Council Member nominated by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Tilly Pillay, Q.C. was appointed in March 2017 to represent the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on the Council of the Federation. She is the Executive Director of Legal Services for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, where she also served as Acting Deputy Minister for 16 months in 2015-16.
After completing her undergraduate education at Dalhousie University, Tilly earned two Masters of Arts degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Toronto, then completed her LLB at Dalhousie Law School in 1989. Upon her call to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1990, she worked for five years as a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. In 1995, she joined the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and held varying positions as a solicitor and as a litigator, completing extensive management and leadership training.
Tilly has served as a member of the Council of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS), and was President for the 2014-15 term. During her time on the Society’s Executive Committee, she led the Society’s transforming legal regulation initiative as Chair of the Entity Regulation and then the Legal Services Regulation Steering Committee.
Her community work has included serving on boards for Bryony House, a transition house shelter, and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, as well as the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (now known as the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia). With her ESL training certificate, she has also volunteered as an English language teacher with Saint Mary’s University to assist international students. She has authored numerous papers for presentation at CLE conferences and published a Handbook for Lawyers relating to the Nova Scotia Maintenance Enforcement Program.
Tilly Pillay, Q.C.
Executive Director of Legal Services
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J9
Tel: 902 424 7567