With international law firms entering the legal arena, competition among Canada’s law firms looks set to ignite. In total we include over 1000 lawyers from 170 law firms in Alberta, British Colombia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territories. View the firm profiles of the leading 15 firms in 2011.
The importance of energy and trade to the economy has not escaped law firms’ attention and many are praised internationally for their mining and oil and gas practices. Moreover, international firms are beginning to spot the opportunities the country offers for growing their energy and natural resources practices. In June 2011, Norton Rose announced its merger with Ogilvy Renault LLP, marking it as the first truly global firm to enter the Canadian market – a strategic decision for a firm well known for its excellent reputation in power and mining. Further to this, the Norton Rose Group announced plans in October to merge with Calgary-based Macleod Dixon on 1 January 2012. In the wake of this, there has been talk of other international firms looking for merger partners.