About Peter

Peter is a commercial real estate lawyer with decades of experience acting for local and international developers, owners, lenders and purchasers. His practice primarily focuses on property acquisitions, dispositions and financing, recreational subdivision and sustainable forestry. Peter has advised on some the largest and most complex commercial real estate transactions in Nova Scotia and beyond.

Peter applies a business approach to his legal thinking. He visualizes the nature of a transaction from the perspective of his clients, as well as from the perspective of those they are dealing with. This helps him to identify and avoid potential issues, particularly in high-risk transactions.

Prior to joining McInnes Cooper, Peter operated as a sole practitioner for over 30 years. His experience includes:

  • Acted for the purchaser of the Mic Mac Mall Limited Partnership as well as the General Partner and attended to all financing requirements.
  • Acted as General Counsel for the developer of the Nova Centre project in downtown Halifax, comprising the Halifax Convention Center and ancillary office and retail buildings.
  • Acted on behalf of a co-ownership group consisting of European investors and a local investor in relation to the acquisition of the Summit Building on Lower Water Street in which each of the co-owners acquired a 50% interest in the real estate. Peter acted on behalf of one of the co-owners in relation to a 50% first mortgage denominated in Japanese YEN.
  • Counsel to lenders in relations to the initial financing and development of Portland Estates Limited near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia during its early development.


  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association


    • LL.B., Dalhousie University (1969)
    • B.A., Mount Allison University (1965)

    Bar Admissions

    • Nova Scotia (1970)


    • English
    • French (Limited Working Proficiency)