Bennett Jones

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Bennett Jones LLP
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Headquarters Calgary and Toronto
No. of offices 10
No. of attorneys 360
No. of employees 550
Major practice areas Energy & Natural Resources, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Climate Change & Emissions Trading, Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Taxation, Major Infrastructure Projects
Date founded 1922 (Calgary)
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website www.bennettjones.com

Bennett Jones LLP is an international law firm based in Canada.

Firm[edit]

The firm has five offices in Canada (Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver), one in Qatar (Doha), one in the United States (Washington, DC) (practising Canadian law only), and one in Bermuda, with a representative office in China (Beijing).

It has more than 900 lawyers and staff, including a former deputy prime minister of Canada, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and two former Canadian ambassadors to the United States of America.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • R. B. Bennett – Founding partner and former Prime Minister of Canada (1930–35) [1]
  • David A. Dodge – Senior Advisor and former Governor of the Bank of Canada (2001–08) [2]
  • Allan Gotlieb, CC – Senior Advisor and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America (1981–89)[3]
  • Michael Kergin – Senior Advisor and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America (2000–05) [4]
  • John C. Major ("Jack") – Counsel and former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1992–2005)[5][6]
  • Anne McLellan, PC, OC – Counsel, former Member of Parliament (1993–2006) and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (2003–06)[7]
  • Henry Grattan Nolan, MC - Former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1956–57)[8]
  • Sheridan Scott – Partner and former Canadian Commissioner of Competition (2004–09)[9]

History[edit]

Bennett Jones was founded in Calgary in 1922 with the dissolution of a 25-year partnership between R.B. Bennett and Sir James Alexander Lougheed (Lougheed, Bennett & Company) and the creation of the new partnership Bennett, Hannah & Sanford.[1]

  • 2010 – Bennett Jones opens a representative office in Beijing [10] and the first law office of Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP in Dubai, making the firm the first Canadian law firm licensed to practice in the UAE[11]
  • 2011 – Bennett Jones opens an office in Abu Dhabi, its second office in the UAE[12]
  • 2012 – Bennett Jones opens an office Doha, Qatar, its third office in the Middle East[13]
  • 2013 - Bennett Jones closes Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices.
  • 2014 - Bennett Jones opens first office in the USA, in Washington, DC, exclusively practising "Canadian law with a focus on competition and antitrust, and issues confronting US and international businesses in Canada".[14]
  • 2014 - Bennett Jones opens offices in Vancouver[15] and Bermuda

Significant cases[edit]

Sino-Forest v Muddy Waters, Carson Brock et al.[edit]

In 2012, Bennett Jones represented Sino-Forest Corporation in its lawsuit against Muddy Waters Research in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Sino-Forest claimed $4 billion in damages. The Statement of Claim accused Muddy Waters of publishing a research report that was "defamatory" and included allegations "made with a reckless regard for the truth." [16] [17] However, on January 10, 2012, Sino-Forest announced that its historic financial statements and related audit reports should not be relied upon. [18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Batten, Jack (1997). A History of Bennett Jones Verchere. Bennett Jones Verchere. ISBN 0-9682994-0-7.
  2. ^ "David Dodge Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Allan Gotlieb Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Michael Kergin Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jack Major Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Supreme Court of Canada Profile for John C. Major". Supreme Court of Canada. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Anne McLellan Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Supreme Court of Canada Profile for Henry G. Nolan". Supreme Court of Canada. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sheridan Scott Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bennett Jones heads to China". The Globe and Mail. 
  11. ^ Samia Badih, Staff Reporter. "First Canadian law firm opens in Financial Centre". 
  12. ^ "Bennett Jones to open in Abu Dhabi". The Globe and Mail. 
  13. ^ Julius Melnitzer (1 March 2012). "Bennett Jones opens third Gulf office". Financial Post. 
  14. ^ "Bennett Jones in Washington (Announced in 2013. Regulatory approvals complete in 2014.)". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bennett Jones Opens New Office in Vancouver, British Columbia". 
  16. ^ David Benoit (2012-03-30). "Sino-Forest Sues Muddy Waters for $4 Billion". Wall Street Journal. 
  17. ^ "Statement of Claim - Sino-Forest v Muddy Waters" (PDF). Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Settlement Agreement between Staff and David Horsley". www.osc.gov.on.ca. paragraph 12: Ontario Securities Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Saucier, J.J. (1982). The Bennett Firm: Revisited. Bennett Jones.
  • Batten, Jack (1997). A History of Bennett Jones Verchere. Bennett Jones Verchere. ISBN 0-9682994-0-7.

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