Chambers Canada Guide
Chambers Canada 2023 e-Edition available to download.
Find the top Lawyer and Law Firms across Canada 2023 in our e-Edition, now available to download per chapter.
Chambers Canada 2023 Guide Webinar
Watch the guide launch webinar and discover key findings from this year's research and learn what is new in this edition of the guide with an overview from the Chambers Canada team.
About the Chambers Canada Legal Guide 2023
Welcome to the Chambers Canada Guide 2023 search the legal market's best law firms and lawyers using the search functionality above.
Chambers Canada differentiates the best legal talent across a range of provincial, national and international law firms based across the country, to assist those looking for the most suitable providers of legal services for when it matters.
Each ranking is based on the Chambers ranking system which is established from the most in-depth market analysis and comprehensive independent research, that is unrivalled in accuracy, depth and quality and carried out by our experienced team of London-based researchers.
The Chambers Canada team continues to work with law firms of all sizes, from small local boutique firms to large full-service firms to ensure we champion exceptional talent wherever it exists and deliver unparalleled and indispensable insights.
To find out more about our research process and how we rank firms please see our methodology page.
Chambers Canada Guide 2023 Submissions
Law firms of all sizes and across all areas of law can submit to be ranked in the guide, to showcase their expertise and connect with buyers of legal services.
The release of the Chambers Canada 2024 research schedule can be found at this link.
Chambers Guide 2023: Highlights
Canada 2021 - 2022 Trends
The Chambers Canada team and Chambers remain committed to ensuring that our coverage of the ever growing and evolving legal market across Canada is reflective of the market realities and trends, as well as the requirements of those looking for detailed analysis and insights on the top law firms and lawyers across the country.
In interviews this year, our researchers identified a number of key market trends across various areas of law and geographic regions in the country. A particularly interesting development was the early signs of a shift of class action lawsuits away from Ontario, with an increasing number of plaintiff’s initiating lawsuits in other provinces due to a number of recent decisions that suggest Ontario is becoming an increasingly defendant-friendly jurisdiction.
Other noteworthy trends across research include an increase in M&A activity, particularly in the commodities and technology sectors, the growing significance of Energy Transition work as a proportion of the energy & natural resources market and market uncertainty becoming pervasive across the country, due to rising inflation and supply chain issues caused by the conflict in Ukraine.
Chambers Canada Guide – Changes and Updates
We were also able to introduce a number of changes to the structure of some tables in the Canada Guide, as well as a few brand new tables to ensure we recognize the best lawyers in a number of distinct categories.
In the area of Tax, we have introduced a new Indirect Tax subsection, a spotlight table which recognises the leading lawyers in this area. Simmilarly, we have also this year introduced a sub-table to recognise those litigators based in Alberta who have a focus on Securities matters.
In Ontario, we have fundamentally enhanced our recognition of lawyers and law firms focusing on Mid-market real estate transactions. We have expanded our coverage of law firms, introducing numerical bands to the table for the first time, and we now also recognise individual lawyers for their work in this area too.
Finally, we have also introduced numerically ranked department rankings for Zoning & Land Use real estate matters in Alberta.
Gender Diversity in Canada 2023
We continuously strive to partner with all law firms to ensure their female partners and associates are included in our research process, as diversity and inclusion in the legal market are vital focuses.
A specific initiative for the 2023 Canada Guide was a concerted attempt to make sure that the gender balance of lawyers interviewed was as close to 50/50 a possible. This was in an attempt to ensure that we avoid an echo chamber effect in our research and hopefully shine a light on individuals who may have been underrepresented in the research process in previous years.
Across the research period, 45% of our call requests were with male lawyers, 39% with female lawyers and the remaining 9% were balanced, in that we either didn’t request a specific individual, or asked to speak to both a male and female lawyer on the call.
The result was that 51% of our calls were with male lawyers, 34% with female lawyers and 15% had both a female and male lawyer on the call.
As a result, the Canada Guide was able to hit a significant milestone, with over 25% of lawyers in the guide being female this year, a 3% increase when compared to last years figures.
Having almost half our interviews be conducted with at least 1 female lawyer on the call is certainly a positive takeaway from the process, and though many factors determine the lawyers we request interviews in any given year, we hope that continuing to focus on diversity in future years will continue to aid our recognition of female lawyers in the Canada Guide.
Female lawyers' presence across the guide (increase of 3% compared to last year)
Newly Ranked Female Lawyers
Practice areas - % increase by gender
• 200% increase of women lawyers in Tax Litigation, Insurance: Dispute Resolution and Employment & Labour: Labour for Unions – British Columbia
• 167% increase of women lawyers in Construction
• 150% increase of women lawyers in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
• 100% increase of women lawyers in Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, Energy: Power (Regulatory), Private Equity: Buyouts, Real Estate – Alberta and Real Estate - Québec
• 67% increase of women lawyers in Litigation: General Commercial Alberta and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – Alberta
Associates to Watch and Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Canada 2023
Another focus of the Canada Guide for the 2023 release was to enhance our coverage of both associates and younger partners in the guide, to ensure that we remain at the forefront of identifying the next generation of elite lawyers in the Canadian legal market.
By instructing the research team to pay particular attention to the presence of associates and recently promoted partners on submission documents, and then cross-reference this against the lawyers attracting significant positive commentary from clients and market sources, we were able to achieve the following increases in recognition:
Increase in number of Associates to Watch rankings in the Canada Guide 2023
Increase in the number of Up-and-Coming rankings in the Canada Guide 2023
Canada 2023 Submissions
The increase in work we have seen in Canada over the last year has also meant an increase in the participation of law firms in our research.
Increase in number of submissions received
Unique firms that provided at least 1 submission
Increase in number of unique firms to submit
Chambers Canada Guide 2023: Summary
During this time our researchers spent several months carefully analysing law firm submissions and conducting thousands of interviewees with client referees to ensure our knowledge and understanding of each submitting practice was extensive, allowing us to provide market-leading reviews and rankings.
For the 2023 Guide, we saw growth in practically every area of the guide:
Law Firm Departments ranked
Ranked Individual Lawyers
Practice areas - % increase in lawyers recognised
• 100% increase of lawyers ranked in Litigation: General Commercial - Manitoba
• 69% increase of lawyers ranked in Tax: Litigation
• 58% increase of lawyers ranked in Insurance: Dispute Resolution
• 55% increase of lawyers ranked in Real Estate – British Columbia
• 47% increase of lawyers ranked in Real Estate – Alberta
• 44% increase of lawyers ranked in Real Estate – Québec
*This data is correct as of 29th September 2022
Chambers Canada 2023 is the eighth release of the guide. Our skilled team of researchers conducted in-depth research between February 2022 and June 2022.
During this time our researchers spent several months carefully analysing law firm submissions and conducting thousands of interviewees with client referees to ensure our knowledge and understanding of each submitting practice was extensive, allowing us to provide irrefutable market-leading reviews and rankings that truly reflect ability and talent.
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