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Canada: Business Crime Defence 2016

Seventeen lawyers are recommended in this chapter for their stellar practices defending corporates and individuals in white-collar criminal matters. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Matthew Lindsay QC Rose, Calgary
Brian Greenspan Greenspan Humphrey Lavine, Toronto
Scott Fenton Fenton Smith Barristers, Toronto
Richard Peck QC Peck and Company, Vancouver

 At Borden Ladner Gervais two lawyers are recommended. National chair of the fraud law group Ross McGowan is a “fantastic litigator” who “instils confidence in his clients”. John Blair QC is the national commercial litigation group leader and he has extensive experience representing clients in enforcement actions before the authorities relating to insider trading, market manipulation and director conduct.

McCarthy Tétrault sees two of its lawyers recommended in this section. David Porter heads the white-collar defence and investigations practice and is “never less than impressive”. Leonard Doust QC in Vancouver is a “great advocate” who “fights hard for his clients”.

At Rose, Matthew Lindsay QC is an experienced litigator, who is considered an “undisputed leading lawyer in the fraud and corruption area” by respondents. He is praised for his “determined approach” to cases and “strong work ethic”.

Brian Greenspan at Greenspan Humphrey Lavine is considered “a pioneer in criminal law”. He is a “talented and methodical lawyer” who peers and clients widely endorse.  

Fenton Smith Barristers’ Scott Fenton is one of the top criminal law advocates in the country, described by peers as “sophisticated and very smart”.

Richard Peck QC at Peck and Company draws on decades of experience in criminal law. He is “always on top of the details” and “great on his feet” say sources.

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