Blakes partners with LegalX to find a great idea for the practice of law in business settings
TORONTO – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) has announced a worldwide search for a solution to benefit the Firm’s clients by improving the practice of law in business settings.
The Global Legal Innovation Challenge will ask legal technology developers across the world to develop a solution that keeps businesses updated on relevant legislative and regulatory changes.
It was officially launched on Thursday at the Blakes Innovation Forum, an event held at MaRS in Toronto that focused on how technology and innovation are reshaping the business world.
“This is an exciting step forward for a Canadian law firm,” said Rob Granatstein, Managing Partner at Blakes. “We believe that reaching out to the best legal technology developers worldwide will result in a solution that delivers clarity from complexity and adds real value for our clients.”
Blakes will partner with LegalX, the legal technology cluster at MaRS, to deliver the Challenge. LegalX will assist with mentoring and introductions to their global network.
“We’re looking to find a solution that uses technology to deliver clear, comprehensive and timely reporting on important changes to laws, regulations and rules,” said Carla Swansburg, Director of Practice Innovation, Pricing & Knowledge Services at Blakes. “The end result could make a real difference to the practice of law.”
The Challenge will open for entries in January 2017.
To find out more, please visit the Global Legal Innovation Challenge page. If you would like to organize an interview with Carla Swansburg, please contact Mathieu Rompré or Hugh Christopher.


About Blakes
At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), we serve a diverse national and international client base, and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, London, Bahrain and Beijing, along with associated offices in Al-Khobar and Riyadh. Thanks to our clients, Blakes was ranked as having the leading law firm brand in Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Index 2016. This is the second time we have received this recognition. Blakes was also named Canada Law Firm of the Year for the eighth consecutive year in the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2016 and the top-ranked Canadian firm in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016. In 2015, we were named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time and selected as one of the most innovative law firms in the BTI Brand Elite.

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