Charles Thompson

Ask Charles Thompson why he enjoys being a lawyer, and he’ll answer, “I look at the job as helping people solve problems. I like doing that and I think I’m reasonably good at it.”

Charles grew up in Bass River, Colchester County. He attended Mount Allison University for his undergraduate degree in commerce and history before going on to Dalhousie University for law school.

“The law offered an academic challenge. It also had the appeal of working with people and solving problems.”

After receiving his law degree, Charles moved to Yellowknife, NWT, where he practiced for 10 years before returning to Nova Scotia.

“It’s a great place to be when you’re young and starting out, but when my wife and I started our family, we felt the pull to be closer to home.”

Upon moving home in 2004, Charles didn’t want to live in the city, but also didn’t want to join a small firm. Burchell MacDougall LLP was the perfect fit.

“It was the right firm, the right place, and the right size.”

Charles practices mainly in the areas of civil litigation and administrative, employment and municipal law.  One of the things he enjoys most is the opportunity to work with his clients long term, build relationships and become a trusted advisor.

“They know they can call me to help them tackle a problem and provide guidance. They also know I’ll work like crazy.”

Charles volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, the St. James Church of Great Village Preservation Society, and serves on committees for the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. He is also a Director of the Liability Insurance Association for the legal profession in Nova Scotia. 

Charles has two daughters, and spends much of his free time chauffeuring them to activities. He also enjoys travelling with his family and reading.

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas


Civil litigation





Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission (2004)

Nunavut Bar Admission (1999)

Northwest Territories Bar Admission (1995)

Dalhousie Law School (LL.B., 1994)

Mount Allison University (B.Comm with Honours, 1990)

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

President and Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Truro and Colchester

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, various committees

Board Member, Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia

Past Deputy Law Clerk, Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories



Civil Litigation

Representing clients in contract disputes, wrongful dismissal suits, negligence actions and property disputes.

Acting for lien claimants, owners, and contractors in construction liens.

Collection of debts through legal action and enforcement of creditors’ remedies.


Representing employees and employers in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, wrongful dismissal claims and human rights complaints.

Advising employers on employment policies and disciplinary issues.


Advising municipalities in all areas of municipal law, including by-law enforcement and drafting, planning and development issues, elections disputes, negotiating and drafting inter-municipal agreements and interpretation and application of the Municipal Government Act.


Providing advice to regulatory and administrative bodies and individuals, including representing clients before administrative tribunals and in court for judicial review proceedings.

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