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Blakes Top Law Firm Brand in Canada

April 4, 2016

TORONTO (April 4, 2016) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, is pleased to announce that ​Blakes has once again been ranked in Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Index as having the leading law firm brand in the country. This is the second time the Firm ranked in first position in Acritas’ index, having already landed the top place in 2014.

"When clients tell us why they favour Blakes, the message is clear and centers on excellent relationship management, responding to clients’ value needs and understanding the client’s business," said Elizabeth Duffy, Vice President of Acritas. "In other words, Blakes demonstrates a truly client-centric experience."

Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Index is an independent, client-driven index that measures law firm brands most favoured by top companies in Canada and internationally. The results stem directly from client feedback based on data collected from 250 senior legal buyers across Canada’s largest organizations. In addition to working with Canadian respondents, Acritas asked general counsel from international organizations outside Canada with legal needs in the country which firms they were most likely to use in Canada.

"We are proud to be recognized as the leading brand for the second time in three years," said Brock Gibson, Chair of Blakes. "We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible advice, service and value, and we are delighted that this commitment resonates with both our clients and the business community as a whole."

About Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Index 2016

The 2016 Acritas Canadian Law Firm Brand Index​ was compiled from the unprompted responses of 250 senior general counsel in Canadian organizations with revenues over US$50-million who were asked about their awareness of and favourability towards law firms, their consideration of firms for top-level litigation and major M&A, as well as their use of firms for high-value and inbound work. A further 115 “elite” (US$1-billion-plus revenue organizations) senior in-house counsel outside Canada were asked which firms they used for their legal needs in Canada. All sample for interviews was generated from Acritas’ own database of in-house lawyer contacts and was not influenced by law firms.

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, New York and London. In 2015, Blakes was named Canada Law Firm of the Year in the Who's Who Legal Awards for the seventh consecutive year, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time, and one of the most innovative law firms in the BTI Brand Elite. In the 2016 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, we were once again the top-ranked Canadian firm.

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