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March 2022

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16 www.canadianlawyermag.com TOP LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT BOUTIQUES Canadian Lawyer asked lawyers, in-house counsel and clients from across Canada to vote for the top labour and employment boutiques. In the survey from November 1 to 26, 2021, respondents were asked to rank the top firms from a long list. They also had a chance to nominate a firm that was not on the list. Firms were required to have at least 80 per cent of their business in L&E law. A points system was used to determine the winners. The quantitative results were combined with feedback from respected senior members of the bar, in-house counsel and the results of the Lexpert peer survey where applicable. COVID-19 HAS brought unprecedented change to the entire legal sector, but perhaps the practice area most affected is labour and employment law. While many of these changes had been percolating over the last several years, the pandemic caused an eruption of issues surrounding the nature of work. This year's top labour and employment boutiques rose to CHALLENGES IN LABOUR LAW PRACTICE the challenge, handling vastly increasing work- loads and keeping their clients up to date. Lisa Bolton, with Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto, says that "the pace of change is unlike anything we've seen before, which makes it particularly challenging, but also satisfying, to stay on top of everything and help our clients operate their businesses." WORK FROM HOME VS. BACK TO THE OFFICE METHODOLOGY Source: Angus Reid poll of 2040 randomized Canadians, August 2021 What would you do if your employer demanded you return full time? Roll with it and return full time 39% 25% 19% 17% Likely quit/look for another job right away Go back to the office full time, but may start looking for a new job Not sure SPECIAL REPORT 20 winning law firms in three categories 6th Top Labour & Employment Boutiques report 600+ survey votes received by Canadian Lawyer

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