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Farris is a high performance law firm,with the proven capacity and experience to execute and close complex and diverse transactions. The firm’s clients include some of the most significant public institutions, listed companies and private corporations in British Columbia. Farris balances a strong regional and national presence with an expanding international practice that includes US, European, and Asia-Pacific based clients.
Farris has been ranked by Lexpert, the most respected legal publication in Canada, as the leading corporate law firm in Vancouver since rankings began and one of the leading litigation firms for a number of years.
In addition, over 30% of the firm’s partners are acknowledged as leaders in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and 10% are currently ranked among The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. In the most recent publications naming The Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada, six Farris partners were named (four corporate lawyers and two litigators), making Farris the leading Vancouver law firm in US/Canada cross-border legal matters.
The firm practises nationally from its office in Vancouver, and has offices in Kelowna and Victoria. Farris has over 100 professionals who collectively offer a full range of legal services and tax planning and advice.
Farris is the exclusive Lex Mundi member law firm for BC. Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms, with 20,000 lawyers in 560 offices in more than 100 countries. Lex Mundi member firms provide legal representation and local market knowledge around the world, and our firm’s membership provides us with global reach to serve our clients’ needs.
The firm’s lawyers are experienced in every aspect of business law. From advising on general corporate matters through to complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, public/private partnerships (P3), public and private securities offerings, venture capital financings, income trusts and banking transactions.
Farris’ Real Estate Group has significant experience in large scale development, including tax structuring, acquisition of properties, servicing agreements, rezoning, subdivision, financing and leasing.
Farris lawyers are recognised for excellence in life sciences, technology,media and communications, energy, mining, telecommunications,municipal law, realisations, trade and investment regulation, as well as intellectual property, licensing, immigration, BC regulatory and public policy law.
Farris’ Litigation Group has significant and extensive experience in all areas of litigation and the firm’s lawyers appear regularly in all BC Courts, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
The firm’s experience includes trial and appellate advocacy, commercial transactions, product liability, class actions, labour relations, administrative and regulatory matters, securities litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, aboriginal matters, internet and social media issues, defamation and other media related law.
Farris lawyers are also sensitive to public policy and political environments in which administrative action is taken. For some 40 years, the firm’s founder Senator Farris was widely regarded as a leading barrister in Western Canada.Today’s Farris barristers continue that tradition with senior counsel consistently recognised by their peers as leaders in their field.
The firm’s Labour and Employment Group acts for a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors. The team is organised on a 24/7 basis to provide advice on all aspects of labour relations and human resources, including certification and decertification, strikes, lockouts and contingency planning, picketing, essential services, collective bargaining including first collective agreement negotiation, collective agreement interpretation and application, managing a unionised workplace, corporate downsizing and severance, and advising on statutory compliance of workplace policies, including sexual and workplace harassment and computer/internet utilisation.
Farris’Tax Group specialises in innovative and value-added tax approaches tailored to clients’ needs, including tax strategies and structuring, corporate finance, financial analysis and modeling,CRA representation, and wealth management advice for individuals and owner entrepreneurs.The Farris Tax Team represents a broad range of domestic, international, public and private clients, and works closely with the Farris corporate and securities teams to provide integrated, tax efficient solutions.