm of Milner Shatford & Creighton with partners David Milner (a retired Judge of the Nova Scotia Family Court) and Brian Creighton. Mr. Shatford’s practice became more of a general practice although primarily involved in litigation including personal injury, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, family and criminal.

In 1993, he was appointed as regional counsel of the Attorney General of Canada (the Federal Department of Justice) for prosecutions in Cumberland County relating to federal statutes including the Controlled Drug Substances Act, Excise Act, Fisheries Act, etc. He continues this now as an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

Mr. Shatford has extensive experience in municipal law as a lawyer for the town of Amherst as well as in health law, having been legal counsel for various hospitals and recently as counsel for the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors.


In May of 2014, Mr. Shatford was appointed as a Small Claims Court adjudicator.

Awards and recognition

  • Awarded the Q.C., Queen’s Counsel designation 1995 under the new merit-based appointment selection process

Professional activities

  •   Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (1974 to date
  • Discipline Committee “B” (1988-1993)
  • Practice Assistance Committee (1988-1992)
  • Ethics Committee (1995-2003)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Chairperson 2006 to 2009)
  • Hearing Committee (Discipline) (2005 to date)
  • Ethics Advisory Comittee (2009 to present)
  • Cumberland County Barristers’ Association
  • President – 1982
  • Library Chair 1976-1988; 2007-2009
  • Canadian Bar Association (1974 to date)
  • Council Member (Nova Scotia Branch) 1996-1998
  • Health Law Section Chair (Nova Scotia) 1996-1998

Community activities

  • Amherst Rotary Club (1978 to date; President 1988-1989 and 2006-2007)
  • Amherst United Way (1979 Chairperson)
  • Cumberland Regional Library Board of Directors (1996-2007)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Health Council (1997-2001)
  • Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Board


  • Bachelor of Commerce, Dalhousie University 1971
  • Bachelor of Laws LLB., Dalhousie University 1974

Bar admissions

  • December 1974


  • Extinguishing Parents Rights (CLE Lectures – Family Law, 1981)
  • Health Records in Civil and Criminal Proceedings (CBA Professional Dev. Halifax, 1988)
  • Consent to Treatment, A Book Review (Nova Scotia Law News 1990; CBR Vo. 70, Sept., 1991)
  • Designated Residence—Social Assistance Act (CBA Professional Development, Halifax, 1995)
  • Lawyers and the Internet (CA Professional Development, Halifax, 1996)
  • HTML—New Language for Word Processing (Society Record, April 1997)
  • Cyber Lawyers—Practicing Law in the Internet Age (CBA Professional Development, Halifax, May 1997)
  • Access to Psychiatric Records (CBA Civil Litigation Conference, November, 1997)

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