About Beth

Beth McGrath is a lawyer in our St. John’s office. She practices in the areas of corporate and business law, energy and natural resources, and corporate finance.

Beth has a diverse client base including private and public companies, oil and gas companies, governmental departments, financial institutions and international lenders, mining and exploration companies, and engineering and construction firms.  She advises on business transactions, including corporate reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, structured asset and share purchases, completion of due diligence, and commercial financings. Beth also provides general advice on corporate procedures and the day to day operations of businesses.  She provides legal advice and services related to securities matters, including public offerings and private placements.  She has extensive experience in drafting contracts, shareholder arrangements, financial security documentation and other commercial agreements.

Beth graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University where she was awarded the Acadia University Medal for highest academic achievement in the faculties of Professional Studies. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University Law School and was awarded the Honourable H.G. Puddester Prize Scholarship for both academic and leadership ability. She earned the Hunt Award for the highest overall marks in the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar admissions course exams and was the co-recipient of the Penney Award for academic performance in family law. Beth has furthered her education at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where she completed the Business Leadership for Women Lawyers program.

Beth served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) in 2014-2015 and has been a member of the national board of directors for the CBA. She previously served as Young Lawyers Section Chair and the Business Law Section Chair. Beth served on the National Executive of the Young Lawyers – Canadian Bar Association (YL-CBA) for five years where she chaired in 2011-2012. She served on the National Board of Directors in 2011-2012. She also participated on a number of CBA committees including Membership and Finance.

Beth is a part-time instructor of business and contract law within the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Beth is also the Vice Chairperson of the St. John’s Port Authority.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Ranked by Chambers Canada 2024 for Corporate/Commercial [Atlantic Canada – Band 2]
  • Repeatedly Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities, Energy (Electricity) Law, Energy (Oil & Gas) Law and Mining Law (most recently in 2024)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada for her practice in Corporate Governance (since 2024), in Corporate Law (since 2021), in Energy Law (since 2023) in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (since 2021). and in Natural Resources Law (since 2023).
  • Selected as a Lexpert®Rising Star (2016)

Appointments & Community Involvement

  • Vice Chairperson on the board of St. John's Port Authority
  • Commissioner to the Legal Aid Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Board of Directors, EnergyNL
  • Board of Directors, Sports NL


  • B.B.A., Acadia University (2002)
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University (2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Newfoundland & Labrador (2006)