This morning, I've awoken to a significant change at my firm. The signs have been changed. New business cards have been issued. Even the stickers in the elevator have been swapped. If you go to www.ogilvyrenault.com, you will be redirected to a new site.
Ogilvy Renault LLP is no more. It is now formally known as Norton Rose OR LLP and is of the Norton Rose Group. I have no doubt we will be informally known as Norton Rose. With more than 2,600 lawyers, the enlarged Norton Rose Group is a now top 10 international legal practice with 39 offices throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada, Africa and the Middle East.
When the announcement was made some months ago, there was a lot of coverage – both in the legal forums and in the mainstream media. Now it's real.
I had hesitated before posting this "news". I didn't want it to be seen as "shameless plug" for my firm. Nonetheless, it is news and I thought it would be good mention on a site like Slaw. To make news is one thing… but what does it mean?
There are indeed a lot of questions – many of which I don't have the answer to you. Nonetheless, I am proud and excited that my firm has taken this step – a first for a Canadian law firm.
Slaw readers are involved and and opinionated. So I ask you all: Will the "international firm" be the new legal paradigm in Canada? Does it even matter to you?