CITY REPORT

  • 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.

  • Jul 6, 2015
    Saskatoon: Strong economy boosts city's legal profession

    Saskatoon: Strong economy boosts city's legal profession

    Along the north bank of the South Saskatchewan River sits a bronze statue of a preacher and a chief gazing across the river looking at what is today the southeast side of Saskatoon. The monument marks the spot — according to the city’s history — of a meeting in August 1882 between the Dakota Sioux Chief Whitecap and Saskatoon’s founding father John Lake.

    As the story goes, the Dakota chief counselled the temperance colony leader about where the best place would be to build a town site. A year later, Saskatoon was born and by 1884 the population was around 80 people with six houses, a store, and a sawmill and by 1903, the community officially became a town.

  • Apr 6, 2015
    St John's: Big-city practice, small town lifestyle

    St John's: Big-city practice, small town lifestyle

    Lawyers who have not visited St. John’s, NL, in some time will find the view from historic Signal Hill reassuringly familiar. The multi-coloured houses, reminiscent of the painted ladies in San Francisco but distinctively East Coast, continue to dot the landscape. The salt tang from the harbour still lingers in the air, and the pubs that line Duckworth Street, as always, invite you in with infectious laughter.

    But visitors to St. John’s will discover something disconcertingly different: prosperity. Arguably once the poorest province in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has discovered uptapped wealth in oil fields. St. John’s is home to much of the new-found affluence, and legal practices in the city are thriving — and shifting focus — as a result.

  • Mar 2, 2015
    Winnipeg: holding steady

    Winnipeg: holding steady

    On a brisk winter morning, with the temperature a mere -20 C and rising, senior litigator Dave Hill had his day and evening mapped out, including a way to beat the elements. After a full day of work, he planned to use the enclosed downtown Skywalk, to walk from his office on Main Street to the nearby MTS Centre to watch the Winnipeg Jets play that night. “I wish we had more tickets,” says Hill, as the arena for the NHL hockey team is routinely sold out.

    So too, appear to be the demands on his legal time. “The past two weeks have been the busiest in the past 40 years,” says the co-founder of Hill Sokalski Walsh Olson LLP, one of the oldest litigation boutiques in the country. “I am very bullish,” Hill replies when asked about the state of the legal profession in Winnipeg. “We are looking to expand to other areas.”

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