by C. Ian Kyer, Lawyer and Historian, published with Irwin Law, 2013.
Ian Kyer holds a Ph.D. in history and was for many years a partner at Fasken Martineau. He has combined his historical and legal expertise to produce a comprehensive account of the first century of Faskens. He takes us through crucial stages in the development of not just this but many other Canadian law firms – alliances with business, the growth of two or three man partnerships into considerably larger firms, and the links between leading firms and politics. Along the way we see how law practice changed, how remuneration was divided up, how strong leaders stamped their individual personalities on the collective identity of the firm. This is a major contribution to our understanding of the seismic changes in Canadian law practice.