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FMC's departing lawyers represent a big chunk of the firm’s strength in mining in the Toronto market.

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Bennett Jones LLP has scooped a heavy hitting team of six lawyers from Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in the wake of FMC's decision to join with two foreign firms.

Sander Grieve, Michael Melanson, Linda Misetich, James Clare, John Sabine and Abbas Ali Khan are leaving FMC's Toronto office for Bennett Jones, a spokesman for FMC confirmed.

The departing lawyers represent a big chunk of the firm's strength in mining in the Toronto market.

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Mr. Grieve was national co-chair of FMC's mining group. Ms. Misetich was co-chair of the business law department at FMC. Mr. Melanson was the national practise leader for securities and corporate law.

"While we always regret any departure, the possibility of these types of changes was taken into consideration as part of our rigorous strategic business planning process," FMC said in a statement.

Late last year FMC agreed to join with Salans LLP and SNR Denton in a three-way merger to create a new firm called Dentons.

In the statement, FMC said the Dentons plan has "exceeded our expectations" and FMC is "firmly committed" to the strategy.

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