Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Week of Apr. 17

Firms making moves included Osler and Wildeboer Dellelce

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Week of Apr. 17

Welcome to this week’s roundup of movements among major law firms, in which we sum up significant hires, promotions and departures.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm announced in a media statement that it intends to reduce compensation in its offices across North America. In Canada, the firm’s attorneys will experience a 10 per cent decrease in base compensation.

While it recognizes that it cannot be sure about how long such decreases shall be necessary, at present, the firm expects that the reductions shall apply until the end of this year.

“We all will share in some short-term pain, but in the long term, taking these actions now is the most prudent way for us to move through this crisis as a Firm, with the smallest impact possible on our people and our clients,” said Colin Murray, the firm’s North America chief executive officer.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The firm has announced that Patricia Kosseim has been appointed as Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner. Effective July 1, she will serve a five-year term in the role.

Based in the firm’s Ottawa office, she has served in its privacy and data management practice group and has co-led its AccessPrivacy platform. She also has prior experience working at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, where she served as senior general counsel and director general.

“We know Patricia’s deep expertise and wealth of experience will serve her well in her new role, and we wish her all the best,” said the firm in the congratulatory news release.

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Three new partners have joined the Toronto-based firm:

  • Jonathan Born ⁠— commercial real estate, corporate law, commercial law and debt products
  • Michael Rennie ⁠— corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, commercial law, start-ups and emerging companies
  • Peter Volk ⁠— corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, commercial law, corporate governance and investor activism

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