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Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) was a Canadian and international law firm, with about 700 legal professionals in 10 offices in Canada and as well as London, Moscow, and Beijing. The firm offered legal support in business law, advocacy/litigation and intellectual property law.

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Limited Liability Partnership (Private)
IndustryLaw Firm
ProductsLegal advice
ServicesBusiness law, litigation/advocacy, intellectual property Edit this on Wikidata

On July 8, 2015, Gowlings announced that they would amalgamate with UK firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co to create a new international law firm called Gowling WLG.[1] The new firm launched in February 2016.[2]


Gowlings' originated with the firm Henderson & McVeity, which was founded in Ottawa in 1887.[3][4] Its name passed through numerous permutations, but included references to the lawyers Gordon Gowling, George and Gordon Henderson.[5] In the 1980s, the firm expanded beyond its traditional Ottawa base, establishing offices in Toronto, Kitchener, and Moscow.

Starting in the mid-1990s, Gowlings created a national platform through a succession of mergers with other law firms in Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.[6] The firm eventually adopted the simple brand name "Gowlings" (which had long been in informal use).[7]

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