How do we win tax disputes? We give really smart people some really smart tools, and we get out of the way.
So how are we going to help you choose the right tax lawyer? We’re going to do the same thing.
What percentage of the law firm’s practice is focused on tax litigation?
We focus, exclusively, on tax litigation.
We don’t dabble in tax planning or other areas of practice.
We devote 100
What's the quality of the law firm’s work?
We do really good work and we're happy to show it to you.
You can see the quality of our work in everything that we do. Our thinking page is a good place to start reading some of our articles, watching our tax videos, and listening to our tax podcasts.
Also, Canada's top tax and legal publishers ask us to contribute our expertise in various in-depth articles and chapters. Thomson Reuters has published our in-depth chapters on corporate residence, judicial review, tax shelters, tax penalties, and settlement strategies. If interested, you can read our corporate residence chapter.
Last, if we were in your shoes, we would want to see our "real-world" CRA and court submissions. So we've published some of our CRA, Tax Court, and Federal Court submissions too. We hope that reading our work will help you understand the craftsmanship and effort we'll bring to your tax dispute.
The law firm can prove that its track record is favourable.
We invited an independent accounting firm to verify our success so that you will have no doubt that we're really good at what we do.
Bottom line: The accountants confirmed that our clients’ average return on fees was 21:1.
The law firm can demonstrate that it will deliver smart and transparent recommendations that put you in the best position.
We will deliver transparency and radical candour so that you understand our strategy and advice. You won't hear or read any legalese, jargon, or weasel words.
Our CounterMeasure litigation reports are one example showing our transparency and how we deliver recommendations to clients.
We outline the amounts at stake (broken out by year, issue, tax, penalties, and interest), anticipated litigation results, probabilities of success, and principled settlement scenarios. This way, you have all the information you need to accept (or challenge) our recommendations and make the best decisions.
You can click here to see a CounterMeasure litigation report sample.
People in the know, respected professionals, and the world’s largest legal and tax publishers consider the law firm's tax litigators "tax litigation experts" and "leading practitioners”.
Accountants and lawyers trust us, and they know the market, our people, and our work.
In fact, accountants and lawyers
Thomson Reuters identified our firm as "leading tax practitioners" and, on that basis, asked us to author five chapters (more than any other law firm in Canada) on tax shelters, judicial review, civil tax penalties, corporate residence, and tax litigation settlement strategies. If interested, you can read our corporate residence chapter. We're also working on Resolving Tax Disputes, 3rd edition.
LexisNexis calls Peter and Yoni "expert contributors" and distributes our tax podcast to its Practice Advisor database to give other lawyers access to our tax litigation insight and expertise.
There’s more, but you get the picture.
The law firm can clearly explain and demonstrate its litigation methodology and the tools it intends to use to analyze your case and win your tax dispute.
We built a unique tax litigation methodology and proprietary tax litigation software to win tax disputes, and we're always excited to explain how we work better and smarter.
CounterMeasure is a good example. Simply put, CounterMeasure amplifies our thinking. It allows us to uncover opportunities that other tax lawyers – working without our methodology and software – might overlook or never even consider.
To learn more, watch our little video.
If you’re really brave (or bored) you can read the first article that we published on risk and decision analysis in tax litigation. You can read our full CounterMeasure release article too. You can’t fake this type of dedication and enthusiasm.
If you still haven't had enough, ask us about our relevance diagrams and other things we do to build strong cases.
What's the quality of the testimonials and awards that the law firm and lawyer have received?
You'll like working with us.
You can read some of the nice things that our clients, other lawyers, and accountants say about us. They even let us publish their names so that you know they’re real. If you want to connect with any past clients or professionals, let us know.
We win reputable awards too (and we never buy those spammy pay-to-win lawyer awards).
The law firm can demonstrate it employs tax dispute workflow and project-management tools to save time and deliver superior results.
You want your lawyers to deliver high-quality work, you want the right people doing the work, and you want the dispute to move as quickly as possible.
We built a system (an award-winning and industry-leading one) for knowledge workers and tax litigation based on Lean Six Sigma principles to make sure that we're achieving your goals.
Our system integrates and leverages 57 (and counting) proprietary tax dispute process maps to ensure everything is speeding to the best result.
Listen to our Building NewLaw podcast S01E06 to learn why and how we believe that our infrastructure delivers the best results.
What percentage of the law firm’s practice is dedicated to serving and helping businesses at a similar size and growth stage?
We work with ambitious entrepreneurs and like-minded leaders. We work with people and businesses that we like and respect (and that like and respect us too).
Our entrepreneurs operate businesses that earn CAD$2 million to $40 million in annual revenue and are in the growth or expansion stage.
Generally speaking, our clients are fighting reassessments with $500,000 to $15 million at stake (but we work with clients with as “little” as $150,000 at stake, and we have experience representing businesses with as much as $25 million in dispute).
Are these the people that you want in your foxhole?
We offer our clients value-based pricing. We use the Performance Based Holdback ("PBH") Model.
Our PBH pricing ties our compensation (partly) to the outcomes and value we deliver. It aligns incentives and rewards efficiency. And it is flexible enough to enable adjustments along the way.
We know and accept no pricing model is perfect. But we do feel confident our PBH model is, all in all, the best way for us to partner with our clients.
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