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Canada: Private Client 2016

In this year’s chapter we have identified 29 practitioners as experts in the provision of advice to high-net-worth individuals, families, trustees, family businesses and charities. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Martin Rochwerg Miller Thomson, Toronto
Margaret O'Sullivan O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers Professional Corporation, Toronto
Timothy Youdan Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto
Ian Hull Hull & Hull, Toronto
Maureen Berry Goodmans, Toronto

 Fasken Martineau DuMoulin leads our research with four practitioners. Edgar Frechette in Vancouver advises some of British Columbia’s most prominent families on wealth management and succession and is described by peers as being among the most prominent players. Howard Carr’s practice specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious estate planning including wills and trusts and cross-border planning. He is regarded as “a longstanding and well-respected figure in private finance”. The “hardworking and results-oriented” Elena Hoffstein focuses on personal tax, estate and succession planning, marriage contracts, wills and trusts, and not-for-profit law. Corina Weigl has extensive experience in estate and family business succession planning and complex legal issues relating to private client matters.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg achieves three listings, with Timothy Youdan listed as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research. His practice covers all aspects of private client work from planning to litigation and he has advised on the establishment of domestic and international personal trusts. Elie Roth specialises in tax planning and is described as having “an encyclopaedic knowledge” of the area. His engagements include advising high-net-worth individuals on taxation matters. Rhonda Rudick also has a prominent standing in estate planning and personal tax planning.

Miller Thomson garners two listings in its Toronto office. Martin Rochwerg is one of the leading names in our research with peers recognising his expertise in multi-jurisdictional tax issues, wealth management and owner-manager planning and charitable trusts. The “top-notch” Rachel Blumenfeld specialises in trusts and estates administration and personal tax planning, including not-for-profit law.

Robinson Sheppard Shapiro’s Martin Lord is head of the firm’s tax law services group with a reputation for effectively handling complex tax and succession planning. He is noted for his “meticulous and thorough approach”. Marilyn Piccini Roy is highly recommended for her expertise in managing trusts and estates for Quebec residents with property in the US or Europe.

Paul Gibney at Thorsteinssons “really knows his stuff” when it comes to both domestic and cross-border estate planning and wealth management for high-net-worth individuals. David Thompson focuses on trust and estate management relating to tax issues, and is regarded as “a clever and creative lawyer”.

At Stewart McKelvey, Richard Niedermayer is recommended for his skill in complex international asset administration for estates including multiple trusts across jurisdictions. He is “a sharp and technically excellent lawyer”. Timothy Matthews QC is a specialist in trust and estate litigation, tax and estate planning and probate procedures.

O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers Margaret O'Sullivan has experience in all aspects of private client work including estate, will and trust planning, litigation and advising executors and trustees and beneficiaries. According to one source, “She provides all-round knowledge and always works towards the best solution for the client.”

Hull & Hull co-founder Ian Hull in Toronto is considered by peers as “a leading player in estate and trust litigation”, with a particular focus on probate law.

Maureen Berry at Goodmans is a high-ranking individual in our research. She is head of the firm's personal tax and estates advisory group where she focuses on estate planning and taxation issues relating to domestic and international estates. She is described as “an instantly recognisable and respected name”.

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