Written By: donalee Moulton
Lawyers who have not visited St. John’s, NL, in some time will find the view from historic Signal Hill reassuringly familiar. The multi-coloured houses, reminiscent of the painted ladies in San Francisco but distinctively East Coast, continue to dot the landscape. The salt tang from the harbour still lingers in the air, and the pubs that line Duckworth Street, as always, invite you in with infectious laughter.
But visitors to St. John’s will discover something disconcertingly different: prosperity. Arguably once the poorest province in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has discovered uptapped wealth in oil fields. St. John’s is home to much of the new-found affluence, and legal practices in the city are thriving — and shifting focus — as a result.