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McCarthy Tétrault LLP
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HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date founded1855

McCarthy Tétrault LLP is a leading Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, London (UK), as well as New York City.[1]

It has the second strongest law firm brand in Canada according to the 2018 Acritas survey.[2][3][4]

The firm represents Canadian and international clients, including major public institutions, financial services organizations, mining companies, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other corporations.

McCarthy Tétrault’s London office specializes in assisting clients with their transatlantic transactions, and is staffed with both English and Canadian-qualified lawyers.[5] A charter member of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce,[6] it provides services in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


McCarthy Tétrault was created through the merger of several firms: McCarthy & McCarthy of Toronto, Clarkson Tétrault of Montreal, Shrum Liddle & Hebenton of Vancouver, and Black & Company of Calgary.[7] This merger was initially denied by the Law Society of Alberta, which enacted rules designed to stop it. The rules prohibited members from entering into a partnership with anyone who was not a resident of Alberta, and prohibited members from being partners of more than one firm. This rule was challenged as being contrary to the mobility rights protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the resulting court case, Black v. Law Society of Alberta,[8] the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the rules. The subsequent merger made McCarthy Tétrault Canada's first national law firm.[9]

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  1. ^ "Offices".
  2. ^ "The Global 100 Grew by Leaps and Bounds in 2018".
  3. ^ "Canadian Firms Still Favored in Canada but Global Firms Gain Ground".
  4. ^ "Canada Brand Indexes 2018".
  5. ^ "People | McCarthy Tétrault". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  6. ^ "London, UK | McCarthy Tétrault". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  7. ^ "Introduction to McCarthy Tetrault" (PDF). Christoper Moore. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Black v. Law Society of Alberta". The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights. Retrieved 6 September 2016.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Law Firm Rankings and Analysis". LMG Life Sciences. Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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