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Our Lawyers in Newfoundland

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Ernest L. Gittens

Senior Partner

Ernest L. Gittens

Ernest received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1981. 

 

In his 39 years of practice, Ernest has gained considerable experience and currently maintains an extensive family law, personal injury, and litigation practice.  


Ernest has appeared before all levels of Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland Labrador as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is a current member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Bar Association, and is a past president of the Atlantic Provinces of Trial Lawyers Association.

Nancy C. McKillop

LAwyer

Nancy C. McKillop

Nancy was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in St. John’s East. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Anthropology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 2000. Nancy has an extensive family law and real estate practice and has appeared at all levels of court in this province, including the Provincial Court, Supreme Court (Family and General Divisions), and the Court of Appeal. She is a current member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.


Nancy is experienced, knowledgeable, and reliable. She is committed to being accessible to her clients. In her 20 years of practice she has developed a reputation for effectively negotiating settlements for her family clients as well as navigating seamless transactions for her real estate clients.


Nancy’s areas of practice include family, real estate, wills and estates, civil litigation and property.


Outside of practice, Nancy has enjoyed volunteering with the Girl Guides of Canada for several years. She has also been a Board Member with the Goulds Historical Society for over twenty years, which focuses on the preservation of St. Matthews Church (the Ruby Church) in the Goulds.

Natasha J. de Beer

LAWYER 

Natasha J. de Beer

Natasha joined Gittens & Associates as an articling student in 2017 and became an Associate with the firm in February 2019. She is also a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.

 

She obtained her LLB degree through the University of South Africa, and commenced her articles at Koep & Partners in Windhoek, Namibia in 2015. During this time, she also received the prestigious Chief Judge Karuaihe Excellence Award as the top student of the bar admission examinations in Namibia. Since her successful admission to the bar, she appeared in civil matters, both in the Magistrates’ Courts and the High Court of Namibia.

 

After relocating to Canada, Natasha attended the University of Alberta to complete the Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway in 2017 and completed the bar exams in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018. She appears before the Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland and Labrador on a regular basis where she represents her clients professionally.

 

Her experience covers a wide range of legal areas, including, but not limited to, corporate and commercial law, shareholders’ disputes, employment law, lease disputes, construction law, professional negligence, defamation, immigration, family law, as well as wills and estates. She understands the needs of her clients, both locally and internationally, and provides her clients with sound advice and sensible solutions.

 

She enjoys hiking, reading, swimming and snowshoeing. She is also fully conversant in English and Afrikaans.

Alexandra Kindervater

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Alexandra Kindervater

Alex is from St. John’s. She received her J.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 2014, and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in February of 2015. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Alex obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree and a Master of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Alex concentrates her practice in the area of family law, where she represents clients in an array of matters, including parenting, child and spousal support, property division, divorce, and marriage contracts. 

 

Alex's goal is to meet the needs of her clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Although Alex has trial experience and will litigate if and when necessary, she encourages clients to resolve their issues through negotiated settlement and mediation. She has appeared before all levels of court in the province, including the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (General and Family Divisions), and the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador. Alex also has experience representing clients in criminal, civil, and wills and estates matters. 

 

Alex is actively involved in the local tennis community and currently sits on the Tennis Newfoundland Board. Alex is also a member of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Panel for Atlantic Canada.

 

Outside the office, Alex loves to cook, travel, and spend time outdoors skiing and playing tennis. 

Navdeep Kaur 

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Navdeep Kaur

Navdeep joined Gittens & Associates as an articling student in June 2018 and became an Associate with the firm in June 2019. She is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.

 

She is an Internationally Trained Lawyer; she obtained her LL.B. degree in India at Panjab University and commenced working as a Legal Associate in India in September 2016. She appeared in both civil and criminal matters before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. During this time, she also worked with the Legal Aid Cell of the Court and volunteered with the Punjab State Commission for Non-Residents of India.

 

After relocating to Canada, Navdeep obtained equivalency through the National Committee on Accreditation and wrote the bar exams in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018. Navdeep has also worked as a Legal and Social Policy Intern with UNICEF, Viet Nam as a part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Young Lawyers International Program. She regularly appears before the Provincial and Supreme Courts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Navdeep’s international experience and attention to detail help her understand diverse client needs and perspectives. She enjoys working on questions of international law, both private and public. 

 

Outside of the office, Navdeep spends time hiking the East Coast Trail, reading or actively planning the next road trip. She is fully conversant in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Robert Escott

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Robert earned his Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick (“UNB”), where he was awarded the Maurice Gautreau Prize for Legal Writing. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in October of 2019 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”). 

 

Robert has a strong background in personal injury and civil litigation, with an emphasis on helping survivors of sexual abuse. Robert now has a varied general practice, including wills & estates, employment, family law, and other areas.

 

Robert considers himself an intrepid traveller, having completed a Russian language program in Pushkin (Russia), a semester of law school in Seoul (South Korea), and a volunteer internship for the Department of Public Prosecutions in Kingston (Jamaica). Robert also taught as a Head Teacher for an English language school in Seoul before entering practice as a lawyer. Through these experiences, Robert has developed valuable skills and perspective, helping him to assist clients from a broad range of backgrounds.

 

Robert understands the indispensability of clear, timely, and cost-effective legal advice. He is committed to advancing his clients’ interests and strives to deliver positive results.

William J. (Bill) English

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Bill has enjoyed a long and varied legal practice, beginning when he first became a lawyer in Newfoundland in 1976, upon admission to the NL Bar. He was appointed as a judge of the Provincial Court of NL in 2000 and remained in that position, primarily in Labrador, until his retirement in 2019.  From 1987 until 1994, he was in active practice in California as an attorney and a member of the California State Bar. In 1995, Bill resumed legal practice in NL until his appointment to the Bench. He was also admitted to the D.C. (District of Columbia) Bar in 1996. In 2020, he was readmitted to the NL Bar.

 

His work has involved numerous branches of the law, including family and criminal law, employment and labour law, commercial law, product liability, and real estate defense. He maintains his memberships in good standing in both California and D.C. Bars on inactive status.

 

Bill has earned a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree from Memorial University of NL, an LL.B. (bachelor of laws degree) from Dalhousie Law School, and in 2013 a Masters of Law degree from York University, through Osgoode Professional Development, in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is available for mediations and arbitrations, both online and in person, as well as for general litigation in a wide spectrum of the law.

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