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Ian Dunbar

Ian Dunbar


Tel: 902.444.8421
Fax: 902.425.6350



Ian is a Partner in our Halifax office. He is a member of our general litigation, construction, and insurance groups and has a particular focus on long-term disability litigation. He has represented insurers on a variety of issues, including casualty, coverage, property, fire loss, commercial liability and disability claims. Ian also has extensive experience litigating commercial and corporate disputes. In addition, he has acted as lead counsel in relation to construction disputes, dispute resolution in the area of technology and intellectual property, and regulatory offences.


Ian has appeared as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. He frequently lectures and writes on issues relating to insurance law and trial advocacy.  He is the past chair of the CBANS Municipal Law Section and a current director of the Parkinson Society Maritime Region. He also lectures on Civil Trial Practice at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.






  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick (2006)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Acadia University (2003)
Legal Alert: The Bell Tolls for NS Cyber-safety Act – NS Supreme Court Decides Act is Unconstitutional in Crouch v. Snell
December 14, 2015

On December 10, 2015 the bell tolled for the Nova Scotia Cyber-safety Act.  Just more than two years after the Act took effect, and alarm bells sounded over its compliance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court decided the Act does violate the Charter’s guaranteed rights to freedom of expression

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Legal Alert: NS Court of Appeal Confirms Dominant Purpose Test for Litigation Privilege – And Highlights the Risk of Multi-tasking Experts in Hatch Ltd. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company
June 29, 2015

On June 24, 2015 the NS Court of Appeal confirmed that the dominant purpose test is still the test to determine whether a litigant is entitled to claim litigation privilege over documents.  In Hatch Ltd. v. Factory Mutual, the Court confirmed a fact-specific analysis is required when applying the test, a task made more difficult

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Legal Alert: Nova Scotia Goes Its Own Way – Future CPP Disability Benefits Deductible Under SEF 44 in Portage Le Prairie Mutual Insurance Company v. Sabean and Hallett
June  8, 2015

On June 4, 2015, the NS Court of Appeal decided the value of future CPP disability benefits is deductible under the SEF 44 family protection endorsement because they fall into the definition of “any policy of insurance providing disability benefits or loss of income benefits”. The decision changes the law in NS, diverging from the

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Legal Update: Like It Or Not – NS Courts Decide On Production of Electronic Information
February  7, 2014

On January 28, 2014 the NS Court of Appeal and Supreme Court each released separate but complementary decisions dealing with the production of “electronic information” – including Facebook content – in a personal injury claim. Together, they offer a helpful framework when seeking production of electronic information:    Electronic Information Production Framework. The Court of

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Legal Update: Recent NS Supreme Court Decision – It’s (Almost) All About The Experts
December 19, 2013

A recent NS Supreme Court ruling on four pre-trial motions in the context of a personal injury claim offers litigants practical guidance on using expert evidence – and the minor cap decision – at trial:   You Can Examine Your Own Expert.  For the first time, the Court confirmed that if opposing counsel asks for

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Nova Scotia (2007)

Cyberbullying Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Nova Scotia Supreme Court
December 11, 2015

HALIFAX, Dec. 11, 2015 – The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has declared the province’s cyberbullying law to be unconstitutional. In a decision released on December 10, 2015, Justice Glen McDougall found that the Cyber-safety Act violates a Charter-guaranteed freedom of expression and “life, liberty and security of the person” rights, in a manner that

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Congratulations to our Six New Partners
December 30, 2014

McInnes Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrienne Mercer, Beth McGrath, Chris Keirstead, Chris King, Ian Dunbar, and James MacDuff as partners.   Based in St. John’s, Beth has a diverse practice ranging from corporate and business law and banking and financial services to energy and natural resources. Adrienne practices in the corporate, tax and energy

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