William J. Fowlis, QC, FCPA, FCA, TEP, FEA

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The Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes 188 Miller Thomson lawyers in 2022 edition

The Best Lawyers in Canada has just released its fourteenth edition, in which 188 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country are recognized for their expertise in 52 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the...

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Miller Thomson repeats top ranking in 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Miller Thomson’s Private Client Services Group has once again received a top Band 1 ranking in the 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law – Canada. Through an extensive independent research process, Chambers and Partners ranks the leading...

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Miller Thomson once again recognized in 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Miller Thomson is proud to congratulate an impressive group of lawyers who have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory experience across 34 areas of law in the newly released 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Published annually since...

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Miller Thomson recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2020 Canada Guide

We are pleased to announce that several Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the Who’s Who Legal 2020 Canada Guide, including two lawyers who were named as Thought Leaders in their fields. Tamara Farber was recognized as a Thought...

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2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes 165 Miller Thomson lawyers

The Best Lawyers in Canada has just released its thirteenth edition, in which 165 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country are recognized for their expertise in 48 areas of law. This includes 9 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of...

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Miller Thomson once again receives top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Miller Thomson’s Private Client Services Group has once again received a top Band 1 ranking in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law – Canada. Through an extensive independent research process, Chambers and Partners ranks the leading...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Miller Thomson has over 100 lawyers recognized for their industry-leading advisory experience across 40 areas of law in the newly released 2020 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Published annually since 1997, the directory is the most comprehensive guide...

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William Fowlis re-elected to STEP Worldwide Council

Congratulations to Partner William (Bill) Fowlis who has been elected to serve a second term on the STEP Worldwide Council. STEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners) is a global professional association comprising of lawyers, accountants, financial advisors and other...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020

In the just released 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 133 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 7 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Private Client Services Group receives top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Miller Thomson’s Private Client Services Group has once again earned the top Band 1 ranking for ‘Private Wealth Law – Canada’ in the 2019 edition of the Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Chambers and Partners annually ranks the top law...

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Miller Thomson ranked in 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Miller Thomson has close to 100 lawyers recognized for their industry-leading advisory experience across 35 areas of law in the newly released 2019 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Published annually since 1997, the directory is the most comprehensive guide to...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson repeats top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Miller Thomson’s Private Client Services Group has once again received a top Band 1 ranking in the 2018 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law – Canada. Through an extensive independent research process, Chambers and Partners ranks the...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson receives top ranking by Chambers for Private Wealth Law – Canada

Miller Thomson is ranked as Band 1 (highest ranking) for Private Wealth Law – Canada in Chambers High Net Worth Guide. The guide ranks the leading lawyers and law firms for the international private wealth market in key jurisdictions around...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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William Fowlis elected to STEP worldwide council

Congratulations to William Fowlis, Partner in our Calgary office, who was recently elected as the Canadian representative on the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) worldwide council. STEP is the global professional association for trust and estate practitioners.  The council is made up...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Lexpert recognizes 80 Miller Thomson lawyers

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce 80 lawyers across ten of our offices are recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading practitioners in their field. Published annually since 1997, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory...

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William Fowlis receives Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Founder’s Award

Miller Thomson congratulates William Fowlis, the firm’s Corporate Tax Lead, on being awarded the STEP Founder’s Award.  The award recognizes STEP members who have made an exemplary long-term contribution to the Society in their branch or elsewhere in the voluntary...

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A record 122 Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada

Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country were today recognized in The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2016. A total of 122 lawyers across various areas of law were recognized for their industry expertise—up from 107 last year. Miller Thomson is...

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Miller Thomson’s participation at the STEP Canada Conference

Our National Private Client Services Group participated and were Gold Sponsors of the 17th annual STEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners) Canada Conference on June 18 and 19, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference was a huge...

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Miller Thomson lawyers make major contribution in global tax publication

In the recently released Thomson Reuters publication “Tax on Transactions Multi-jurisdictional Guide,” six Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country provided their expertise in authoring the Q&A chapter “Tax on corporate transactions in Canada.” Contributors are William Fowlis, Ilan Braude,...

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William Fowlis joins STEP Private Client Awards judging panel

William J Fowlis, QC, FCA, TEP and a partner in Miller Thomson’s Tax Group, has joined the multi-national panel of presiding judges for the tenth annual STEP Private Client Awards. The STEP Private Client Awards celebrate excellence in private client...

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Miller Thomson’s key presence at the 16th Annual STEP Canada Conference

Several Miller Thomson lawyers will participate at the upcoming STEP Canada 16th National Conference, held at the Metro Toronto Convention, Centre on June 16 and 17, 2014.  Rachel Blumenfeld from the firm’s Private Client Services Group is the co-chair of...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada

We are pleased to announce that 80 Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (this is 15 more lawyers than last year). Seventeen lawyers are new to the list. Additionally, the following lawyers from...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

Miller Thomson is thrilled to announce that 43 of the firm’s lawyers from across Canada were recently recognized in 25 categories in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. These rankings, based on extensive annual peer-review surveys, identify leading lawyers in Canada across...

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Miller Thomson lawyers showcase expertise at STEP Canada Conference

Miller Thomson lawyers are participating at the 15th National STEP Canada Conference, which focuses on the latest developments in trust and estate practice, tax, trust law, trust administration, insurance and financial planning.  Rachel Blumenfeld is the conference co-chair. The conference...

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William Fowlis is a co-presenter on the topic “The Final Word on Trust Residence and Thoughts on the Future” at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation in Calgary.

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William Fowlis of the Calgary office is an instructor at a course for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta entitled “Taxation of Family Trusts – Advanced”

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William Fowlis presents on “Rectification of a Trust” to the Video Tax News Tax Update Course in Calgary

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William Fowlis teaches family trusts course for Institute of Chartered Accountants

William Fowlis of the Calgary office is an instructor at a course for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta entitled “Taxation of Family Trusts – Basic” in Edmonton and Calgary.

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Miller Thomson Calgary tax lawyers Bill Fowlis and Bryant Frydberg offer their expertise on business succession in a Calgary Herald article.

Lawyers Bill Fowlis and Bryant Frydberg from the Calgary office helped Imperial Group, Inc. transition operational control from the parents to the children. Read the full article: Culture of ‘meritocracy’ needed for business families

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Miller Thomson Calgary’s Bill Fowlis is quoted in a Calgary Herald article on tax and business succession planning.

“A lot of family businesses really struggle to get from one generation to the next – and many don’t actually succeed,” say Fowlis, explaining transitioning company ownership. Read the full article: A taxing matter – legal counsel critical in succession...

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