Aird & Berlis Recognized as Leading Firm in Chambers High Net Worth 2022

Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized as one of the top professional advisers to high net worth individuals in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth 2022 guide, in the areas of Private Wealth Law (Canada) and Private Wealth Disputes (Canada). Lawyers Rachel Blumenfeld, Archie Rabinowitz, Melanie Yach and Holly Cunliffe are also individually recognized as leading lawyers in their respective areas of specialization.

The firm as a whole and our noted practitioners received the following accolades:

According to various sources, Aird & Berlis is "well known for advising high net worth families" and is "amassing strong expertise in the contentious trust and estate space.”

Rachel Blumenfeld is well versed on matters relating to estate, tax and succession planning. She is described as "a very good estate planning attorney," and another commentator remarks: "I think Rachel is a very good practitioner with [a] very good solid client roster in this space."

Archie Rabinowitz is "one of the biggest names at the Bar in Toronto," states a market commentator. Another source remarks: "He is a very strong advocate for his clients. He is very practical and he is an effective mediator." A third source enthuses: "He is a fantastic lawyer and is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in Toronto for contentious private wealth matters."

Melanie Yach is a well-known litigator for contentious private wealth issues. "Melanie is a terrific litigator," says a source, explaining: "She is particularly excellent in litigation because she has such deep knowledge of drafting and tax, which makes her really good on complex estate and trust litigation files." Another comments: "She has a lot of knowledge on the corporate side and how that feeds into estate and trusts cases. She is an excellent litigator and a very strong advocate."

Rising star Holly Cunliffe focuses her practice on estate, trust and capacity issues for high net worth clients. One source enthuses: "She is a very bright and capable lawyer. She has always impressed me greatly and her file management is exceptional. She is a star of the future." Another adds: "She is an excellent lawyer; her advocacy skills are brilliant."

With expertise that spans estate and trust planning and administrationcross-border planningtrust and estate litigationcharity law and related areas of tax law, the Aird & Berlis Estates & Trusts Group provides comprehensive services to private clients.