Former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Clyde Wells has joined the St. John’s law firm Cox & Palmer, it was announced today.
“We are delighted to welcome Clyde to our firm. As one of Canada’s highly respected legal minds, he is a valuable addition to our office,” said Alexander MacDonald QC, managing partner of Cox & Palmer’s St. John’s office.
“In his new role as counsel, Clyde’s availability and advice will be a tremendous asset, and will further enhance our accomplished team, practice, and client service.”
A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Wells built his own legal practice before becoming leader of the province’s Liberal Party and serving as the fifth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1989-1996.
Upon his departure from politics, he joined one of Cox & Palmer’s predecessor firms where he practiced for two and a half years before being appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in the Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the province in 1999, holding the position for 10 years until choosing to step down. Wells remained as a supernumerary justice of the appellate court until his full retirement from the bench in November 2012.
“This is a very natural fit for me,” said Wells. “Cox & Palmer is a top tier firm with a reputation for providing outstanding legal service. Rejoining the firm I was earlier connected with gives me an opportunity to continue my long-term involvement with the legal profession. I am looking forward to that involvement and hope to make a positive advisory contribution in the process.”
Cox & Palmer has practiced in Atlantic Canada’s business community for over a century. They have almost 200 lawyers in offices throughout the region.