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Global firm Norton Rose Fulbright has a market-leading Canadian private client practice, with particular strength in British Columbia. The firm is "the best in class nationally," according to a source, adding: "I think Norton Rose Fulbright as a whole is the best in Vancouver."
Another source says: "In my view this group is the best. Their estate planning advice is great and their documents are outstanding, and they also provide strong family governance work. Their tax knowledge, estate law knowledge, trust law knowledge and family law knowledge is second to none."
Amanda Stacey is described as a "stand-out individual" by one interviewee, who adds: "She has a broad range of expertise - she can plan, she can implement, she can advise. She is very insightful and thoughtful, and she has significant exposure to the charity and non-profit field, which is important." A source observes that Stacey is "very technically sound and excellent for charity files," and another remarks: "Amanda is excellent. She is on top of the field, a real expert in her area."
Carmen Thériault "is a leading light in Vancouver," a source comments, continuing: "She is very good, she has phenomenal skills and she is very strong in this area." Thériault leads the firm's wealth and private client group in Canada. Another source agrees, saying: "She is really, really good, especially for non-profit matters. She is a powerhouse."
Kirsten Jenkins is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright's Vancouver office. "Kirsten Jenkins is a star when it comes to providing a practical approach to estate planning and administration," a source enthuses, continuing: "She is incredibly bright but also approachable, and she is often my first choice when referring a client out of our office."
Laura West is "excellent," says a source; "she has a strong expertise for charity and non-profit work." Another interviewee comments: "Laura West is very personable with clients and makes a great effort to get to know them and their needs. She is solutions-oriented with a strong understanding of the law. Her advice is practical and thorough. Laura has a great way of communicating complex topics so clients understand them and the importance of thinking through circumstances that are not always comfortable."