Award Categories


Deals & Cases

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Capital Markets Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist for Canadian Deal of the Year.

  • Any deals that were nominated for the Lexpert Top 10 Deals 2019 report will be automatically considered for the appropriate awards category at the Canadian Law Awards 2020 and so firms do not need to re-nominate them here.

 

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Infrastructure & Projects Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist for Canadian Deal of the Year.

  • Any deals that were nominated for the Lexpert Top 10 Deals 2019 report will be automatically considered for the appropriate awards category at the Canadian Law Awards 2020 and so firms do not need to re-nominate them here.

 

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Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist for Canadian Deal of the Year.

  • Any deals that were nominated for the Lexpert Top 10 Deals 2019 report will be automatically considered for the appropriate awards category at the Canadian Law Awards 2020 and so firms do not need to re-nominate them here.

 

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M&A Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist for Canadian Deal of the Year.

  • Any deals that were nominated for the Lexpert Top 10 Deals 2019 report will be automatically considered for the appropriate awards category at the Canadian Law Awards 2020 and so firms do not need to re-nominate them here.

 

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Private Equity Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist for Canadian Deal of the Year.

  • Any deals that were nominated for the Lexpert Top 10 Deals 2019 report will be automatically considered for the appropriate awards category at the Canadian Law Awards 2020 and so firms do not need to re-nominate them here.

 

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Cross Border Deal of the Year

 

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

 

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Canadian Deal of the Year

 

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

 

Note:

  • Winners of the six sector-specific deals awards will automatically progress to become finalists for this category; thus, only deals that do not fall within the six sector-specific categories need be nominated.

 

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Class Action Team of the Year

 

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.

 

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Commercial Litigation Team of the Year

 

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.

 

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Firms

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IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Canadian Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

Note:

  • Winners of the two sector-specific boutique firm awards will automatically progress to become finalists for this category; thus, only boutique firms that do not fall within those two sector-specific categories need be nominated.

 

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Best Use of Technology in a Law Firm

 

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.

 

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Atlantic Canada Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Ontario Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Prairies Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Quebec Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Western Canada Law Firm of the Year

 

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.

 

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Litigator of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based litigators

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of litigation work performed during calendar year 2019.

 

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Managing Partner of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all managing partners, CEOs or similar of Canada-based law firms.

  • Judged on achievements, leadership and performance through 2019.

 

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In-House

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Banking & Financial Institutions Law Department of the Year

 

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.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

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Construction, Infrastructure & Transportation Law Department of the Year

 

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.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

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Energy & Resources Law Department of the Year

 

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.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

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Canadian Law Department of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2019.

 

Note:

  • Winners of the four sector-specific law department awards will automatically progress to become finalists for this category; thus, only law departments that do not fall within those four sector-specific categories need be nominated.

 

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Law Department Leader of the Year

 

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.

 

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The Fasken Award for Law Department Innovation

 

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.

 

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Legal Profession

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Pro Bono Initiative of the Year

 

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.

 

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The Bereskin & Parr Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year

 

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.

 

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The Gowling WLG Award for Woman of the Year

 

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.

 

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