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Chambers & Partners Highly Ranks Patterson Law for 2019


Patterson Law is pleased to announce that the firm, and three of its partners, have been recognized among Atlantic Canada’s leading lawyers in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada. Two lawyers from the firm’s Corporate/Commercial group, George White and Kate Harris, are recognized, along with Dennis James of Patterson Law’s Commercial Litigation group.

In addition to its individual Chambers Canada honors, the guide, which is widely recognized as producing the nation’s most authoritative and thoroughly-researched legal industry rankings, named Patterson Law’s Corporate/Commercial Group as one of Atlantic Canada’s best. Chambers Canada noted that Patterson Law is known for being a "highly regarded Nova Scotia firm offering extensive experience in banking and finance, M&A, securities, corporate governance and insolvency. Further areas of expertise include commercial and residential real estate development, taxation matters for both corporations and individuals, and trusts and succession planning.” It was also recognized as being able to provide “businesses with support in commercial litigation matters.” Identifying the firm’s strengths, Chambers noted the firm’s "expanding footprint in Halifax" and highlighted the team's "impressive skill set and quality."

Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with Band 1 being the best. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. This year our Corporate/Commercial group increased their ranking from Band 3 to Band 2, sharing that ranking with much larger regional firm Cox & Palmer, and Newfoundland/Labrador firm Benson Buffett. Only large regional firms McInnes Cooper and Stewart McKelvey ranked higher.

Chambers Commentary on individually ranked lawyers (based on the Chambers research)

George White (Band 2) has extensive experience representing businesses across a range of commercial areas, including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Market sources consider him to be "pre-eminent, particularly in the agricultural industries in Nova Scotia."

Kate Harris (Band 1) is singled out by market sources as a "highly skilled and sought-after lawyer" in the corporate commercial sphere. She is a recognised specialist in tax law, regularly handling corporate restructuring, estate planning and the establishment of non-profit organisations.

Dennis James (Band 1) of Patterson Law is a highly accomplished advocate in the field, having argued cases at all levels of court in Nova Scotia and before regulatory bodies. In addition to his commercial practice, he has significant experience in municipal, employment, Aboriginal and health law. Market sources single him out as "well regarded in commercial and insurance litigation."

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Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. Their rankings are based on the research of more than 170 full-time editors and researchers employed at their head office in London.


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