Blake Cassels opens its doors in Chicago

Blake Cassels & Graydon has become the first Canadian firm to set up shop in Chicago. The office will initially be staffed by partner Geoff Belsher and one associate, although there are hopes that it will house five lawyers within five years. According to reports, the firm applied for a foreign legal consultant’s licence to the Illinois Supreme Court and intends to advise only Canadian clients on Canadian law. The office marks a period of US expansion for the firm after it established a New York base in March. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 28 April