Kathryn Leger|May 16, 2011
One of the most unpleasant bits British lawyer Mark Stephens has had to deal with in his high-profile representation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a telephone call from his young daughter, who was too frightened to leave her bedroom because of an unknown man parked outside of and watching their home.
Spies, unlikely to be British or American or Russian, also camped out in an apartment near that of his assistant to record goings-on, says Stephens, who spoke about one of the world’s most closely watched legal cases in a session called the “WikiLeaks Case: What You’re Not Reading in the Paper” at the annual meeting of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, the global alliance of independent full-services law firms, in Montreal on Friday.
There were also issues at his firm, Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, a Meritas member, concerning the collection of fees to pay the cost of defending Assange from extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in connection with the alleged rape of two women under the county’s strict sexual consent laws.
Robic LLP is expanding beyond Montreal with its second office in Quebec City.
The intellectual property firm of 19 partners and 45 professionals announced the move this morning. While it’s been based in Montreal since 1892, the firm said the growth in clients in the provincial capital led it to seek a presence there. “Over time, many clients from the Quebec region have expressed their desire to obtain high-level intellectual property services closer to home,” the firm said. “With the opening of our new Quebec City office, we can now be closer to our clients and therefore more responsive to their needs.”
François Painchaud, a partner and member of Robic’s management committee, noted the growing business opportunities in Quebec City for intellectual property work. “We are confident that our increased presence in Quebec City will be appreciated by both our new clients as well as the clients we currently serve in the region. The greater Quebec City area, including Chaudière-Appalaches, is ripe with businesses and institutions that value and promote innovation. That is why Robic chose to establish an office in that area.”