Heenan Blaikie partners decide to shut firm down

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Heenan Blaikie, a storied national law firm with a large Ottawa presence, is shutting its doors.

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The firm’s partners decided “to proceed with an orderly wind-up” of its operations over the next few months, a Heenan Blaikie press release issued on Wednesday said.

However the press release also said that some practice groups and entire offices will continue to operate with new names. It does not include any more information about what will happen with the Ottawa office.

“This decision follows an in-depth analysis of the available restructuring options in the current context of Canada’s legal services market,” said the release.

“An orderly wind-up will make it possible to continue serving the firm’s clients without interrupting or disrupting service and to ensure a harmonious transfer of their files to other law firms.”

The decision to shut down follows a week of rumours about the law firm’s future.

During that time at least some lawyers working out of the Ottawa office left the firm. That includes three who went to work for Fasken Martineau LLP.

Heenan Blaikie had 30 lawyers working in Ottawa, according to its website. That includes former prime minister Jean Chretien and former Supreme Court judge Michel Bastarache.

Organizations: Heenan Blaikie press, Fasken Martineau, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Ottawa, Canada

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