Heenan Blaikie closure to have minimal impact on City of Ottawa

The closure of Montreal-Based Heenan Blaikie law firm is having an impact on the City of Ottawa's legal matters, but a small one.

The lawyers dealing with the City of Ottawa's labour and civil litigation cases have assured city solicitor Rick O'Connor the City's work won't be prejudiced when they relocate their practices. They have committed to continuing to provide the same high level of service.

The City said they will not be filling a gap of articling positions left by the closure of the firm.

O'Connor said by email through the corporate communications department that the city doesn't have enough money in the budget to hire any more students than they already employ.

Students starting their articling this year were hired back in 2013 according to the Law Society of Upper Canada's recruitment process.

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