Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is the latest initiative by Best Lawyers. This new publication aims to further assist clients seeking representation by highlighting the top legal talent for lawyers with fewer than eight years of experience in private practice.
Nominations for The Best Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch can be submitted by the general public, clients, other practicing lawyers, and marketing teams. We only ask that lawyers not nominate themselves. All lawyers included in the previous edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada are automatically nominated in their listed practice area for the 16th Edition.
A lawyer can be nominated for The Best Lawyers in Canada or Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch but cannot be nominated for recognition in both publications at the same time. The number of years a lawyer has practiced should be considered when submitting a nomination. Lawyers who have been in private practice for nine or more years should be nominated for The Best Lawyers in Canada. Those lawyers in practice for fewer than eight years should be nominated for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Additionally, it is in the nominator’s best interest to only submit nominations for practice areas in which the lawyer specializes.
After nominations are complete, lawyers are divided by geographic region and practice area. They are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication review to make sure they currently practice and are in good standing with their local bar associations.