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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kyer History of Faskens hot off the press

In the post today: the first Osgoode Society book for 2013, Ian Kyer's Lawyers, Families and Businesses: The Shaping of a Bay Street Law Firm, Faskens 1863- 1963. This volume was published by Irwin Law for the Osgoode Society, our second volume with Irwin. It looks a bit different from the U of T Press volumes, on the cover and inside (the spine is in the usual OS format.) And it's quite lovely, with a distinctive cover illustration and a very readable and attractive font. It's also downloadable for Ipad.
I have read and heard bits of this project over the years and am very much looking forward to reading the final version. Often firm histories are a more or less boring one damn thing after another chronology and hagiographic to boot. I wouldn't expect this to be a negative account of Faskens history: as the preface makes clear, Ian was connected to the firm (now Faskens Martineau) throughout the process and he is currently counsel to the firm, specializing in IP. But I do expect it to be critical in a good way and a terrific contribution to the histories of Canadian law and business and Toronto and Ontario generally.

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