BOUTIQUE FIRM RANKINGS

  • Jan 21, 2019
    Family dynamics: Top Ten Wills, Trusts and Estates Boutiques

    Family dynamics: Top Ten Wills, Trusts and Estates Boutiques

    Happy families are all alike, but unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way, wrote Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. When negotiating, arranging and implementing wills, trusts and estates, the unique dramas accompanying a family — and the evolving cultural and economic context in which they exist — are growing in intricacy, especially compared to the simple days of primogeniture, where an estate was transferred to the child lucky enough to be born first.

    Margaret O’Sullivan, managing partner of O’Sullivan Estate Lawyers LLP,  says her practice is becoming increasingly complex with the wide variety of families, their different philosophies and where and how they are organized, in 2018.

  • Jan 14, 2019
    Fighting for the tax payer: Top Ten Tax Boutiques

    Fighting for the tax payer: Top Ten Tax Boutiques

    Mark Twain said the only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. Advocating on behalf of the leftovers are the winners of Canadian Lawyer’s top tax law boutiques list, whose lawyers say they are focused on federal fiscal policy changes, at home and in the United States.

    The winning firms span Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Victoria, Montreal and Buffalo, New York.

  • Jan 7, 2019
    Embracing change: Top Ten Insurance Defence Boutiques

    Embracing change: Top Ten Insurance Defence Boutiques

    “It’s kind of an exciting time to be a lawyer in insurance defence,” says William Chalmers, managing partner at Hughes Amys LLP.

    Privacy in the digital realm, regulated by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and how the market and legal sphere adapt to and govern legal marijuana, is going to produce compelling work in the future, he says.

  • Sep 10, 2018
    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Canada’s immigration boutiques have spent the last decade adapting to a toughening of the rules governing business immigration with stiffer penalties but they have benefited from new initiatives meant to make coming to Canada easier and faster. At the same time, anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. is attracting more immigrants to Canada and stimulating business.

    Barbara Jo Caruso was a partner at Gowling WLG for 13 years before leaving to start Corporate Immigration Law Firm, an experience, she says, that provided her a “wonderful foundation.” But the smaller setting allows more agility in addressing client needs.

  • Sep 4, 2018
    Client-centred growth: Top Ten Corporate Boutiques

    Client-centred growth: Top Ten Corporate Boutiques

    As clients focus more on value than prestige, corporate boutiques have grown

    Those leading Canadian Lawyer’s top corporate law boutiques list are veterans from big firms who left to ply their trade under what they say is a more flexible, affordable but capable model. The startup economy is breeding clients who do not want to pay $1,500-an-hour fees but still need legal services to grow.

  • May 22, 2018
    Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    As police methods continue to evolve, so, too, have the top criminal boutiques. Protecting clients from the intrusion of an increasingly technologically equipped state has been a preoccupation of many of the firms in Canadian Lawyer’s top criminal law boutiques.

    But a lack of public investment in other areas such as white collar crime enforcement and legal aid, according to Marie Henein of Henein Hutchison LLP, is a challenge.

  • May 14, 2018
    Advocating with civility: Top 10 Civil Litigation Boutiques

    Advocating with civility: Top 10 Civil Litigation Boutiques

    The top civil litigation boutiques are grappling with complex issues that can wind their way through the courts for many years. They are both using and litigating over new technology and charting courses in new territory with unpredictable terrain.

    The allegedly imminent marijuana legalization will create opportunities for businesses, formerly only enjoyed by the Hells Angels and other extra-legal entrepreneurs. Turning it legitimate will wrap weed production and sale in red tape, opening the door for civil litigators to enter a unique industry.

  • Jan 8, 2018
    The changing workplace: Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques

    The changing workplace: Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques

    Labour & employment boutiques are well positioned to provide value as the law and social norms evolve.

    There are a lot of changes in the labour and employment law market these days — both already happened and on the horizon — but Howard Goldblatt of Goldblatt Partners LLP, which made our new Top 5 Union-side Labour and Employment Boutiques list, says that’s par for the course.

  • Jan 2, 2018
    The need for IP: Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutiques

    The need for IP: Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutiques

    Trademark Act amendments are just one of the many changes driving the need for intellectual property boutiques.

    Since Canadian Lawyer last listed the top intellectual property boutiques, there’s been a lot of change in the area.

  • May 15, 2017
    The chosen alternatives

    The chosen alternatives

    Demand for alternative dispute resolution growing in wake of Jordan.

    According to the lawyers at the arbitration chambers on the top 10 list who spoke to Canadian Lawyer, we’re on the cusp of an alternative dispute resolution revolution.