Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Tracing our roots back to the mid-1800s, our firm was founded through the merger of three regional Canadian icons in 2000. Today we have nine offices with more than 770 lawyers across Canada and in the UK, France and South Africa.
Our lawyers consistently receive accolades worldwide and earn hundreds of rankings each year from prestigious business and legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review (IFLR), The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Legal 500 and others.
While we take pride in each of these acknowledgements, we take our greatest satisfaction from our clients who continue to entrust us with their most pressing matters. We aim to see legal issues in the context of our clients’ broader business issues. We have created a firm that is nimble, entrepreneurial and responsive to the global pressures facing our clients. Our success depends on the success of our clients.
We operate in English and French in civil law and common law jurisdictions worldwide.
Fasken Martineau provides legal services through a number of separate entities.
Our Canadian practice is carried on by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership which includes professional corporations.
In London, our practice is carried on by Fasken Martineau LLP, a limited liability partnership which is incorporated and registered in England and Wales. A list of the members, all of whom are Solicitors or Registered Foreign Lawyers, may be inspected at the registered office. Registered number: OC 309059. Registered Office: 17 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HU. Authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and subject to its Code of Conduct – www.sra.org.uk.
In Paris, our practice is carried on through Fasken Martineau SELAS, a société d'exercise libéral par actions simplifiée incorporated in France and a subsidiary of Fasken Martineau LLP.
In Johannesburg, our practice is carried on by Bell Dewar Inc. and by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Pty) Ltd. Bell Dewar Inc. is an incorporated firm of attorneys with registration number 1995/004675/21 and is regulated by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Pty) Ltd. is a private limited liability company incorporated in South Africa with registration no. 2002/025507/07. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Pty) Ltd. is not a regulated South African law firm and does not offer any services that are reserved for practicing South African attorneys in terms of Section 83 of the Attorneys Act 1979 of South Africa, including litigation. The principal place of business of both Bell Dewar Inc. and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Pty) Ltd. is at Inanda Greens, 54 Wierda Road West, Sandton, 2196.
References to a 'partner' when used in relation to those Fasken Martineau entities that are incorporated means, subject to the context, a person who is: in the case of Fasken Martineau LLP, a member of that firm; in the case of Fasken Martineau SELAS, a shareholder of that company; and in the case of Bell Dewar Inc. and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Pty) Ltd, a director of the relevant company or a partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
Fasken Martineau is committed to a diverse and welcoming workplace. We are proud of each and every person that makes up our strong and dynamic workforce while offering innovative and strategic approaches to your legal needs. We believe that diversity is a key ingredient in the success of our firm as it helps foster inclusiveness, encourages innovation, and broadens the scope of problem solving.
Fasken Martineau's Position on the Importance of Diversity
Fasken Martineau, as a leader in the global business community, demonstrates its commitment to diversity not only in the policies and practices that we follow within our firm but also in our actions within the diverse communities in which we operate.
Fasken Martineau is committed to:
Maintaining an inclusive firm culture that reflects the diverse communities within which the firm operates; and supporting and promoting diversity so that all lawyers, legal assistants, students and staff know that they are valued and welcomed. This includes:
- Ensuring that our commitment to diversity is reflected in all aspects of our administration and operations.
- Ensuring that our recruitment, retention, development and promotion practices for lawyers, legal assistants, students and staff result in a firm whose membership is reflective of the diverse communities in which we operate.
- Promoting diversity within the Bar and at law schools.
- Working with our clients, not-for-profit associations and institutions across the world to encourage diversity awareness and inclusiveness.
The mandate of Fasken Martineau's Diversity Committee is to ensure that the law firm's deep commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is fulfilled in every aspect of its operations and that we recognize and leverage our difference and similarities.
Fasken Martineau is a signatory of the Law Firm Diversity & Inclusion Network's Statement of Principles
As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal community, Fasken Martineau has signed the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network's Statement of Principles. The Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN) is a group of Canadian law firms who have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal profession. Diversity and inclusion are core values of LFDIN members. We believe that valuing and enhancing diversity and inclusion will help us attract and retain the best talent and better serve our clients' needs in an evolving global marketplace. LFDIN members undertake to practice and advance diversity and inclusion by:
- Sharing ideas for the promotion of diversity and inclusion in connection with recruitment, retention and advancement within law firms
- Working with Legal Leaders for Diversity and other general counsel law departments, business leaders and professional associations in their efforts to advance diversity and inclusion
- Supporting outreach programs in law schools and the broader community
- Promoting thought leadership and constructive dialogue on issues of diversity and inclusion
- Evaluating our efforts
Investing in Our Communities: Canada
Collectively and individually, our lawyers and staff give of their time and money by participating in charitable activities, serving on boards and committees, and fundraising for charities. We raise money each year to support the United Way across Canada and we recently donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haïti and Japan, and to famine relief efforts in East Africa. Our broader community involvement in Canada includes sponsoring the Vancouver Canucks and Ballet BC, organizing law moots for high school students in Calgary, funding holiday gifts for needy children in Toronto, and sponsoring the annual Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards in Québec.
Investing in Our Communities: London
Fasken Martineau is a member of PRIME, an organisation which encourages diversity in the legal profession and helps schoolchildren broaden their skills. PRIME is a pioneering initiative by the UK's leading law firms to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession by offering quality work experience and continuing support to young people from less privileged backgrounds.
Each year Fasken Martineau offers students aged 13-17 the opportunity to take part in a structured work experience programme that is co-ordinated and delivered by firm staff representing departments across our business.
The programme delivers a minimum of 30-35 hours of work experience and is designed to provide the young people involved with insight into all aspects of our business, not just in law, but also in our professional support services, such as Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing.
We continue to develop our relationship with Paddington Academy with students joining us for work experience during the summer. The students spend their time developing skills in a wide variety of areas such as communication, presentation, networking, negotiation and team work.
We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Paddington Academy to achieve the aims of this valuable initiative, which benefits both the young people involved and the legal profession as a whole.
Charitable and Community Giving
Our lawyers and staff also support a number of national charities such as Cancer Research UK, The Royal British Legion,Barnardo's and Genetic Disorders UK through various initiatives, such as sponsored races, cake sales, coffee mornings and sponsored dress-down days.
Fasken Martineau also supports many of these initiatives by matching the funds raised by its lawyers and staff to increase the donations to these charities.
International Lawyers for Africa
Fasken Martineau is a member firm of International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), an Africa focused capacity building organisation which aims to build the legal skills and expertise of African lawyers across the continent.
ILFA facilitates three-month placements in leading international law firms offering training in a variety of practice areas including complex services, litigation, intellectual property, project finance and sovereign debt, covering industries from mining, construction and banking to oil & gas.
The ILFA programme has been recognised for its excellence and innovation by a number of international bodies including The Law Society of England & Wales, the Financial Times and Legal Week.
Fasken Martineau has provided invaluable support for students on MidKent College's Legal Secretarial course for several years. The CILEx Diploma taught at the college requires students to gain work placements, with which the firm has always been happy to assist with.
Students who take up placements with the firm gain a unique insight into the legal profession as well as job skills which benefit them in their future careers.
Fasken Martineau hopes its association with MidKent College will continue to grow for many years to come.
Our lawyers and law students routinely provide pro bono legal services to help those who have difficulty in accessing the justice system.
Pro Bono Initiatives: Canada
Our recent pro bono activities include representing the Vancouver-based Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in a landmark case before the Supreme Court of Canada. We also helped Espoir d'enfants (Children's Hope) Orphanage and School create a foundation that has raised $1.3 million in donations to rebuild after the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010.
Pro Bono Initiatives: London
Fasken Martineau is a member of LawWorks, which offers free legal help for individuals and community groups that cannot afford to access Legal Aid or other forms of financial assistance.
LawWorks works with lawyers who volunteer their legal skills to support individuals and community groups across England and Wales.
Fasken Martineau advised Drapers' Academy and its sponsors, the Drapers' Company and Queen Mary University of London, on the acquisition of a nearby junior school, and on the conversion of the Drapers' Academy into a Multi-Academy Trust. This marks the largest pro bono transaction in which the London office has been involved.
Pro Bono Initiatives: Johannesburg
Fasken Martineau has a dedicated pro bono department consisting of three professionals. In addition, attorneys are required to do pro bono work within their areas of expertise. In order to facilitate its pro bono commitment Fasken Martineau is a member of Pro Bono.Org, a non-governmental organisation that facilitates the provision of free legal services to clients from communities in need.
Fasken Martineau provides legal advice and legal representation in employment, housing, refugee, maintenance and domestic violence matters. The firm also partners with NGOs to provide access to justice in local communities, staffing two legal advice helpdesks in Soweto and Lenasia.
Since 2004, Fasken Martineau has partnered with Artist Proof Studio (APS) to invest in the future of young artists in South Africa. The firm sponsors up-and-coming artists and hosts an annual art exhibition, legal seminars and workshops led by the firm's junior lawyers to provide the artists with basic legal skills to achieve success in the market and protect their creations.
In support of the work we do for our clients, Fasken Martineau is affiliated with a number of business and legal organizations worldwide.
Advertising Standards Canada (ASC)
Advertising Standards Canada is the national not-for-profit advertising self-regulatory body. It was created by the advertising industry in 1957 to foster community confidence in advertising and to ensure the integrity and viability of advertising in Canada through responsible industry self-regulation. Fasken Martineau is a long-time member of the ASC.
ALFA International is a global legal network with 145 member law firms across the globe (80 in the United States). ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. As a long-time member, Fasken Martineau can connect clients with top-flight legal counsel throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia/New Zealand, and Asia. Our lawyers also take advantage of ALFA International's legal education seminars, reference materials, and other client-focused programs. ALFA International
Biolegis is a network of leading independent European law firms with extensive expertise in life sciences, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and related fields of law. The aim of the network is to offer integrated, high-quality legal services across Europe to companies and investors. Fasken Martineau is the UK member of the Biolegis network.
DuPont Primary Law Firm and Supplier Network (DuPont PLFS)
DuPont has earned a reputation as a leader in law firm partnering with its legal network of 39 primary law firms, 10 primary service providers and diverse legal suppliers worldwide. Since 1998, Fasken Martineau has been the primary law firm in Canada for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and DuPont Canada. In 2003, we received a special award from DuPont in recognition of our leadership role in promoting the goal of partnering.
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute)
The CPR Institute is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution. Established in 1979, it has earned international recognition as an authority on new and innovative uses for ADR in public disputes. Fasken Martineau is a member of the CPR Institute and our lawyers serve in leadership roles on committees alongside peers from AmLaw Top 100 law firms and general counsel at leading US corporations.
Regional Law Firm Relationships
Carters Professional Corporation Carters is one of the leading firms in Canada in the area of charity and not-for-profit law. Through the established relationship between our two firms, Carters also provides access to specialized national and international legal services offered by Fasken Martineau's lawyers.