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Special report, Canada: merging to survive and thrive?


Competition among Canada’s independent law firms is getting fiercer. Will some choose to follow Gowlings into a merger rather than continue to go it alone?

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Where next for Gowling WLG?

27-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

When Wragges and Gowlings merge next year numerous options will open up for the Anglo-Canadian firm to build on – and develop beyond – its IP and natural resources roots.


Canada – Change of emphasis

12-Jan-2015 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Life in Canada is getting harder for firms as commodities prices fall and work volumes slow

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A&O shuts Toronto office as regional head moves in-house

29-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

Allen & Overy (A&O) is closing its office in Toronto following the departure of office head François Duquette. 


Clifford Chance leads on Cinven's £2.3bn pharma sale to Sullivan client Concordia

8-Sep-2015 | By Rachel Moloney

A host of Canadian, US and UK firms have all won roles on Cinven’s £2.3bn sale of London-based Amdipharm Mercury Company (AmCo) to Toronto’s Concordia Healthcare. 

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Gowlings' Jolliffe: "It's important that we maintain good relationships with US firms"

17-Jul-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Canadian firm Gowlings has been increasing its global presence under CEO Scott Jolliffe for some time but truly becoming an international firm has proved difficult.

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Time to confess? The 1946 Carnaby Street murder download subscription

S&O Partnership 31-Jul-2015

No interest in prosecuting man who confessed to exotic dancer killing.

Big US law firms are spending more on technology download subscription

Aderant 27-Jul-2015

Investing in practice and financial management systems, network upgrades etc.

Trade marks as metadata – an interesting ruling from Canada weblink subscription

Walker Morris 15-Jul-2015

Hashtage in the infringement frame.

Good news for UK creditors following landmark Nortel decision download subscription

Gateley Plc 10-Jun-2015

As a result of the landmark rulings, 33,000 UK creditors will receive a pro rata share in the fallen giant Nortel Group’s residual assets of $7.3bn. 

ABA antitrust section’s spring meeting: what you need to know download subscription

Baker & McKenzie 11-May-2015

Cutting-edge antitrust issues debated by delegates at the meeting.

Intellectual property agent – client privilege coming soon to Canada download subscription

Baker & McKenzie 29-Apr-2015

On 21 April 2015, the Government of Canada announced its 2015 Federal Budget, which proposes certain innovator­-friendly changes to Canada’s intellectual property regime.

Canada: an unpaid dividend refund is not a refund download subscription

Dentons 28-Apr-2015

We hope the CRA will align its assessing position with the clear interpretation of the Tax Court.

Cultural tax credits: significant changes to the Ontario regime download subscription

Dentons 27-Apr-2015

Sound recording credit eliminated, and other changes. 

Tax court erred in awarding costs on basis of pre-appeal conduct download subscription

Dentons 24-Apr-2015

The Tax Court has in recent years demonstrated a willingness to use cost awards to control the parties’ conduct.

New guidance for healthcare company directors in Canada download subscription

Dentons 24-Apr-2015

The OIG released new guidance to assist governing boards of healthcare organisations in the discharge of their oversight obligations regarding compliance.

Inspecting something is working on it, for health and safety purposes download subscription

Dentons 24-Apr-2015

A maintenance electrician had ‘worked on’ a stuck shipping door when he simply ‘inspected’ it, even though he had not actually performed maintenance on it, a court has ruled.

Canada: balancing the Budget and balancing copyright download subscription

Dentons 24-Apr-2015

The Government of Canada’s Budget Plan for 2015 proposes various measures within the expected areas of tax relief, job creation and economic growth measures.

The Canadian Federal Budget 2015: balancing the books download subscription

Dentons 22-Apr-2015

The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.

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