End of an Era in Kingston

We’ve blogged in the past about Hugh Lawford and the vision and tenacity that built the Queen’s Law School treaty data processing project into the foundation for one of Canada’s two commercial legal databases.

It’s an accident, of course, that QL was based in Kingston – in the same way that Dayton and Eagan were in the American systems. But that’s where the ideas were.

Kingston was of course where Hugh taught contracts, in between being Lester Pearson’s right hand man in Ottawa.

Today, the Kingston Whig-Standard reported that the remaining QL office in Kingston is to close. Rationalization moves the operation to Markham, though it’s apparently unlikely that many staff will go with the move. Thirty eight jobs. And a lot of history. And much symbolism.

From the newspaper story, there appears to be a lot of bitterness in the employee ranks.

Homenaje a Hugh



  1. Anne Foster Worlock

    And it was not just QL that had its roots in Kingston. In the very earliest days of its development, Westlaw, too, had the same system at its base.

  2. The comments with the article are very interesting, too.

    Hugh Lawford was indeed the public face of Quicklaw, but let’s not forget Dick von Briesen who co-founded it with him http://www.reedbusiness.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleID=CA299176