Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume VII: Canadian Law Firms in Historical Perspective

edited by Carol Wilton. Published with the University of Toronto Press, 1996.

This seventh volume in our Essays series, is a pioneering study of an important but neglected Canadian institution. It offers numerous cases studies of Canadian law firms as well as more general analyses. These essays highlight significant periods in the history of a variety of law firms. Some detail the experience of very large legal enterprises that have endured for a century or more. Others probe the significance of smaller and more transitory concerns. The volume is national in scope, including papers on every region of Canada. The introduction by Carol Wilton provides an overview of the subject since 1820 which emphasizes the distinctiveness of the Canadian pattern of law firm development.

Reviews of Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume VII: Canadian Law Firms in Historical Perspective

A very interesting book.....very exciting and informative. It gives people the idea of what these firms are about, how they started, why they started, and the contributions they made socially, politically, economically and culturally.  Lincoln Alexander, Hamilton Spectator, March 26, 1997.
This collection of essays...offers a polished, scholarly and readable model for the exploration of new and evolving forms of legal practice.  Christopher English, Canadian Historical Review, vol 79, 1998, p. 602.

Reviews have also appeared in the following publications:

  • Douglas C. Harris, Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol 20, 1997, p. 295.
  • R.W. Kostal, Ontario History, Vol 89, 1997, p. 256.
  • Christopher English, Canadian Book Review Annual, 1997, p. 328.
  • Douglas C. Harris, Advocate (Vancouver Bar Association), Vol 55, 1997, p. 622.