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Lawyers, Families, and Businesses

The Shaping of a Bay Street Law Firm, Faskens 1863-1963

In Lawyers, Families, and Businesses: The Shaping of a Bay Street Law Firm, Faskens 1863–1963, noted lawyer and historian, Ian Kyer, provides a superbly researched and fascinating study of the origins and development of the law firm now known as Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. Beginning in colonial Toronto in 1863 where two young lawyers, William Henry Beatty and Edward Marion Chadwick, established their partnership in “one room, half furnished,” Kyer follows the first 100 years of mergers, redirections, challenges, and advances that today have resulted in an international firm of over 700 lawyers practising on three continents. In the process of giving readers a view of the evolution of the practice of law in Canada as seen from the perspective of one particular firm, Kyer also provides in-depth and original accounts of the interrelationships among law firms, family connections, business development, and political influence in Canadian history.

This is neither a dry academic work nor a self-congratulatory firm history. It is an insightful, compelling, social history of one of Canada’s most important law firms.

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C. Ian Kyer

C. Ian Kyer is a distinguished lawyer, historian, and author. For more than thirty years he practised law with the Faskens law firm, where he led the Technology and Intellectual Property Group. Ranked as one of Canada’s top 500 lawyers, he has advised both private sector parties and federal, provincial, and municipal governments on numerous projects, including public-private partnerships. He has often been praised for his even-handed approach and his ability to bring parties together. But Ian was an historian before he became a lawyer (with a PhD in Medieval ecclesiastical history), and on his retirement from the Faskens partnership, he has returned to history. He has written a history of the Faskens firm, an historical novel about Salieri and his relationship to Mozart, and numerous short biographies for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

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Explains what drew the author to this project. Acknowledgments are also made. 6 $0.60

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Provides a brief history of a Bay Street law firm currently known as Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, focusing on the firm’s many changes throughout the years. 12 $1.20

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Focuses on Ellen Byrne Chadwick and Charlotte Louisa Beatty, two women who each married a founding partner of the firm, then known as Beatty & Chadwick, and who are both considered crcuial to … 34 $3.40

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Discusses the role politics played in restructuring the firm in the mid-1870s, when many departures and arrivals occurred. 15 $1.50

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Discusses the challenges overcome between the years 1881-89, beginning with the death of William Gooderham and including the departure of several partners of the firm, other professional … 25 $2.50

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Focuses on W.H. Beatty and Tom Blackstock and their significant roles at the firm. Struggles over power in the firm between Beatty and Blackstock are also chronicled. Other prominent figures of … 266 $26.60

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Explains the new direction that the firm began to take in the years 1906-18 in which David Fasken gained power and prominence. Other changes that occurred during this time frame are also discussed. 36 $3.60

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Discusses the firm from the years 1919-38, some of which the firm was under Alex Fasken’s leadership. Other important details of that time frame are touched upon. 40 $4.00

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Focuses on Pickup and Calivn from the years 1939-52, who were two named partners at the firm. Alex Fasken’s role in the firm is also discussed. 22 $2.20

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Discusses the years 1953-63 in which the firm expanded. 22 $2.20

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Concludes by reflecting on the more recent history of the firm. 8 $0.80

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Explains the sources and archives used to research this book. 4 $0.40

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Provides a chronology of the firm’s many names. 3 $0.30

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Provides brief histories of Campbell Godfrey & Lewtas, Martineau Walker and Russel & Dumoulin. 7 $0.70

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The endnotes for the book. 43 $4.30