Vancouver's largest law firm Fasken Martineau moves into premier Bentall 5 space this weekend



    Largest Vancouver premises move this century will shift 340 people to
    heart of city's downtown business district

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - After more than two years of planning,
thousands of hours of preparation and well in excess of 200,000 pages of
information digitized, Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office embarks on the
largest office move our city has seen in the 21st century.
    "Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office move is truly a momentous
undertaking and we have planned a seamless transition with a goal of having no
impact on our clients or the excellent service we provide them," said Will
Westeringh, Managing Partner.
    "We are all very excited about elevating our client service to an even
higher level with this move, which is also an affirmation of our commitment to
doing business in Vancouver's downtown," said Mr. Westeringh. "We believe this
move will allow us to adopt a flexible and egalitarian office layout, use
space more effectively and invest in updated information technology to improve
efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint."

    
    Who: 340 people (including 140 lawyers) at Fasken Martineau's Vancouver
    office.

    What & Where: After nearly four decades at 2100-1075 West Georgia Street,
    Fasken Martineau's Vancouver office is moving to a new 86,000 sq. ft
    space at 550 Burrard Street, Bentall 5 with office capacity for up to 153
    lawyers.

    When: The move began the weekend of November 24-25 and will be completed
    the weekend of December 1-2.

    How: To prepare for the move, in one area alone:

      - 90 shelves worth of materials were digitized, including 191,262 pages
        of information.
      - 44 high speed printers capable of double-sided printing will be
        purchased to reduce the amount of paper consumed in the new office.
        Furthermore, scanning will be widely available at the new office to
        allow materials to be electronically stored for easier searches and
        to minimize paper use.
      - 160 old CRT monitors will be replaced by LCD monitors that consume
        less power and generate less heat thereby creating a smaller
        environmental footprint.
    

    118 years of Vancouver history

    Staff have unearthed hidden treasures that pay tribute to Fasken
Martineau's heritage, such as a large Inuit wood carving of a duck with a fish
in its mouth that was once bartered in exchange for legal services and a
manual payroll register dating back to the 1940s.
    The firm was known as "Russell & DuMoulin" when it first moved to the
West Georgia Street location. To pay tribute to the office at 2100-1075 West
Georgia Street, all Vancouver lawyers, staff and alumni have been invited to
"DuMoulition" on November 28, a private event that will allow participants to
bid farewell by picking up a paint brush and leaving their mark on designated
areas on the 19th floor.
    Fasken Martineau has previously been based at different locations
throughout the city since 1889, including:

    
        - 1969 MacMillan Bloedel Building
        - 1913 Credit Foncier Building
        - 1912 Metropolitan Building
        - 1896 Northern Crown Building
        - 1893 Bank of British North America Building
        - 1889 Cordova Street (Cordova Street and Cambie Street)
    

    "We have moved east, west and to the middle of downtown during our long
history in Vancouver," said Mr. Westeringh. "With this move to Bentall 5, we 
are now moving up to the most exceptional space we have ever occupied."

    About Fasken Martineau

    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 in New York, 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: Brenda Plowman, Fasken Martineau, Director,
Marketing, Cell: (604) 562-8843, bplowman@fasken.com

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