BOUTIQUE FIRM RANKINGS

  • 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.

  • May 8, 2017
    Evolving with clients - Part 2

    Evolving with clients - Part 2

    Top Personal Injury Boutiques Part 2

    Below is the final half of the top 10 personal injury boutiques, listed alphabetically. The first half of the list was released last Monday. If you’d like to read the accompanying article and view the first half of the list, you can do so here.

  • May 1, 2017
    Evolving with clients - Part 1

    Evolving with clients - Part 1

    From new challenges to old foes, the personal injury bar is nothing if not adaptable.

    The personal injury bar is facing a host of issues right now. A continuous reduction in accident benefits is a constant challenge, delays in access to the courts because of R. v. Jordan is a significant roadblock and, of course, especially in Ontario, there is the hot-button issue of misleading advertising.

  • Jan 9, 2017
    Small but mighty - Part 2

    Small but mighty - Part 2

    This article is a continuation of ''Small but mighty'' from the January 2017 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

    Click here to read Part 1.

  • Jan 3, 2017
    Small but mighty - Part 1

    Small but mighty - Part 1

    Insurance Defence Boutiques

    Carolena Gordon, senior equity partner at Clyde & Co. in Montreal, says all her conversations these days have a common focus, and that is modernization.

  • May 9, 2016
    Strong, confident, competitive - Part 2

    Strong, confident, competitive - Part 2

    This article is a continuation of ''Strong, confident, competitive'' from the May 2016 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

    Click here to read part 1.

  • May 2, 2016
    Strong, confident, competitive - Part 1

    Strong, confident, competitive - Part 1

    For the first time this year, Canadian Lawyer conducted a survey of Canada’s top 10 corporate law boutiques. The top vote-getters in this category were equally confident of their ability to match Big Law’s strength in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities work.

    “If you take our firm and put it inside any of the Seven Sister law firms, you’d have a corporate finance department that’s equal to theirs — maybe not in size but certainly in calibre, in execution, and in expertise,” says Perry Dellelce, managing partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. “When we left the large firms — and most of the partners here were at large, Seven Sister firms — we didn’t leave our brains behind,” says Dellelce. “But we knew we wouldn’t take the large multi-national Canadian and foreign corporations as clients [to our new firm].”