Regional Law Firm Rankings

Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

A time of transition - Part 2

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A time of transition - Part 2This article is a continuation of 'A Time of Transition' from the March issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Click here to read Part 1.
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

A time of transition - Part 1

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A time of transition - Part 1Significant changes have hit the legal economy in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and out-of-province interest is not abating.
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

Laser focus

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Laser focus“What we’re seeing, in Quebec anyway, is an overall increase in the volume of legal work that needs to be done. I think the issue is how much is being done in-house and how much is being done outside,” says Don McCarty, the managing partner of Lavery de Billy LLP, the top vote-getter in this year’s Canadian Lawyer top Quebec regional law firms survey. “When work is referred to private practice, it is often work that’s complicated, more specialized, or more bet-the-bank. Law firms are being used for more complex issues, more complex transactions, and more complex litigation.”
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

Efficiency, Flexibility, and Focus

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Efficiency, Flexibility, and FocusDespite muted activity in pockets of the legal market and the Canadian economy facing tough headwinds, Ontario’s top regional law firms say they’ve had a solid couple of years thanks to emerging opportunities and their unrelenting focus on efficiency.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Stronger than ever

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Stronger than everCanadian Lawyer returns to our survey of western and northern-based firms to find a region filled with excitement and not afraid to flex its muscles. Merger-mania is over and the regional firms left standing are stronger than ever. “I think there’s been a seismic shift,” says Richard Bereti, managing partner of Harper Grey LLP.
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:01

Distinct advantages

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Distinct advantagesLast year’s ratification of a deal allowing lawyers to practise across common and civil law jurisdictions is seen as a boon for Quebec’s regional law firms. The national mobility agreement, expected to be fully implemented this year, will make it easier for the province’s lawyers to work wherever their clients need to be.
The law firms in Canadian Lawyer’s 2014 Top 10 Quebec regional firms say they already serve clients across the country, but the agreement will undoubtedly help to further smooth the path.
Monday, 07 October 2013 09:01

A surge in the east

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A surge in the eastA surge of infrastructure projects related to energy, mining, and shipbuilding is encouraging a positive outlook by Atlantic Canada’s top 10 law firms, alongside an awareness of provincial deficits and demographic challenges.
Monday, 02 September 2013 09:01

Opportunities and risk

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Opportunities and riskOntario law firms see opportunities and risks in an era of consolidation and slow economic growth. Clients who are released by merged firms due to conflicts, or are unwilling to pay the fees demanded by international behemoths, may well look to smaller firms located in and around Canada’s financial and administrative centres.
Monday, 04 February 2013 08:00

Prairie heat

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Prairie heatCanadian Lawyer returns to the Prairies for our latest regional firm ranking, and it seems we aren’t the only ones eyeing the area. “We’re continuing to see a flood of resumes from younger lawyers who either trained here, or have past history in the province,” says Glen Peters, managing partner of Winnipeg-based Fillmore Riley LLP. “They’re people who are well trained, and have worked in big shops in the east or west, but who have made a decision that they want to return. It’s a unique opportunity for firms here, and we’ve certainly taken advantage of it in the last few years.”
Monday, 01 October 2012 09:01

Embracing regionalism

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In years gone by, some regional law firms were busy preening themselves in the hope of a date with an attractive large national partner. These days in western and northern Canada, they’re single and proud. There’s never been a better time to embrace regionalism, says Field Law managing partner James Casey — in-house counsel are more willing than ever to take a chance on a smaller firm, as long as it can do the job, and cut a deal price-wise. “Regional firms have a lot of momentum in the marketplace right now. They’re being recognized and embraced by clients,” he says.
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