Reports that a Magic Circle firm is looking to set up a shop in Canada have surfaced again, but this time the rumour is that a U.K. firm could be looking at Toronto.
Last week, both The Lawyer online and Legal Week reported that London-based Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP might be looking at Toronto, not Vancouver, for a future services centre.
Reports of a Freshfields location in Canada first surfaced a year ago when one of the firm’s executive partners hinted a plan was in the works to open a second “legal services centre” in Vancouver at the end of 2016. The centre would largely be staffed initially by paralegals. The firm has a similar kind of centre in Manchester employing 250 people.