McInnes Cooper to provide pro-bono legal counsel to immigrants starting a business in Nova Scotia
May 9, 2014
HALIFAX, NS May 9, 2014 – Immigrants starting a business and employing Nova Scotians will have access to pro-bono law services as a result of new partnership between McInnes Cooper and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia.
McInnes Cooper, among the top business law firms in Canada, will provide legal counsel for qualified ISANS clients intending to start a business, including advice on alternate forms of business organization, completion of required documents to establish a business organization, review of commercial leases, advice on labour standards and employment law issues, and tax planning and compliance.
“McInnes Cooper is excited to partner with ISANS to make it easier for immigrants to start a business, employ Nova Scotians and contribute to the economic future of the province,” said Hugh Wright, partner, McInnes Cooper.
ISANS will facilitate the referral of qualified pro bono clients to McInnes Cooper, and provide space for legal counsel and clients to meet. As many as 100 ISANS clients per year may be eligible to participate.
“Immigration is essential to the future of Nova Scotia,” said Gerry Mills, of ISANS. “McInnes Cooper’s legal services and counsel will help immigrants navigate, what is to them, a new legal and business environment, and create opportunities to participate fully in Nova Scotia life.”
McInnes Cooper will also provide ISANS clients with pro-bono legal counsel on other agreed upon areas that arise throughout the course of the collaboration.
About McInnes Cooper
Founded in 1859, McInnes Cooper is among the top business law firms in Canada, with more than 220 lawyers in offices throughout the Atlantic region, serving clients across North America and abroad. The firm is a market leader in energy & natural resources, business law, litigation, employment, tax, real estate and insurance. McInnes Cooper is also a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms. McInnes Cooper’s Pro Bono program is an integral part of its Collective Social Responsibility Initiative, a program focused on giving back to our communities.
About Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia. Working in partnership, ISANS offers services and creates opportunities to help immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life. ISANS is the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada with over 115 staff members from 36 countries. In April 2014, ISANS was ranked as one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada and one of the 25 Best Workplaces for Women in Canada. ISANS offers services in an inclusive manner, respectful of, and sensitive to, diversity, making partnership, professionalism and accountability a priority in every aspect of their work. In 2013, ISANS served 4,188 clients from 125 countries.
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