We are pleased to announce that Partners John Tuzyk and Paul Belanger have been honoured with a three-star rating, the highest rating in Canada, in the inaugural Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers, a report of highly recommended lawyers nominated by clients worldwide. We also have the most lawyers of any Canadian firm who received this rating.

More than 3,000 senior in-house counsel participated in the collection of the Acritas Stars nominations, which were based on the following core attributes:

Expertise: Clients' go-to advisers on legal matters – their knowledge and quality of work are unparalleled.

Commercially Minded: Translate legal advice into practical and pragmatic solutions, and fully understand their clients’ businesses and industries, all of which shows in their approach.

Speed: Respond to requests quickly and deliver on deadlines.

Integrated: Are approachable and build strong, long-lasting relationships with their clients on the legal team and in the broader business.

In addition, 46 of our lawyers were nominated as “Star Lawyers” in the report. Blakes received a total of 68 nominations overall.

According to Lisa Hart Shepherd, founder and chief executive officer of Acritas Research, Ltd., “Star Lawyers find solutions, exercise judgement and are decisive – it is the combination of expertise and commerciality that their clients value most.”