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Innovation at Blakes

Innovation — It’s Nothing New
Innovation — It’s Nothing New

Blakes has been reinventing the delivery of legal services to drive value and deliver results for clients for over 165 years.

Tailored Client Experience

No two clients experience Blakes exactly the same way. Every business is different, and each deserves an approach crafted to its unique legal needs. We’re in client relationships for the long term, so even when your risk tolerances and goals change, we will still be at your side, working to deliver the ideal solution to meet your business goals.

Cloud-based Collaboration and Information Sharing

Our leading-edge project management, file-sharing and collaboration portals are making the way we work with clients more seamless. The intuitive, highly secure platforms allow clients to follow progress in granular detail, giving you visibility of your matter at any time, from any place.

Flexible, Data-Driven Pricing

We are just as committed to delivering value as our clients are eager to receiving it. By combining insights from our library of past transactions with data from across the industry, our dedicated Pricing team takes the guesswork out of fees. They provide informed and accurate estimates ― as well as creative alternative fee arrangements, where appropriate — that deliver for your business.

Transparent Billing Reports

Transparency is a prerequisite of effective collaboration between clients and their counsel. At Blakes, we’re candid about our processes and give clients a detailed view of progress and billing on their files via on-demand dashboards and customized spend reports.
 

Exceptional Business Knowledge

Whatever your industry, your business is our passion. Our reputation is built on the relentless desire of our lawyers to understand their clients and the sectors in which they operate. Our ability to collaborate and deliver solutions across disciplines and geographies helps explain why we are consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top law firms.

In-House Alternate Service Delivery

Staffed by Blakes lawyers and powered by leading-edge technology, inSource brings top-level talent to high-volume legal work. A fully integrated, in-house alternative-service-delivery team, inSource has been pushing the boundaries of innovation and efficiency for over a decade, providing outstanding value to clients to the Firm’s high standards.

Top Legal Talent

Clients with interim legal-staffing needs can turn to Blakes for help. Through contract lawyers and temporary secondments, we offer flexible, legal solutions tailored to clients. We do this by drawing on our rosters of lawyers and our alumni network.

Value-Driven Legal-Ops Partnerships

As trusted advisers to clients, our commitment to value goes deeper than the efficient and cost-effective delivery of our own legal services. Blakes professionals are also on hand to help in-house legal departments deliver more on a lasting basis, leveraging our expertise in strategic planning, project management and process improvement.
 

Innovation at Work
How Creative Thinking and Innovative Use of Technology Help Blakes Mitigate the Impact of Data Breaches for Our Clients
Leading-Edge Technology

To maximize value for clients, top legal minds need the tools to match their talent. Our commitment to leveraging the very latest legal technology ― from cloud-based solutions to machine learning and artificial intelligence ― ensures that our lawyers are empowered in their quest to help your business grow today and into the future.

Nitro: Canada’s Premiere Program for Start-Ups

In our long history, Blakes has borne witness to countless start-up success stories. Nitro, powered by Blakes, ensures we’ll be there for the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs, connecting tech companies with the top-tier legal advice they need to navigate their critical early stages, through financings and beyond, to fulfill their potential.

Unparalleled Legal Expertise

Having the sharpest and most experienced legal minds in the country is not the only reason that Blakes has been ranked the #1 law firm brand in Canada for several years running. Our practitioners set themselves apart with an openness to change, creativity and the ability to consistently deliver uncompromising, innovative legal solutions that deliver results for our clients.

Canada’s Best Diversity Employer

A diverse workforce is fertile ground for innovation. When our commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing candidates from a variety of backgrounds was recognized on the 2022 list of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, it marked our record 12th appearance. We are proud to collaborate with our clients and others in the legal profession and business community to lead initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion. Learn more

Community Outreach & Pro Bono

Our people are empowered to make a difference not just to their clients, but also to the communities where we live and work. As home to one of Canada’s largest community outreach programs, Blakes led the way in recognizing time spent on pro bono work as equivalent to billable hours, encouraging our lawyers to devote their time to support hundreds of charitable organizations.

Repositioning to Meet Market Needs

Technological developments are driving a legal services revolution in Canada and around the world. At Blakes, we’re excited by the constantly changing environment, embracing new opportunities, and looking for fresh ways to deliver more value to our clients.

Blakes Mindset: Fostering the Mental Health of Our People

In 2021, Blakes became the first Canadian-based law firm to sign the Mindful Business Charter (MBC), whose signatories include leading law firms, financial institutions and businesses around the world. We set out to incorporate the principles of the MBC into our Firm by introducing Blakes Mindset, an ongoing initiative to reduce avoidable stress and promote mental health and well-being at Blakes. The core principles of the MBC — openness and respect, smart meetings and communication, respect for rest periods and mindful delegation — guide our practical Blakes Mindset initiative. Learn more

Key Contacts

Anne Glover
Partner
Robin Porter
Head, Practice Innovation and Change Management