Edited by Carol Wilton. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1996.
This seventh volume in our Essays series, is a pioneering study of an important but neglected Canadian institution. It offers numerous cases studies of Canadian law firms as well as more general analyses. These essays highlight significant periods in the history of a variety of law firms. Some detail the experience of very large legal enterprises that have endured for a century or more. Others probe the significance of smaller and more transitory concerns. The volume is national in scope, including papers on every region of Canada. The introduction by Carol Wilton provides an overview of the subject since 1820 which emphasizes the distinctiveness of the Canadian pattern of law firm development.