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Order of the Ancient Commoner goes to Halifax lawyer

Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 12:43 PM | By Paula Kulig

Kevin Gibson, a partner in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, can add the Order of the Ancient Commoner to his list of achievements.

Gibson recently received the unique honour for his work as secretary of the board of governors at the University of King’s College, his alma mater, from 2006-16, during which time he was also a member of its executive and governance committees and served as chair of the board of appeal and discipline.

The annual award is handed out by the school, which is Canada’s oldest chartered university, to recognize a graduate who has given significant support to the college or to the alumni association “above and beyond his or her position or affiliation."

"The original Ancient Commoner, in the world of King’s lore, was an undergraduate student who, by choice, never graduated, and instead retreated to the cupola overlooking the quad,” according to the university’s website.

"This student grew old and became the venerable guardian of all things King’s (lore, traditions, etc.) and is also highly critical of King’s activities. Since the Ancient Commoner only looks favourably on those he considers to have made a significant contribution without regard for personal gain, the name of the award is apt."

After studying classics at King’s and graduating in 1993, Gibson attained an honours bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1997, followed by his law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., two years later. He was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2001 and in Newfoundland and Labrador last year.

Gibson, whose practice is focused on litigation of construction disputes, including those related to offshore oil and gas installations, joined McInnes Cooper in 2000. He’s a member of the firm’s business dispute resolution group.

In addition to Halifax, the firm has offices throughout Atlantic Canada, including St. John’s, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton.