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Wylie Spicer

Counsel at McInnes Cooper


As former Managing Partner of McInnes Cooper, and with 40 years of industry experience, Wylie brings a strong presence to our firm. Wylie’s practice focuses on maritime law, as well as offshore and seabed mining. Highlighted through an extensive list of worldwide publications, Wylie exhibits a great breadth of knowledge – earning his title as a respected leader within his field. Throughout his career Wylie has handled complex litigation matters in Courts throughout Canada from the trial level to the Supreme Court of Canada.

A past President of the Canadian Bar Association for Nova Scotia, Wylie is admitted to the Bar of three Canadian Provinces: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Alberta. Wylie has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (“AV”) and is repeatedly named in various publications as a Leading Practitioner in Maritime Law in Canada and alternative dispute resolution, including Best Lawyers 2010 Halifax Best Maritime Lawyer of the Year. He was awarded the Queens Counsel designation in 1995.

Wylie is an executive of the CBA National Maritime Law section, a member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, the International Bar Association and a member of the International Association of Petroleum Negotiators. Through a sharing of knowledge, Wylie engaged students at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, where he previously taught part-time in the area of maritime law. Wylie currently acts as a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary on the topic of Law of the Sea.