Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Gowling is recognised as a"quality firm" with "excellent people" who do "good-quality work." The firm's private client services group handles estate planning and business successions, estate administration and litigation matters, and can also help clients to plan their philanthropic giving.

"I find the team at Gowling amazing," enthuses a source, adding: "They work together as a complete unit, each with their own strengths." Another interviewee says: "They are easy to deal with, they always make time for you, they are very smart and they know what they are doing - they get the job done."

Notable practitioners

Archie Rabinowitz
is "one of the finest litigators in the city," says an interviewee, explaining that "he is not afraid to have a hard-fought battle, but his civility is second to none and his knowledge of the area is top in the city." Rabinowitz represents clients in estate and trust litigation. A source states:"He is always a pleasure to work with. He has a breadth of knowledge and understanding of things that is certainly very valuable in the mediation perspective and in the litigation side because he has a lot of understanding of how things fit together in terms of corporate and real estate matters that have to be thought through when you're trying to settle a matter."

Brian Cohen
is co-leader of Gowling's national private client services group. "I find Brian very down to earth and easy to deal with," says a source; "he does not over-explain things and get too technical and when you put him in front of a client, he communicates the legal side of things very well. Brian is my go-to guy."

One source says
David Lobl
is "clearly incredibly smart in his field," adding: "He is able to collect a bunch of information and synthesise it well. He advises his clients of risks and considerations very well and he is a fun guy to be around, which makes an unpleasant situation much easier." Another source says Lobl is "a very strong litigator" who is "very sensible to work against and with," and has "technical skills."

David Stevens
advises high net worth clients, charities and not-for-profit organisations on matters including estate, tax and business succession planning. One interviewee describes him as a "very thoughtful and analytical practitioner" continuing: "When he speaks, everyone listens. I enjoy my interactions with him and he is someone a client would have a great deal of confidence in."