“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.”
To respond to clients’ complex needs, the Quebec regional law firms on this year’s top 10 list say their lawyers have had to become more specialized in their areas of practice. Many have also boosted their teams with the addition of lawyers from the now-defunct Heenan Blaikie LLP’s Quebec offices.