BOUTIQUE FIRM RANKINGS

  • Sep 10, 2018
    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Adapting to change: Top Ten Immigration Boutiques

    Canada’s immigration boutiques have spent the last decade adapting to a toughening of the rules governing business immigration with stiffer penalties but they have benefited from new initiatives meant to make coming to Canada easier and faster. At the same time, anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. is attracting more immigrants to Canada and stimulating business.

    Barbara Jo Caruso was a partner at Gowling WLG for 13 years before leaving to start Corporate Immigration Law Firm, an experience, she says, that provided her a “wonderful foundation.” But the smaller setting allows more agility in addressing client needs.

  • Sep 4, 2018
    Client-centred growth: Top Ten Corporate Boutiques

    Client-centred growth: Top Ten Corporate Boutiques

    As clients focus more on value than prestige, corporate boutiques have grown

    Those leading Canadian Lawyer’s top corporate law boutiques list are veterans from big firms who left to ply their trade under what they say is a more flexible, affordable but capable model. The startup economy is breeding clients who do not want to pay $1,500-an-hour fees but still need legal services to grow.

  • May 22, 2018
    Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    As police methods continue to evolve, so, too, have the top criminal boutiques. Protecting clients from the intrusion of an increasingly technologically equipped state has been a preoccupation of many of the firms in Canadian Lawyer’s top criminal law boutiques.

    But a lack of public investment in other areas such as white collar crime enforcement and legal aid, according to Marie Henein of Henein Hutchison LLP, is a challenge.

  • 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

    Tax Boutiques

     Tax boutiques may be small, but they are mighty.