66 Wentworth Street, Sydney, NS, B1P 6T4

Murray Hannem

Murray began his professional life in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Lieutenant. He attended Fleet School at CFB Esquimalt as a Maritime Surface Officer and served on Minesweepers and Destroyers. After obtaining a Law Degree, Murray worked as a Legal Advisor to the Judge Advocate General’s Office (JAG), obtaining the rank of Captain. Over the course of his career, Murray has developed a strong property law practice serving both commercial and residential clients all over Cape Breton Island. He is also one of the most seasoned Estate practitioners on the island. A great asset to our team, Murray also mentors other lawyers regarding property issues and Estate Planning. Murray was Director of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and was active in increasing access to justice. He also served as chairman of the Cape Breton and Victoria Counties Residential Tenancies Board where he worked to resolve landlord and tenant disputes.


  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia 1978
  • LL.B. University of New Brunswick
  • B.A. Hon Mount Allison University

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Cape Breton Barristers’ Society
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Past President – Sydney Lions Club
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Delegate to Sydney Presbytery, United Church of Canada

Assistant information


Direct line: 902.270.3649


Contact information

Direct line: 902.563.5904

Email: mhannem@sampsonmcphee.com