About Peter

With over 25 years of experience, Peter is a highly accomplished and capable senior member of the Family Law Team. He works diligently with collaborative family law and is trained and skilled in resolving matters amicably out of the courtroom through alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Throughout his legal career, Peter has observed how the emotional toil of divorce or other family law matters can fatigue and depress even the strongest of individuals. He understands the physical and psychological effect a family law matter can have on an individual, particularly the stress that presents itself when taking your case to court.

Provided with the proper tools and practical guidance, Peter has found that most situations are resolvable with a fair outcome for both parties. He encourages his clients to take a step back and look at the big picture when deciding how to approach their situation.

With his experience and thorough knowledge of Family Law, Peter keeps an objective focus on the important issues to try and get the client the resolution they were looking for.

Peter's Background


  • 1992: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1988: Bachelor of Arts, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1986: Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • 2001 - Present: Partner, BOYNECLAKRE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1996 - 2001: Associate, Newton and Associates, Barristers and Solicitors, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1993 - 1996: Associate, MacIntyre Newton, Barristers and Solicitors, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1993 - Associate, MacIntyre MacKinnon, Barristers and Solicitors, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1992 - 1993: Articling Student, MacIntyre MacKinnon, Barristers and Solicitors, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Professional Memberships

  • Member - The Nova Scotia Supreme Court Liaison Committee (Family) (2015 - present)
  • Member - Family Mediation Canada
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Public Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia
  • Member - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member - Collaborative Family Law Association of Nova Scotia
  • Former Member - ADR Atlantic
  • Former Member - BOYNECLARKE LLP Articling Committee

Community Activities

  • Former Executive Committee Member and Director - Basketball Nova Scotia
  • Former Chair - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
  • Former Director - East Side Wolves Basketball Association
  • Former Member - Halifax and Dartmouth Minor Basketball Associations (1988 - 2013)
  • Former Member - Dartmouth Lakes Advisory Board (2010 - 2012)
  • Former Mini Coordinator and Coach - Dartmouth United Soccer (2000 - 2001)
  • Former Member - Dartmouth Literacy Network Advisory Board (1995 - 2001)

Awards & Honours

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2018-2023)

Continuing Education

  • November 2014: Interest Based Mediation Training
  • July 2014: National Family Law Conference, Whistler, BC
  • June 2014: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference, Toronto
  • May 2014: Canadian Bar Association “Roadways to Resolution”
  • March 2014: Training, Association of Collaborative Family Law Lawyers, Halifax , Nova Scotia
  • February 2-14: Canadian Bar Association “Family Law, Military Law And Wills”

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