About Shirley

Shirley is an estates and trusts lawyer based in our Halifax office. Collaborating closely with her colleagues in McInnes Cooper’s Tax and Private Client groups, she specializes in providing guidance on cross-border trusts, tax, estate planning and administration. Her practice spans a wide range, encompassing simple domestic wills to complex international structures.

Prior to joining our firm, Shirley gained valuable experience working with esteemed law firms and corporations in China, including Zhong Lun Law Firm, Hilton Worldwide, and Ping’an Trust. Her professional journey involved advising clients on a range of matters related to commercial real estate development and operation, private equity, and trust fund investment.

Notably, Shirley has contributed pro-bono legal support to the United Nations World Food Programme, facilitating partnerships with major poverty alleviation foundations in mainland China.

Shirley’s global perspective and rich experiences empower her to deliver practical and actionable advice that aligns with the dynamic needs of her clients.

Beyond her professional achievements, Shirley finds joy in exploring diverse interests. She enjoys reading, travelling, skiing and has a deep appreciation for classical music, with a particular fondness for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35.







  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


    • International Trained Lawyer Program, University of British Columbia (2022)
    • LL.M. (International Commercial Law), University of Leicester, UK (2010)
    • LL.B., Zhong Nan University of Economics and Law, China (2004)

    Bar Admissions

    • China (2008)
    • Nova Scotia (2024)


    • English
    • Mandarin