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Chambers Canada Awards 2023

Discover this year’s award winners and the shortlisted legal talent.

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Chambers Canada Awards 2023

Discover this year’s award winners and the shortlisted legal talent.

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Chambers Canada 2024 e-Edition available to download.

Find the top Lawyer and Law Firms across Canada 2024 in our e-Edition, now available to download per chapter.

Chambers Canada 2024 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 2024

Welcome to the Chambers Canada Guide 2024. Search the legal market's top Canadian 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 law 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 2025 Submissions

Submissions for the Chambers Canada 2025 guide are open, you can view the full schedule here.  

Keep up to date with all of your relevant submission deadlines throughout the year and get personalised submission reminders in your calendar here

  

Chambers Guide 2024: Highlights

Chambers Canada Guide – Changes and Updates

For the 2024 Canada Guide, we took the decision to allow firms to provide an increased number of referees, 30 per section, up from the previous limit of 20. 

Due in part to the increased feedback levels we received as a result, we were able to ensure that our recognition of lawyers and law firms accurately reflects the state of each market by making changes where appropriate.

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17%
Proportion of ranked lawyers who changed bands in Canada Guide 2024

Due in no small part to the enhanced levels of feedback we received for the 2024 Canada Guide as a result, we were able to grow and enhance a number of key sections in the guide.  

  • New Band 6 category for lawyers recognised in Restructuring & Insolvency and Employment & Labour – Ontario
  • Law firm departments now recognised in the areas of Crime and Dispute Resolution: Arbitration 
  • Business & Human Rights Law – new numeric distinction between firms recognised in the table

Who are the best law firms in Canada?

Below you will find the top canadian law firms who have achieved 5 or more department rankings in the Chambers 2024 guide.

Gender Diversity in Canada 2024

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 2024 Canada Guide was a concerted attempt to make sure that the gender balance of lawyers interviewed was as close to 50/50 as 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, 43% of our call requests were with female lawyers, which ultimately resulted in 36% of eventual lawyer interviews being with female partners. 

Partly as a result of these efforts to speak to a range of individuals in the profession, 28% of the lawyers recognised in the 2024 Canada Guide are female, a 3% increase on last year's figures. 

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28%
Female lawyers' presence across the guide
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42%
Newly Ranked Lawyers that are female
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Practice areas - % increase by gender
• 25% increase of women lawyers in Business & Human Rights Law
• 16% increase of women lawyers in Litigation: Administrative & Public Law - Ontario
• 15% increase of women lawyers in Healthcare: Corporate/Commercial & Regulatory
• 14% increase of women lawyers in Litigation: General Commercial - Atlantic Canada
• 13% increase of women lawyers in Immigration

Associates to Watch and Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Canada 2024

Another focus of the Canada Guide for the 2024 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:

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153%
Increase in number of Associates to Watch rankings in the Canada Guide 2024
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44%
Increase in the number of Up-and-Coming rankings in the Canada Guide 2024

Canada 2024 Engagement

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.  

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1042
Submissions
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16%
Increase in number of submissions received
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95,000
Number of comments taken during interviews
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73%
Increase in comments received from clients and marker sources
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7000
Total interviews conducted

Chambers Canada Guide 2024: Summary

During this time our researchers spent several months carefully analysing law firm submissions and conducting thousands of interviews 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 2024 Guide, we saw growth in practically every area of the guide, with the number of ranked departments and ranked lawyers increasing by 8% and 11% respectively. 

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945
Law Firm Departments ranked
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2,944
Ranked Individual Lawyers
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Practice areas - % increase in lawyers recognised
• 300% increase of lawyers ranked in Business & Human Rights Law
• 67% increase of lawyers ranked in Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market - Ontario
• 63% increase of lawyers ranked in Crime
• 52% increase of lawyers ranked in Construction
• 47% increase of lawyers ranked in Startups & Emerging Companies
• 40% increase of lawyers ranked in Corporate/Commercial: Highly Regarded - Ontario

*This data is correct as of 28th September 2023  

Chambers Canada 2024 is the ninth release of the guide. Our skilled team of researchers conducted in-depth research between February 2023 and June 2023. 

During this time our researchers spent several months carefully analysing law firm submissions and conducting thousands of interviews 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.  

Chambers Canada Guide 2025 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 most recent Chambers Canada 2024 Guide saw a vast increase of 12% in the number of firms submitting for recognition. 

The submissions deadlines for the upcoming Chambers Canada 2025 Guide will be announced shortly, but will likely fall across two windows, at the end of January and March. 
 
In the meantime, you can access submission templates and learn more about the process here.  

Keep up to date with all of your relevant submission deadlines throughout the year and get personalised submission reminders in your calendar here.

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Chambers Canada 2023 Guide
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Meet the Chambers Legal Research Team

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Head of Canada Research
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North America Research Director
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About our Legal Rankings

The Chambers Methodology involves our Research Analysts collecting information about submitting firms to learn more about their practice, services and previous work to allow our rankings and analysis to reflect the strengths of the top law firms across Canada.  

To learn more about how we research the market and rank firms and lawyers, please visit our methodology page.  

 

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