Law Office of David Joycey » Bio


During a career that spans the Atlantic, David Joycey, a graduate of Cambridge and London Universities, worked as a teacher in England and Northern Canada, a pastor with the United Church of Canada, and a program manager at New Directions in Winnipeg before graduating with a law degree from the University of Manitoba and being called to the bar in 1994.

During his 29 year legal career, Mr. Joycey practiced for several years as a criminal defence lawyer both in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba before being appointed Supervising Attorney at the Child Protection Law Office of Legal Aid Manitoba.

David Joycey is currently a solo practitioner with a busy practice centered in Winnipeg, and has cultivated and maintains solid collegial relationships with lawyers in varying areas of practice, so no question ever goes unanswered!


  • Pre-University studies at Cliff College in Derbyshire (UK)
  • Bachelor of Divinity (Hons) from University of London (UK)
    • Academic studies in theology, philosophy and psychology
    • Practical experience in pastoral counselling, conflict resolution and public speaking
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University (UK)
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws Degree) from the University of Manitoba
  • Call to the Manitoba Bar in June of 1994


  • West Broadway Youth Outreach
  • A Women’s Place
  • E-Quality Communication Centre
  • Legal Aid Lawyers Association
  • Animal Care Appeal Board
  • Dressage Winnipeg

Employment History


Upon graduation from Cambridge University:

  • Head of Religious Studies in a 2,000-student inner-city high school in Wembley, UK
  • Teacher in 2 room schoolhouse in Northern Ontario teaching all subjects grades 5-8

United Church of Canada

  • Several years as pastor in rural churches with particular interest in youth work.

Social Services

  • New Directions for Children Youth and Families (Formerly the Children’s Home of Winnipeg)
  • Several years as program manager of the first transition to independent living program for youths exiting the child welfare system in Manitoba
  • Co-founder of the first proctor program in child welfare in the province


After graduating in Law from the University of Manitoba and being called to the bar in 1994:

  • Criminal defence lawyer in Winnipeg and Armaranth
  • Partner at Joycey. Van Dongen
  • Supervising Attorney at the Legal Aid Office of Legal Aid Manitoba
  • Supervising attorney at the legal aid child protection law office
  • Representing children in custody/access matters
  • Blue Cross Employee Assistance
    • Divorce/separation
    • Mediation in workplace disputes
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