TORONTO (October 18, 2005) –LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – For the…

TORONTO (October 18, 2005) –LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – For the third year in a row, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) has been named one of Canada’s best employers. Blakes is the only law firm to earn a place on the 2005 list of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” released Monday, October 17 by the national newsmagazine, Maclean’s.

“At Blakes, we continue to work very hard to make the Firm a great place to work, and I am pleased that this has been recognized once again,” said Jim Christie, the Firm’s Chairman. “Blakes is committed to investing in our staff and professionals, continually updating our training opportunities, recognizing achievement and creating a positive work environment, all with a view to ensuring that we provide our clients with top quality legal services.”

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 55,000 Canadian employers, 7,500 companies 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 over 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 www.blakes.com.

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