2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory now online

The 2012 annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has just been published. Check out which lawyers across Canada have been identified as leading in their areas of practice.

Leading firms and practitioners are identified based on comprehensive survey work. Our research team contacts and surveys practitioners in all practice areas. Leading practitioners are asked whom they regard as the leading practitioners in their practice area in their city and province and then, to the extent they are able, who they regard as other leading practitioners in the field across Canada.

The quality of the results in our surveys is unmatched, due to our diligent work at getting input from a wide range of, and the best, experts in many areas of law. In 2011 our research team made 17,428 requests for completed questionnaires from lawyers, corporate counsel, and other professionals. It was not uncommon for a practitioner to be approached on two or more occasions about related practice areas such as banking and insolvency or asset securitization and corporate finance. As a result of these requests, 9,006 completed questionnaires were received providing us an overall national response rate from law firm practitioners of 80.6 per cent.

We attribute this success to one principal factor: The survey work does not proceed by way of a random, unsolicited mail-out of questionnaires. Rather, in each case, a member of our research team contacts the practitioner, explains the survey process and secures his or her agreement to complete the questionnaire. A questionnaire is then sent and, if not returned within a set date, follow-up calls are made. Personal interviews with the more senior members of the profession are often conducted in lieu of a completed questionnaire.

The survey identifies leading lawyers across Canada in 64 practice areas. It has become the resource of choice for Canadian corporate counsel and Canadian law firms as well as for US corporate counsel and law firms in need of Canadian legal expertise. We hope you find it to be an invaluable resource when deciding which lawyers and law firms to hire.

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