Canada more litigious than commonly thought
TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Canada is more litigious than most believe,
according to a study commissioned by leading Canadian law firm Fasken
Martineau. Over 40% of respondent companies indicated they were involved in
some form of litigation over the prior year.
The 2008 Litigation Trends in Canada Study, conducted by Pollara
Strategic Insights, was commissioned by Fasken Martineau and surveyed 300
in-house counsel across Canada from companies with 50 or more employees.
Amongst other key findings in the study:
- Labour and employment issues rank the highest in the type of dispute
that most concerns Canadian companies according to the Fasken
Martineau study. Contracts, personal injury and product liability
rank second, third, and fourth, respectively.
- Geographic location has an impact on the quantity of litigation.
Companies in Ontario have filed the largest number of suits while
those in Québec have the fewest. Similarly, companies in Ontario and
in the western provinces have seen the greatest number of disputes
launched against them in contrast to Québec and the Atlantic
- Publicly-held companies are twice as likely as private companies to
cite labour/employment issues as the legal dispute which most concern
- 70% of the in-house counsel surveyed have employed at least one
outside law firm for a legal dispute in the last 12 months.
"This landmark study, conducted by Fasken Martineau, provides us with a
benchmark for future surveys with in-house counsel", said Geoff Cowper, a
partner at Fasken Martineau and head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution
"The fact that nine-in-ten in-house counsel feel that outside firms
provide the best expertise, are results oriented and understand their
company's business is a great testament to the value, quality and skill that
firms, such as Fasken Martineau, can bring to the table," added Geoff Cowper.
Copies of the 2008 Litigation Trends in Canada Study can be found online
Fasken Martineau, which ranks among the four largest law firms in Canada
(LEXPERT's 2007 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada), is a leading
Canadian business and litigation law firm. With over 650 lawyers, the firm has
offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, as
well as London and Johannesburg. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is a limited
liability partnership under the laws of Ontario, and is registered as such for
the purposes of its professional activities in Québec.
For further information:
For further information: Stephen Hastings, Director of Communications,
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Tele: (416) 865-4370, office (416) 648-4076,