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Similar priorities key to successful partnership expansion

Forming a partnership may be one of the toughest decisions a sole practitioner has to face, as the priorities and expectations of all involved need to carefully align, Toronto criminal lawyer Breese Davies tells Lawyers Weekly.

Davies started her practice as an associate at Ruby & Edwardh a firm of half a dozen criminal lawyers, before starting her own practice in a chamber setting. She eventually teamed up with two partners but they parted ways amicably after four years.

“It ultimately came down to priorities,” Davies says in the article.

“To be successful you have to have the same priorities, goals and expectations, and you have to do that in an incredibly demanding, high stress practice.”

With a desire to again work in close proximity to lawyers who shared her values, Davies returned to a chamber setting and hired an associate who had articled for her before gaining experience as a clerk with the Supreme Court of Canada.

“We’re very busy, so I’m on the verge of considering whether or not to expand again,” Davies says in the article.

Davies says before deciding whether to expand and what lawyer would be the best fit, it is important to consider what your objectives are: Do you just want to make more money? Do you want to off-load work so you can work fewer hours yourself to free up time to do other things? Do you want to ultimately form a partnership with that person?  

"You’ll choose different people depending on what your objectives are", says Davies.


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