Tracey was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2000 and began practicing as a sole practitioner in her firm, Tracey Kennedy’s Law Practice, first from her home in French Village and then from Kennedy Professional Centre in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. Jennifer was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001 and came to the Tantallon area to practice with a small firm shortly thereafter.
Both being young lawyers, Jennifer and Tracey became colleagues and then friends. Over time they realized, as they each married and had children, that they had a similar vision about the practice of law. Both believed that the delivery of legal services should be relationship centered; that they wanted to build practices where their clients considered them to be “their lawyer”. They wanted to create a space where clients felt comfortable and cared about. They also realized that legal issues are complex, often requiring that the lawyer handling the file be proficient in several different, and overlapping, areas of law.
Having practiced on her own for 12 years, Tracey knew how difficult it was to offer a high degree of legal service in several areas of law. What the Bay needed was not another sole practitioner, another “jack-of-all-trades”, but a group of lawyers who would concentrate their practices in complimentary areas, and then work as a team for their clients, ensuring the client has excellent representation. This vision is the reason why Tracey and Jennifer merged in 2010 to create Kennedy Schofield Lawyers.