CITY AND REGIONAL REPORTS

  • Apr 15, 2019
    A light in the oil slump Tunnel

    A light in the oil slump Tunnel

    In 2014, when plummeting oil prices bucked Calgary’s economy, the city’s legal community — especially corporate lawyers — must have slumped in their saddles. Oil & gas have long been the rich lifeblood of the Alberta economy and, in Calgary especially, that resource sector kept lawyers well fed.

    But in the fourth quarter of 2014, crude oil prices, after peaking at US$106.65 per barrel, stumbled as low as $28.49 in the ensuing years. Just lately, providing some hint of respite, prices have ranged up around the mid-$50s.

  • Feb 18, 2019
    The best of both worlds

    The best of both worlds

    Step on an elevator anywhere on the East Coast and whoever is inside will say hello — family, friend or perfect stranger. Inevitably they will comment on the weather. Connecting with those in the community is part of the fabric of life in the four provinces that comprise Atlantic Canada.

    That friendliness and warmth also distinguishes the legal community from the rest of the country. It’s a matter of degree. It’s not that other areas of the country aren’t collegial, it’s that the profession is not as cordial as it is on the East Coast. “The community here is very close-knit,” says Cheryl Hodder, a partner and vice-chair of the board of directors with McInnes Cooper in Halifax.

  • Nov 19, 2018
    Stability in an era of change

    Stability in an era of change

    With low oil prices and strained relations with the United States, business for lawyers in the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba can rely on the ancient basics.

    “Things like mining, oil and gas production, construction, commercial real estate are still feeling the pinch from the downturn in the economy,” says Jeff Grubb, Saskatchewan’s managing partner of Miller Thomson LLP.

  • Apr 9, 2018
    B.C. booms

    B.C. booms

    Opportunities for lawyers abound in British Columbia as smaller centres attract legal talent and Vancouver continues to grow.

    B.C. lawyers are looking for more than a paycheque and there’s a growing trend to look outside Vancouver for that work-life balance in places where a home mortgage doesn’t look like funding for a federal program.

  • Feb 5, 2018
    New Brunswick Regional Report

    New Brunswick Regional Report

    Law firms and lawyers are deeply rooted in Canada’s only officially bilingual province.

    There are 15 counties in New Brunswick that span roughly 73,000 square kilometres and are home to approximately 747,000 people. The dimensions and the demographics, however, belie another numerical reality.

  • Oct 2, 2017
    Edmonton city report

    Edmonton city report

    Alberta’s capital is more diversified than Calgary and lawyers are optimistic things are looking up.

    You might have heard that Daryl Katz, the reclusive billionaire owner of the Edmonton Oilers, recently built a new hockey arena in downtown Edmonton. The rink was always pitched by Katz and his team as the spark that would light an explosion of downtown redevelopment, and with some $313 million of public money thrown into the project, there was a lot of interest to see if that would in fact happen.

  • Jul 4, 2017
    Montreal city report

    Montreal city report

    La metropole is experiencing a renaissance and many lawyers are benefitting.

    Montreal has long been Canada’s capital of chic and cool. But high unemployment, crumbling infrastructures and front-page corruption cases have in recent years tarnished the city’s image as a world-class place to live, work and do business.

  • Apr 3, 2017
    Halifax city report

    Halifax city report

    Collegiality is evident throughout the profession, but competition for work is still fierce.

    Size defines and defies the practice of law in Halifax. Because the bar is not large, faces, personalities and practices quickly become familiar. But familiarity does not breed contempt. In fact, the opposite is true.

  • Nov 14, 2016
    Vancouver City Report

    Vancouver City Report

    Law firms are being hit with a flood of legal work as Asian investment continues to grow

    The hiring joke in the Vancouver legal community is that every firm wants a “unicorn” — a First Nations lawyer capable of speaking Mandarin.

  • Apr 4, 2016
    Calgary: Resilience of oil town lawyers put to test

    Calgary: Resilience of oil town lawyers put to test

    “It’s hold on to your hat,” says Joe Lougheed. “Don’t get bucked off and look to the future.” That is his straight-from-the-hip assessment about business, and specifically the law business, in Calgary these days.

    Lougheed is a partner with Dentons LLP and a member of one of the oldest and most storied families in Alberta.