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Canadian Law Awards 2020


The inaugural Canadian Law Awards will recognize the nation’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals and landmark deals over the past year. It’s a true reflection of excellence in the legal profession.

Hosted at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on October 6, 2020, this gala event will welcome hundreds of attendees for the live reveal of winners and an evening of celebration and networking.

Local and international law firms, lawyers and in-house legal teams are encouraged to nominate across 30 award categories that will be reviewed by an esteemed independent judging panel.

The 2020 Canadian Law Awards is proudly presented by Lexpert and supported by Canadian Lawyer and InHouse.

Nomination closes on 6 October 2020


Criteria

  • Open to firms that have offices only in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and/or Newfoundland, and offer a wide range of legal services.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in banking or financial institutions (including banks, credit unions, lenders, insurance companies, pension funds and brokerage firms).
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms.
  • Judged on the extent to which firms have pushed through technological innovation and implemented fresh approaches in creating and delivering legal products, including utilizing technology and new business models, through 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms that derived at least 50% of their 2019 revenue from a single practice area.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all deals that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all capital markets deals that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all class action cases rendered or settled in Canada's courts in 2019 that involved upwards of 30 parties
  • Judged on the case's significance and the extent to which it set new standards of excellence in the delivery of legal services.

Criteria

  • Open to all commercial cases rendered or settled in Canada's courts in 2019, excluding class actions
  • Judged on the case's significance and the extent to which it set new standards of excellence in the delivery of legal services.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in construction, infrastructure or transportation organizations.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all deals that reached completion within 2019 having a substantial cross-border component. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms and law departments.
  • Judged on the concrete steps the law firm or law department took during 2019 to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in energy and resources (including mining) organizations.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all infrastructure and projects deals that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all insolvency and restructuring deals that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms that derived at least 50% of their 2019 revenue from IP matters.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all projects or initiatives executed by Canada-based law departments in 2019.
  • Judged on the significance, innovativeness and impact of the project or initiative.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based general counsels, chief legal officers, heads of legal, etc., in in-house positions.
  • Judged on transactions and other initiatives spearheaded and leadership qualities demonstrated through 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms that derived at least 50% of their 2019 revenue from litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based litigators
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of litigation work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all M&A deals, excluding those that fall within the private equity sector, that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to all managing partners, CEOs or similar of Canada-based law firms.
  • Judged on achievements, leadership and performance through 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to firms that have offices only in Ontario, and offer a wide range of legal services.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to firms that have offices only in Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba, and offer a wide range of legal services.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all private equity deals that reached completion within 2019 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals in each category.
  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

Criteria

  • Open to any single pro bono or not-for-profit initiative executed by a Canada-based law firm or law department in 2019.
  • Judged on the impact of the initiative and its contribution to society and the community.

Criteria

  • Open to firms that have offices only in the province of Quebec (extending across the river to include Ottawa), and offer a wide range of legal services.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to firms that have offices only in British Columbia and/or Alberta, and offer a wide range of legal services.
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

Criteria

  • Open to all Canada-based women lawyers.
  • Judged on professional accomplishments, leadership, community involvement, and the extent to which the individual has either passively or actively contributed to gender equality in the legal profession in 2019.