An experienced team
Frank Metcalf, Q.C.
Frank Metcalf, Q.C. is a senior member of the Nova Scotia Bar having practised law in Halifax for over 40 years mainly in the areas of maritime law, insurance, financing and corporate law. His client base is P&I and Hull & Machinery Underwriters and businesses involved in the marine and fishing industries.
For 5 years he managed an offshore supply ship company that provided support services to Mobil, PetroCanada, and Shell Oil amongst others in the East Coast offshore. Frank is a long-standing member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Eastern Admiralty Law Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. Frank served as Honorary Consul for Finland from 1992 to 2016 and is a past Chairman of The Association of Average Adjusters of Canada.
In 2002 and 2003 he served on a four-member panel appointed by the federal Minister of Transport to review the Canada Marine Act. Frank is named in the maritime law section of the publication "The Best Lawyers in Canada" (2009) as well as Who's Who Legal, Canada.
Eric Machum has practiced law since 2005. Prior to joining Metcalf & Company he practised with Clyde & Co. in Venezuela. His practice is directed to marine, transportation, insurance and corporate-commercial law. Eric regularly advises ship owners, freight forwarders, marine service providers, exporters and their insurers on technical, regulatory and commercial/contractual matters including charter and sales documents. He holds a Master’s degree (LLM) in Marine Law and Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Dalhousie University Law School.
Eric has supplemented his legal experience by serving with Atlantic Towing Limited as a cadet on its coastal and harbour tugs in Canada and working as a certified scuba diving instructor. He also teaches part-time at the Dalhousie University Marine Affairs Program and has given intensive training courses on maritime law in Latin America.
While at Dalhousie University Law School Eric was recognised with the CCH Canadian Limited award for highest mark in Legal Research and Writing. Since then he has authored several articles on maritime law matters and continues to be published on a regular basis.
Eric is a director of the Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA), the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Mission to Seafarers Halifax. He is chair of the General Average Committee of the CMLA and Vice-Chair of the Eastern Admiralty Law Association. Eric is named in the maritime law section of Who's Who Legal, Canada. As of December 2016 Eric was appointed Honorary Consul for Finland.
Eric is fluent in English, Spanish and German.
Kyle Ereaux’s practice focuses on marine, aviation, insurance, employment, privacy and commercial matters. He has been a member of Metcalf & Company since 2013 and served as Senior Legal & Legislative Advisor to the Northwest Territories’ Department of Infrastructure in 2018-2019. In that role, Kyle was a member of Transport Canada’s Navigation Protection Act Working Group and the NWT Aboriginal Consultation Working Group. Kyle holds degrees in Political Science from Dalhousie University and law (J.D.) from the Schulich School of Law (Nova Scotia). In addition to his law practice, Kyle teaches Law and Policy at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies and is Chair of the Canadian Maritime Law Association’s Maritime Labour and Immigration Committee.
Prior to joining Metcalf & Company, Kyle was actively involved with the Dalhousie University Marine Law Department where he co-edited the 2nd edition of Canadian Maritime Law, the leading text on maritime law in Canada. Kyle also worked in the marine industry as a deliverer of ships and holds his Marine Emergency Duties A1 and A2 tickets. He has lived, worked and studied worldwide in regions such as Australia, China, Indonesia, the Gulf States and West Africa.
Kyle is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and the Law Society of the NWT. He also maintains a leading maritime law blog (www.canadianmaritimelaw.com)
Seamus Ryder assists clients in the marine, transportation, and related industries with all aspects of maritime, corporate, commercial, administrative and environmental matters. He holds a Bachelor of Management (B. Mgmt.) degree from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Bond University (Australia), a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway (Norway) and a diploma in ocean law and policy from the Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy (Greece).
Prior to joining Metcalf & Company, Seamus interned with the Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Later he was Research Fellow at the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Law of the Sea in Tromsø, Norway, responsible for teaching and research on various topics related to maritime law, international law of the sea, and fisheries law. Seamus continues to teach law and policy at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) where he is a lecturer in the Masters of Resource & Environmental Management (MREM) program.
In addition to his legal practice, Seamus is also an experienced yachtsman and sailing professional. He has sailed, coached, and managed sailing programs throughout Canada, the Caribbean, and beyond.
Seamus is a member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA), the Law Society of Ontario, and the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society. He is licensed to practice law in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. Seamus offers legal services in English and French.
Sandra Attersley, Marine Consultant
Sandra Attersley is a distinguished maritime lawyer and also holds a Canadian 2nd Class Engineer Motorship Certificate. She graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1981, the Marine Institute in St. John's, NL in 1986 and Dalhousie Law School in 1996 with a Marine Law Certificate.
Sandra's practice focused on marine law, insurance law and corporate/commercial law. Since 2007, Sandra is a part-time lecturer at Dalhousie University in the Marine Affairs Program.
Prior to joining Metcalf & Company she went to sea for 5 years as an engineering officer with the Canadian Coast Guard and was employed in the shipbuilding industry as a design technologist for 4 years primarily on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Program (CPFP) and the Tribal Class Refit Update and Modernization Program (TRUMP) both in Ottawa and Saint John, NB.
Since 2007, Sandra has been teaching part-time at Dalhousie University in the Marine Affairs Program. Sandra is a member of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering, Eastern Admiralty Law Association and the Canadian Maritime Law Association, and is a member of the board of directors of the Mission to Seafarers Halifax.
J. Laurie Brean, Q.C.
Laurie Brean, Q.C., is counsel to the firm. He was Senior Legal Counsel to CN Marine and its successor company, Marine Atlantic Inc., and latterly Acting President and Executive Vice-President of that company. He has a wealth of experience with respect to ferry services, P&I work, and complex shipping litigation. He is a former Chairman and Director of the Steamship Mutual P&I Club.