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Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Farris Culture

Our lawyers, students, and staff share a common goal, excellence in all that we do. We vigorously foster an environment that encourages the individual and supports the team. The unique qualities that each individual brings to the collective effort are fundamental to the continued success of our firm and its clients, and we proudly acknowledge their contributions to our past… and to our future.

A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

The success of our firm has only one measure: the success of the clients we serve. At Farris, we have long been guided by a tradition of doing the best that we can for our clients by doing good work. This tradition continues to serve as our foundation – and our inspiration.

Today, doing good work for our clients means advancing our position as knowledgeable, multi-disciplinary service providers with global competence. Our lawyers continue to demonstrate their qualities as innovative strategists, well able to manage the complexities of emerging industries, advancing technology, and variable, international economies to maximum advantage.

Our Structure

Our capacity to manoeuvre quickly at the global level reflects an equally efficient internal structure. Our firm is not managed by committees, which enables us to better focus on our clients and our work. That means minimal committee meetings, no billable hour targets, and few Partner meetings.

And, our unique Partner admission policy, encouraging our Associates to approach us when they believe they are ready for partnership, further reveals an environment that is unencumbered by formalities, cultivates service excellence, and rewards innovative thinking.

Our Lawyers

Our lawyers comprise barristers and solicitors almost equally. Our solicitors are among a small number in Vancouver, BC who practise at the most senior and sophisticated levels of corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. We regularly act, advise upon, and structure some of the largest acquisitions, developments, and commercial projects in British Columbia.

Our litigation lawyers are regularly retained to appear at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada; and before administrative, labour, and other tribunals in the context of both domestic and international arbitration.

Many of our lawyers are recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as top practitioners in their fields and many are also ranked among the top 500 leading lawyers in Canada.

Statistics

Lawyers 103  
Partners 56 Male 42 Female 14
Associates 47 Male 27 Female 20
Students  
Articling 6 - 8  
Summer 4 - 6  
Staff 131  

Our Practice

We offer a complete range of legal services including corporate and commercial; securities; banking; real estate; technology; biotechnology; litigation and labour law. At Farris, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest calibre of legal service. Please see Practice Areas for a comprehensive list of our practice areas and lawyers.

Your ability to gain needed exposure to a broad, challenging range of transactions and cases is determined by two factors: our work and our clients. The comprehensive and sophisticated nature of our practice areas and recent transactions illustrates our capacity to help you acquire the skills that will prepare you for the practice of law.

But perhaps the best indicator of our capacity to present you with stimulating, meaningful experiences is revealed in the calibre and diversity of the clients we proudly serve. The stature of our clients reflects our past and predicts our future – presenting unique opportunities to the students we regard as a principal source of our firm’s growth.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Farris’ CSR program supports local community events and charities that have a connection to our firm, employees, and clients. In addition to financial contributions, Farris lawyers and employees often participate in charitable events providing both leadership and support. Our firm is among the leading law firm community contributors in BC.

Pro Bono Work

At Farris we encourage our lawyers and students to become involved in the provision of public interest legal services.  Lawyers and students in the firm are engaged in a wide variety of such endeavours, including:

  • Farris’ Trial Experience Program;
  • Salvation Army Pro Bono Program;
  • Access Pro Bono Society of BC Roster Programs;
  • Small Claims Court trials on behalf of pro bono clients; and
  • Legal Aid.

These sources are not exhaustive and we encourage our students and associates to seek out other opportunities to become involved in pro bono law and gain trial experience.

The firm support of pro bono legal service is based first and foremost on the duty of lawyers, as professionals, to contribute to the welfare of the community.  In addition, pro bono opportunities provide valuable experience for students and younger lawyers in the firm and the opportunity for lawyers of all ages actively involved in the community.  Student involvement in pro bono activities is an important factor in a student’s professional development and a willingness to serve and become involved with the community is evidence of a level in maturity and professionalism which is highly prized by the firm. 

Diversity Policy

We have adopted and are committed to Lex Mundi’s Diversity Vision Statement.

As a proud member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, we respect and embrace all people, including those of different ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, physical abilities, races, religious beliefs and sexual orientations. We value the experiences, knowledge and talents of all individuals in our firms and in our communities. We support and promote non-discriminatory practices that advance equal treatment of, and opportunity for, all people, and encourage meaningful participation by a broad cross-section of people in our firms and in our communities.