TORONTO (October 10, 2006) – LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs – For the …

TORONTO (October 10, 2006) – LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs – For the fourth consecutive year, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) has been named one of Canada’s best employers and is the only law firm on the list. Blakes has also been chosen as one of Greater Toronto’s “Top 50 Employers” for 2007. Maclean’s newsmagazine is publishing a cover story on this year’s competition in their October 13 issue, appearing on newsstands today.

“At Blakes, we work very hard to make the Firm a great place to work, and I am just thrilled that we have received this recognition for a fourth year,” said Jim Christie, the Firm’s Chairman. “It is particularly meaningful this year since the Firm is celebrating our 150th anniversary – a milestone in its own right. Adding this recognition and being chosen as one of Greater Toronto’s ‘Top 50 Employers’ is definitely something we are very proud of.”

“We are committed to ensuring that we provide our clients with top quality legal services,” added Julie Bean, the Firm’s Chief Administrative Officer. “In order to do that, we invest in our staff and professionals by continually updating our training opportunities, creating a positive work environment and recognizing achievement.”

The list of top 100 employers is compiled annually by Mediacorp Canada Inc., Canada’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Following an initial review of over 60,000 Canadian employers, 10,000 employers across the country were invited to complete the extensive application process. Organizations are graded on seven key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; and training and skills development. The employer’s charitable efforts and community involvement are also considered.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has more than 500 lawyers and offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. The Firm’s signature “Blakes means business” is not just a catch phrase, but a discipline that defines how Blakes helps clients achieve their business objectives. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s Web site at

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