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Recognizing the legal professionals and companies across Asia-Pacific and North America who have excelled and raised the bar
All throughout 2023, Key Media’s 30-strong Intelligence Unit researched and produced a series of Special Reports, each showcasing the top-performing legal professionals and companies across a number of important professional categories.
All of our 172 published reports over the past 12 months have already attracted 2.4 million online pageviews, as we’ve crowned 5,044 deserving winners globally.
In the process, 60,000 readers across Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have been sent our surveys. The culmination of all that extensive reporting is our annual Best in Law digital edition.
The Best in Law recognizes the legal award winners from 2023’s Special Reports and features a combined 594 individuals and companies from the sector.
This prestigious list provides a definitive annual collection of those who have delivered outstanding results, introduced new initiatives, refined existing working practices, and also acted as a source of inspiration to colleagues.
Robert Kreklewetz, partner of winning Canadian firm Millar Kreklewetz LLP says, “Being recognized by the Best in Law is a great honour for our law firm. My partner Jack (Millar) and I have worked together for almost 35 years building our boutique practice, helping clients around the world with Canadian tax and trade issues — competing with all of the “big law” and “big accounting” players in this field. With our other partner John (Bassindale) now logging in 15 years with the firm, I think we are well-positioned for many more years to come. Being recognized by the Best in Law really affirms this for me.”
Australian firm Kerrs director Tean Kerr adds, “We are delighted to be a Fast Firm winner and humbled at being recognized for our success since our commencement only two years ago and now through to 2023. We strive to always be a law firm that clients want to work with and our team wants to work at. Our leadership team makes every decision for our firm with this in mind. Thank you for recognising our small but growing team as a Fast Firm in 2023.”
This annual guide was curated and published by Canadian Lawyer, Australasian Lawyer, Lexpert, Canadian Law List, Law Times and NZ Lawyer.
We also thank all the following bodies for their help with our reports:
International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)
Pro Bono Ontario
Society of Construction Law New Zealand
The Federation of Ontario Law Associations
Below is the Best in Law. We hope you enjoy discovering those who we believe are shining brightest and building a better future for the legal profession.
5-Star Employers of Choice
5-Star Pro Bono Firms
Most Influential Lawyers
Service Provider Awards
Top Boutique Firms
Top Regional Firms
How we choose the best
Each year, our research team sends out thousands of surveys to the legal industry, that it then follows up with phone interviews to find out just who the industry thinks is worthy of recognition. Shortlisted finalists are then put in front of our judging panel to help make a final decision on who to include in the list of award winners.
2,357,286 Pageviews of the 'Best In' page
216 Surveys we sent out globally in 2023
172 Special Reports we produced globally in 2023
International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF)
Boutique specialty and independent multi-practice firms deliver highly personalized services to individual, business, and institutional clients, but finding the right law firm at the right place and time can be a formidable challenge. The International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF) offers an effective solution to this challenge.
INBLF is a seamless network of highly credentialed law firms across the United States, Canada, and around the globe, built to ensure that top-flight legal services are available to clients of INBLF member firms wherever the need arises. Clients enjoy the advantages of direct access to leading attorneys in INBLF member firms. Our boutique firms have deep experience in their selected areas of practice, while our independent firms are steeped in the legal traditions and cultures of their home countries. With more than 300 local, national and international firms in national capitals and key business centers, INBLF provides clients with convenient access to the knowledge and experience of exceptionally credentialed firms and attorneys in virtually every practice area.
“INBLF’s objective has always been to build a network of esteemed attorneys with a global reach, which is why our team is excited to partner with Canadian Lawyer magazine. We know Canadian Lawyer values their attorneys as much as we do, and we are thrilled to join forces with a such a reputable publication,” says a spokesperson.
Pro Bono Ontario
Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) is an access-to-justice charity founded in 2001. PBO’s mission is to harness the skills and commitment of volunteer lawyers to address low-income Ontarians’ unmet civil law problems to help them lead secure, healthy, and productive lives. PBO delivers on this mission by developing and directly managing pro bono programs that enable lawyers to provide high-quality legal services to those who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for government-funded legal assistance. Since its creation, PBO has provided direct legal services to 300,000 clients who had nowhere else to turn for their everyday legal problems.
Society of Construction Law New Zealand Incorporated (SCL)
The Society of Construction Law New Zealand Incorporated (SCL) was formed in 2005 to promote research and education in the field of construction law and a means by which people from throughout the industry could come together to discuss issues relating to construction law. Being an interest group and not a professional institute, the SCL has a range of members from all sectors of the construction industry, including lawyers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, project managers, insurers, and academics.