About Stephen

Stephen Kingston is a highly-skilled banking and litigation lawyer in our Halifax office with a civil litigation practice that focuses on commercial matters and all aspects of banking litigation.

Stephen provides a wide range of legal services in banking law. He provides client-focused legal advice regarding bankruptcy and insolvency. In his litigation practice, Stephen regularly handles matters involving the enforcement of commercial claims and secured debt, and the defence of professional liability claims. He appears regularly before all levels of court in Nova Scotia.

Stephen is lead of a division within the firm’s Asset Recovery and Insolvency Group which provides litigation support and general legal advice to receivers, trustees, monitors, court-appointed liquidators, administrators and other statutory office holders in connection with numerous insolvencies and regulatory appointments both in Canada and in the Caribbean region. Stephen has assisted individual and institutional clients, debtor and creditor alike, in numerous domestic and international insolvency, litigation and commercial matters.

Stephen is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He frequently speaks on matters of insolvency and banking at professional organizations, including the Insolvency Institute of Canada, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, and the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a past lecturer in civil trial practice at the Schulich School of Law.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Repeatedly Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Banking & Financial Institutions, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring (Insolvency Litigation), Litigation - Directors' & Officers Liability and Litigation - Corporate Commercial (most recently in 2024)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada for his practices in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (since 2010), Banking and Finance Law (since 2012) and Corporate and Commercial Litigation (since 2016)
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2022 Insolvency and Financial Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Halifax


  • LL.M., University of Cambridge (1984)
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (1986)


  • English