Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP recently moved out of its Toronto shell with the opening of a Vancouver office, aiming both to better serve the local mining industry and expand its international reach from a West Coast perch. Now, the law firm has snagged three established B.C. mining lawyers away from the local office of Lawson Lundell LLP.
Cassels says Gordon Chambers, Jane Murdoch and Joanna Cameron are joining its mining group in Vancouver. The three new partners, Cassels says, specialize in advising Australian dual issuers on the Australian and Toronto stock exchanges, and the trio have “an impressive client base” of mining companies in Western Australia.
Canadian law firms have been scrambling to boost their international profiles, opening new offices overseas. National firms have also been moving into the Calgary market, looking to be part of foreign investment in oil and gas, such as Torys LLP. And Ogilvy Renault and Macleod Dixon have merged into the international London-based Norton Rose.
Cassels, which before this year had only its Toronto HQ, prides itself on being a leading adviser to mining companies. It opened its Vancouver office earlier this year.