Gowling WLG

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Gowling WLG
Gowling WLG logo.png
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada[1]
No. of offices19
No. of lawyers+1,500 [2]
Key people
  • David Fennell (chief executive)
  • Steve McKersie (CEO)
Date foundedGowling WLG merger (2016)
Gowling (1877)
WLG (1834)
Company typeCompany limited by guarantee; separate limited liability partnerships in Canada and UK

Gowling WLG is a multinational law firm formed by the combination of Canada-based Gowlings and UK-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in February 2016, in the first multinational law firm combination co-led by a Canadian firm.[2] Gowling WLG ranks at number 16 in The Lawyer UK 200 2019. On the list of largest law firms by revenue, Gowling WLG ranked as the highest revenue producing firm in Canada and 74th in the world (US$587,140,000) in 2017.[3][4]


Gowling WLG International Limited is an English company limited by guarantee, in which the two limited liability partnerships of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP are members. Legal services are provided by the two partnerships, which are financially separate.[5] The structure is similar to the Swiss Verein structure used by several other major international law firms.[6]

The firm co-sponsored the 10th Annual International Conference on Medical Regulation, which took place at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ontario, Canada in October 2012.[7]

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP acted as Official Legal Advisers and an Official Sponsor of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as Team England.


The firm has 19 offices in Canada, the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, and China.[8]

Notable professionals and alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ Seal, Ben (September 24, 2018). "The 2018 Global 100 Ranked by Revenue". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  4. ^ Seal, Ben (October 22, 2018). "The Global 200, Ranked by Revenue". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  5. ^ "About the structure of Gowling WLG". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  6. ^ Mackrael, Kim (8 July 2015). "Gowlings Law Firm to Combine With U.K.'s Wragge Lawrence Graham". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  7. ^ "10th International Conference on Medical Regulation - Sponsors". BUKSA Strategic Conference Services. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  9. ^ Brockington, Leonard (1954). "St. George and Merrie England". The Empire Club of Canada Speeches 1953-1954. The Empire Club Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  10. ^ "CBA Past Presidents". Canadian Bar Association. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  11. ^ "Past Chancellors of the University". Administration & Governance. University of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  12. ^ McNish, Jacquie (2007-06-05). "McMurtry's pro bono crusade". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-06-08.
  13. ^ "Hnatyshyn named Chancellor". Carleton University. 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  14. ^ Horgan, Mary Ann; Sine MacKinnon (1997-05-30). "Justice deCarteret Cory, Ian Scott, and Mel Lastman to receive honorary degrees from York University". Media Release Archive. York University. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
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  16. ^ Bernstein, Hannah (2004-08-17). "Martin Cauchon receives CBA SOGIC Ally Award". Canadian Bar Association. cba.org. Archived from the original on 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  17. ^ http://www.international.gc.ca/ministers-ministres/Lawrence_Cannon.aspx?view=d[dead link]
  18. ^ Gray, Jeff (2011-10-04)"Lawrence Cannon Lands at Gowlings" globeandmail.com Retrieved 2011-11-14
  19. ^ Ontario Courts website
  20. ^ "The Hon Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport". Canada–UK Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 26 August 2020.

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