Miller Thomson LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Miller Thomson is highly regarded in the market for advising clients on estate planning, trusts and philanthropic matters. The firm also boasts strong litigation capabilities, regularly handling trust and estate disputes.

"They have a very strong practice," notes one market insider, and another says: "They are very good: they know what they are doing and are very savvy." Clients add that "the support processes seem to function seamlessly and the office is well supported."

Notable practitioners

Elena Hoffstein is an "excellent estates lawyer and is very strong on philanthropic work; that is her great strength," notes one of her peers. Another confirms: "She is one of the leading practitioners in the private client space. She has a lot of expertise, in particular in the charity space. She has very strong experience on the trusts and planning side." Others say Hoffstein is "one of the top ones doing the wills."

Kelly Charlebois is a "very good" lawyer and has a recognised trust and estate litigation practice. One fellow lawyer says she "does a good job - she gets really involved and is really sharp." A litigator notes: "She is very timely, professional and tenacious. She takes a very practical approach to files."

William Fowlis QC is praised for his "very thorough, broad knowledge" by peers, who say he is "very strong and very creative," particularly on tax-related private client matters. "He is very strong on the technical side," notes a market insider, and another adds that "he is very thoughtful in dealing with clients on the planning side and manages that well."