Clarence A. Beckett, QC

Legal Assistant: Carla McNutt

Clarence Beckett takes pride in offering over three decades of exceptional legal experience to his clients. He practices in the areas of Civil Litigation and Insurance Law with an emphasis on defence. Clarence has served as Patterson Law's managing partner, Litigation Group Chair, and Insurance Litigation Practice Group Regional Chair. He has made appearances in all Courts in Nova Scotia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, has taught the insurance section of the Bar Admission course and was recently selected to be published in Lexpert, Canada's respected legal directory. Clary has been recognized in Best Lawyers  since 2006, and was honored as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Personal Injury Litigation in 2010, in Insurance Law in 2012, and Legal Malpractice Law in 2013. He has been recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Canada Litigation since 2013.

  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1971
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1971)
  • B.Comm. (Dalhousie University, 1967) 
  • Has been involved in defending professional liability claims and acts for professional associations involved in the defense of such claims
  • Has also served as a Mediator and Arbitrator in personal injury and insurance cases
  • Has appeared in all Courts within the Province of Nova Scotia and the Supreme Court of Canada
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Past-President, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)
  • Has served as a Member and Chairperson of numerous Committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers` Society, including the:
    • Administration of Justice Committee for 6 years and served a term as Chair of that Committee
    • Court Reform Implementation Committee
    • Court Merger Committee responsible for merging Supreme and County Courts in Nova Scotia
    • Unified Family Court Committee
    • Bench/Bar Liaison Committee
    • Rules Committee
    • Case-flow Management Committee
    • Task Force on Civil Litigation
  • Past member, Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA) and past member of the Management Board of the CBIA, serving as Chair of the Product Development Committee and as Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Has served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden of St. John`s Anglican Church and has served on Parish Council as Chair of Property Committee, Finance Committee and Cemetery Committee. 
  • Canadian Bar Association - Litigation Subsection, Nova Scotia Barristers` Society, Bar Admission, Canadian Institute and Lexpert
  • Lectures at insurance seminars for insurance industry on the topics of civil litigation and insurance law
  • Formerly taught the insurance section of the Bar Admission course and has been involved in the preparation of materials for the Bar Admission course on Insurance Law
Qualifications
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1971
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1971)
  • B.Comm. (Dalhousie University, 1967) 

Experience

  • Has been involved in defending professional liability claims and acts for professional associations involved in the defense of such claims
  • Has also served as a Mediator and Arbitrator in personal injury and insurance cases
  • Has appeared in all Courts within the Province of Nova Scotia and the Supreme Court of Canada

Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Past-President, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)
  • Has served as a Member and Chairperson of numerous Committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers` Society, including the:
    • Administration of Justice Committee for 6 years and served a term as Chair of that Committee
    • Court Reform Implementation Committee
    • Court Merger Committee responsible for merging Supreme and County Courts in Nova Scotia
    • Unified Family Court Committee
    • Bench/Bar Liaison Committee
    • Rules Committee
    • Case-flow Management Committee
    • Task Force on Civil Litigation
  • Past member, Board of Directors of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA) and past member of the Management Board of the CBIA, serving as Chair of the Product Development Committee and as Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Has served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden of St. John`s Anglican Church and has served on Parish Council as Chair of Property Committee, Finance Committee and Cemetery Committee. 

Publications & Presentations

  • Canadian Bar Association - Litigation Subsection, Nova Scotia Barristers` Society, Bar Admission, Canadian Institute and Lexpert
  • Lectures at insurance seminars for insurance industry on the topics of civil litigation and insurance law
  • Formerly taught the insurance section of the Bar Admission course and has been involved in the preparation of materials for the Bar Admission course on Insurance Law