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Canada’s Best Law Firms

A benchmark of excellence in business law

The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine has partnered with the independent market research provider Statista to launch Canada’s Best Law Firms, a new ranking published in November 2021.

The aim of this ranking is to draw on the opinions and experiences of legal professionals to create a tool that will help companies select law firms best suited to their needs.

If you have any expertise in the field of legal services e.g. as lawyer in a law firm, paralegal, in-house lawyer or legal executive in a company, we would like to hear about your experience.

Pre-registration for the 2023 ranking is now open.

FAQs

What will Canada’s Best Law Firms recognize?

The list will recognize the most widely recommended business law firms in Canada. Survey participants will be asked to recommend the law firms of their choice in various legal fields, including:

  • Aboriginal Law and/or Indigenous Law
  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Cannabis
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investments
  • Construction
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Cyber Security & Data Protection
  • Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations)
  • Energy & Natural Resources (mining, oil & gas)
  • Environment (incl. Climate Change)
  • Family Law
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure Projectsl
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Labour & Employment
  • Media, Entertainment & Sport
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Investments
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • White-Collar Crime

Who are you surveying?

The opinions and knowledge of legal professionals will drive the success of this initiative, which we hope will provide readers with a credible view of which firms stand out in Canada. We define legal professionals as lawyers or paralegals working for law firms, as well as individuals who work in legal departments as in-house lawyers, legal executives or counsels.

What firms are you evaluating?

All law firms with a branch in Canada can be nominated and recommended. Since it is an independent survey carried out by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine and Statista, all nominations come from participants in the survey. No prior registration is required for firms to be considered.

How are the winning companies identified?

The list will honour the companies that are most frequently recommended by the survey participants.

When and where will the Canada’s Best Law Firms list be published?

We plan to publish the list in the December issue of Report on Business magazine. The list will be published online in the Report on Business magazine section of The Globe and Mail’s website on November 15, 2022 and distributed in print to subscribers of The Globe and Mail on November 26, 2022.

How do I know if my firm is among the winners?

Winning companies will be notified by e-mail early in the autumn of 2022.

Can I nominate my own firm?

Nominating one's own company is not allowed. All persons who register are required to provide a valid business e-mail address and their contact information. Contributions from participants using private e-mail addresses and generic business e-mail addresses will not be considered. Please note that recommendations for one’s own firm or attempts to participate multiple times will not be counted. We reserve the right to exclude companies from the top list if we detect infringements of this rule.

Will participation in the survey be remunerated?

No. This is an independent survey and participation is voluntary.

How long will the survey take?

This survey will take just a few minutes to complete.

Will my individual responses be shared?

No. All responses will be confidential and anonymized.

How can I participate?

Pre-registration for the 2023 ranking is now open.

When can I complete the survey?

The 2023 survey will be in field from May 17, 2022 to July 10, 2022.

Can I share the survey link with others?

You may share this link with other legal professionals (including members of your company) and customers. To participate, these persons may register using their business e-mail address and full contact information.

Is there a cost for firms to appear on the published list?

No. All winners are allowed to promote their success via press releases, social media, or on their websites. However, optional paid opportunities will be available to winners, including congratulatory advertising packages and a licensing fee for use of the “Canada’s Best Law Firms 2023” logo. This offer is open to all winners and voluntary.

Is the 2021 list of Canada’s Best Law Firms funded by a law firm or commissioned by a third party?

No. The list is funded, directed, and supported by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine and Statista.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please email the Statista Canada’s Best Law Firms research team at bestlawfirms-canada@statista.com.

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