Canada: Death of a Legal Icon, Dawn of Change?
Legal Ethics, Vol 17, No. 1, June 2014, pp. 135-137
5 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2014 Last revised: 2 Jan 2017
Date Written: June 1, 2014
This comment reviews the demise of the iconic Canadian Heenan Blaikie which shut its doors in February 2014 after a storied 40 year history. It was one of Canada's leading national law firms and the first one ever to fail. Founded in 1973 in Montreal, Heenan Blaikie quickly established itself as one of the top law firms in Canada and was home to former Prime Ministers, a former Quebec Premier and retired judges of the highest courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. This comment reviews some of the many explanations and speculations for the firm's demise and asks what Heenan's failure means for the future of the Canadian legal profession.
Keywords: Legal profession, Law firms, Canada
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