Miller Thomson LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

Canada
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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

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."

Martin Rochwerg is "one of the leading practitioners in the country," says one of his peers, adding: "He is an extremely sophisticated thinker, extremely good with clients and always a pleasure to work with. He is very smart, outgoing and has a huge depth of experience." Another comments: "He is very strong in seeing the big picture, in terms of integrated planning. He's great at seeing the pieces and putting them together in a useful way."

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."