Canadian law firm Gowlings combines with Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. in U.K.

TORONTO – Gowlings, one of Canada’s leading law firms, has teamed with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. to create a new international law firm.

The firm says Monday’s launch of Gowling WLG, which is home to more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities around the globe, marks a historic occasion in Canadian legal and business circles.

Typically, Canadian law firms have been absorbed by their larger international counterparts.

But Gowlings says the deal announced Monday marks the first time that a Canadian law firm has co-led an international law firm combination.