Boughton Law Corporation – Raising the Bar for Law Firms: How One Local Firm Must Regularly Earn Its Stripes by Proving It Meets the Highest Standards and Quality Service
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Oct. 17, 2007) – The practice of law requires years of schooling, successfully completing the bar exam, complying with a distinct code of ethics, and hours of ongoing continuing legal education. However, for Vancouver-based Boughton Law Corporation (‘Boughton’), those tests are just a beginning. In addition, the firm further puts itself to the test through a diligent review process that includes exacting self-assessment, peer review by other law firms, and client comments provided to a third party.These tests are part and parcel of Boughton’s membership in Meritas, a closely integrated group of full-service law firms that provide business clients with worldwide access to comprehensive legal services. Membership in Meritas is by invitation only, with only one firm admitted for each selected geographic marketplace. Members are ranked among the top firms in most cities.
As part of its drive to ensure continued high calibre legal services among its nearly 200 member firms worldwide, Meritas also stipulated a periodic recertification process as a requirement for membership. Boughton was recently awarded recertification.
“Members must prove that they meet these high standards just to be admitted, but those who don’t pass recertification, don’t remain members,” said James Coady, President of Boughton’s Board of Directors. “You’re not given a passing grade on a de facto basis; every firm must re-earn their membership by proving they continue to adhere to Meritas’ high quality standards.”
The recertification process examines such factors as adherence to rigorous standards set by clients, the timeliness and quality of a firm’s client service and its professional conduct. That translates into such specifics as enabling clients to benefit from multijurisdictional client management teams, and cross border practice groups; a requirement that firms acknowledge Meritas client phone calls, letters, faxes and e-mails within 24 hours; and for international members, that they employ English-speaking receptionists and after-hours message services or voicemail in English.
“For our firm, Meritas’ recertification process gives us a framework to continually monitor and address the quality of our services,” emphasised Coady. “That alone is valuable to clients, but our membership in Meritas also means we can provide clients – from the smallest business to the largest corporations – with access to legal expertise in all parts of the globe.”
As more companies do business worldwide, both large and small companies alike are finding they need coordinated, trustworthy global legal services. It used to be that the only options for companies were to build up their own in-house legal department, use large national firms, or develop personal networks of preferred legal providers. Since the big national or international firms don’t operate everywhere, the quality can be very uneven and the fees excessive. Through Meritas, Boughton can provide clients with coordinated, cost-effective services to meet their legal needs using law firms that adhere to the same high quality standards.
Boughton Law Corporation is a mid-sized firm with 45-plus lawyers and was formed in 2002 as a successor to Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson, a law partnership that began in 1949. Boughton provides high-quality legal services in the areas of aboriginal law, administrative law, banking, bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial and corporate law, complex litigation, employment and immigration law, entertainment law, estates, trusts and wills, intellectual property, labour, real estate, securities and taxation.
Based in Vancouver, B.C., Boughton recently opened an office in Whitehorse, Yukon to serve its Aboriginal clients in Northern Canada.
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