Legal 500 is diving into one of the markets of the moment — Canada.
A notable omission from the company’s international portfolio, it’s surprising that a market of such size has been ignored by Legal 500 for so long.
Well not ignored exactly – the Legal 500 currently has a simple listing of firms in Canada – but not researched in the same way as most other jurisdictions in the Legal 500’s usual style.
Legal 500 plans to release its new Canada section at the International Bar Association conference in Boston in October 2013.
David Burgess, publishing director of the Legal 500, commented:
“In our conversations with companies globally, there has been a growing desire for us to cover Canada as part of the Legal 500 series. Clients we have spoken to, especially in the US, Asia and Latin America, feel that there is a need for more in-depth coverage of the Canadian market and we want to make that research available to our corporate counsel users.”
Full details are available here, but the key dates for firms are Friday, May 24 2013 (submission deadline), and June 17 2013 to August 2 2013 (firm interviews).
Canada is hot right now.
The economy has weathered the crash better than most in the west. It has energy, resources and minerals.
And lots of big Canadian law firms have merged internationally.
The country also has a competitive legal directory market.
Significant players include the native Lexpert, Best Lawyers, which has a well-established Canadian list, Chambers Global, and the Canadian edition of Martindale.
Given the crowded space, Legal 500 has a challenge on its hands, but its new Canadian section will no doubt pick up followers and fans.
Elsewhere the Legal 500 has been busy. In other recent developments:
- Legal 500 ramps up in Germany
- Legal 500 offers benchmarking data to law firms
- The new edition of the Legal 500 EMEA launches on March 27 2013
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