Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Borden Ladner Gervais is seen as a "very high-end firm." The firm's family wealth counsel practice group offers trust and estate planning, administration and litigation.

"They have a wonderful depth and breadth, and a good bench strength that allows them to nimbly assess files," an interviewee comments, while another highlights the firm's strength as "the utilisation of strategies that lead to practical solutions."

Notable practitioners

Daniel Dochylo
"has a lovely, lovely manner about him that makes other people in the estates Bar very fond of him," an insider states, continuing: "Daniel has a lovely demeanour with clients and the court and other counsel. He thinks really strategically and really understands client interest. I also enjoy working with him as he has a very good sense of humour. Nothing ever fazes him, he can summarise things in a punchy one-line manner to give a client update."

Nancy Golding
is "gold standard," according to a source. Golding is based in Calgary, and is the family wealth counsel group's Alberta regional leader. Another source says: "She is very capable, a formidable opponent and I like that - I like having someone who knows what they're doing on the other side. She is competent and this gets us a resolution quicker."

Pamela Cross
"is one of the best at the firm," according to a source, who adds: "She is a very strong practitioner with a very good expertise." Cross advises affluent individuals on estate, trust and tax planning. "She is very good and very strong," one commentator remarks; "she has good technical skills and she is very personable. She is very good at what she does."

Ruth Spetz
is a partner in the firm's Calgary office. "She is strong and a leader in the Alberta market," an interviewee comments, adding: "She knows her stuff inside and out." Another source notes that "she is very good for wills, she is excellent."