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Downtown Vancouver.
Downtown Vancouver.
(RAFAL GERSZAK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Law firm Bennett Jones opens Vancouver office

Bennett Jones LLP, a law firm with Calgary roots, went national over a decade ago with a move onto Bay Street. More recently, it opened offices in cities as far flung as Beijing, Dubai and Doha. Now, it is finally hanging out a shingle in Vancouver.

Hugh MacKinnon, the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer, says the move comes as the 380-lawyer firm does more business in Vancouver with clients in the liquefied natural gas and mining sectors.‎ “When you’re the biggest firm based in Western Canada ... and you’re not in Vancouver, it is a bit of a hole,” Mr. MacKinnon said in an interview, adding that Vancouver was becoming increasingly important as a business and energy centre. “We’re asked all the time if we are in Vancouver – that didn’t used to happen.”