Generations of Nova Scotians built spirited communities that have stood the test of time. Their determination, ingenuity, and enterprise have also endured.
At BOYNECLARKE LLP, we take pride in this legacy and embrace these values.
Since our start in 1972, BOYNECLARKE LLP has grown to become one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms.We are proud of this achievement. But growth for growth’s sake has never been our purpose. It is simply the reward for founding a practice on these sound principles: emphasize client service above all else; attract dynamic and innovative lawyers who are leaders in their community as well as in their chosen areas of practice; and work hard to ensure that clients are fully rewarded for placing their trust in us.
We are committed to fulfilling the service needs of our clients. We have always recognized that there is more to client satisfaction than finding the right answer. An effective working relationship characterized by open and timely communication, meeting clients on their terms, and responding to their concerns- these are essential complements to our legal knowledge.
Building on a Solid Foundation
SERVICE. INNOVATION. KNOWLEDGE. DILIGENCE. VALUE. – We’ve made them the hallmarks of our practice. Ever mindful of these enduring qualities, we look to the future with confidence.
Our Team of Health Law Professionals
Service is our Mainstay.
Our Health Law Team has maintained a philosophy of unwavering commitment to our practice ideals in its provision of legal services. We have represented District Health Authorities, including various regional and community hospitals, healthcare professionals, associations and institutions, long term care facilities, program providers and professional regulatory colleges during our history. We have acted for institutional clients in privileges review and professional discipline matters, public inquiries, inquests and before the Courts. Our Health Law experience includes the provision of advice in relation to homecare services, supportive living, homes for special care, small options – apartment programs, mental health outreach programs as well as numerous charitable foundations in the health care sector.
Our first Health Law clients approached us twenty-nine years ago. We have developed and maintained an understanding that financial, cultural, and professional issues must be aligned with a patient centred approach. To that end, we have solid working knowledge and experience with services such as acute care, addiction prevention and treatment, cancer care, public health, mental health, research, teaching and other important services and programs.
We have provided advice to numerous hospitals, districts and regional authorities with respect to governance, liability issues, and the legal obligations of Boards and of individual Directors pursuant to their enabling legislation and under the common law. We have assisted our clients with media relations and public communications strategies. We recognize the unique legal and practical issues which characterize a publicly funded health care setting.
Knowledge Through Diversity.
Our Health Law Team has a firm grasp of the policy issues that drive the development of legislation. We have worked closely with Government in drafting Statutes, Regulations, Corporate and Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations. Our external relationships with government, universities and other organizations are of great assistance to our clients.
Our experience with contractual issues in Health Law includes the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of agreements particular to this practice area including affiliation agreements, compensation for medical services, various alternative payment mechanisms, return of service agreements, incentive payment agreements, contracts for benefits and products, clinical learner contracts, shared services agreements between various institutions and locum tenens contracts.
Our Health Law clients often need to avail themselves of legal experience in areas other than Health Law. BOYNECLARKE LLP offers a full range of services to our client and a central point of contact through our Health Law Team Leader, who will identify when the knowledge of another practitioner within our full service array is required. This gives our clients the assurance that the lawyers and support team handling their file are the most knowledgeable and appropriate for the particular issue.
Index of Experience
The index which follows, although not exhaustive, represents an attempt to capture the breadth of issues for which our Health Law Team’s advice and representation has been sought:
Access to Records
Administration, Role & Responsibilities
Adult Protection Act
Alternative Funding Plans
Battery and Assault
Cemetery & Funeral Services Act
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Chief Executive Officer, Role & Responsibilities
Clinical Learner Contracts
Computerization of Information Systems
Community Health Boards
Conflict of Interests
Consent to Treatment
Daycare Centres for Hospital
Delegated Medical Acts
District Department Chiefs Responsibilities
Drug Dependency Programs
Duties of Care and Skill
Embalmers & Funeral Directors Act
Employment Law Issues
End of Life Issues
Expertise Continuation for Professionals
Fatality Investigations Act
Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act
Group Homes for the Mentally Disabled
Health Authorities Act
Health Services & Insurance Act
Home Care Services
Homes for Special Care Act
Human Tissue Gift Act
Information Technology Contracts
Interns and Residents
Interpretation of Legislation
Investigation of Complaints
Judgement Errors by Physicians
Licensed Practical Nurses
Locum Tenens Contracts
Long Term Care Facilities
Medical Consent Act
Medical Professional Corporations Act
Medical Services Act
Medical Staff Appointments
Medical Staff Bylaws
Mental Health Issues
Consent to Treatment
Role of Nurses and Nursing
Occupational Health and Safety
Bill of Rights
Delivery of Care
Third Party Access
Third Party Information
Physician Resource Planning
Prosecution under Health Care Legislation
Psychiatric Facilities Review Board Hearings
Public Inquiries Act
Public Service Act
Quality Assurance & Management
Residential Services Regulations
Return of Service Agreements
Right to Die
Rules & Regulations for Medical Staff
Trade Union Act
Treatment of the Mentally Incompetent
Administrative & Regulatory
Vicarious Liability of Hospital
Vital Statistics Act
Lieutenant Governor’s Warrant
Withdrawal of Health Care Services