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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,” he explains, “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,” he says, “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 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,” he laughs.

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

Practice Areas
  • Civil litigation
  • Estates and trusts
  • Employment
  • Municipal

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
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Deputy Law Clerk, Legislative Assembly of the
    Northwest Territories
  • Past Chair, Legal Ethics and Practice Committee of Law Society of Northwest Territories
  • Past Board Member, Arctic Public Legal Education Society

Civil Litigation

  • Representing clients in contract disputes, wrongful dismissal suits, negligence actions
  • Acting for lien claimants, owners, and contractors in construction liens
  • Collection of debts through legal action and enforcement of creditors’ remedies

Estates and Trusts

  • Providing advice and preparing wills and powers of attorney
  • Probating wills and advising executors and administrators in the administration of estates


  • Representing employees and employers in the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts
  • Representing employees and employers in negotiation and litigation of wrongful dismissal claims


  • Advising municipalities in all areas of municipal law