Surrey triumphs with law firm move to City Centre
Law firm McQuarrie Hunter LLP opened for business this week from their new Surrey offices in the Central City Tower. They are now the largest law firm in Surrey.
The move brings all 27 lawyers and 60 staff members together for the first time. The firm amalgamated three offices – two from Surrey and one from New Westminster — into one central, high-functioning and comfortable space. The move will enhance client service by way of improved collaboration and mentorship opportunities among lawyers and staff. “The move to Surrey was a business decision. It brings us better operational efficiencies, the newest technology and most of all, it provides Surrey with a sizable full service law firm for business, corporate and personal matters”, explains Managing Partner, Tako van Popta. The firm also serves clients in the Lower Mainland, other parts of British Columbia and across Canada.
“The City of Surrey is pleased to welcome the reputable law firm of McQuarrie Hunter to the growing community in City Centre,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Strong businesses are the backbone of our economy and make important contributions to the strength our city. We wish McQuarrie Hunter great success in their new home.”
The firm also recently appointed its first Chief Operating Officer (COO), Catherine Jacobs. Catherine has held several executive positions, most recently as COO of Vancouver law firm Watson Goepel Maledy LLP.
McQuarrie Hunter opened its first Surrey office in the 1950s and many firm members remain actively involved in Surrey community organizations. The firm’s largest office operated in New Westminster which opened in 1967 and became the area’s largest law firm. The firm continues to support many clients and several non-profit organizations in New Westminster.
McQuarrie Hunter LLP background:
McQuarrie Hunter LLP was first founded in Surrey, BC in the 1950s.
- The firm had a significant presence in New Westminster since 1967.
- The firm currently has 27 lawyers and 60 staff.
- The firm is active in the following Surrey organizations: Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, Surrey Chamber of Commerce, the Fraser Valley University Society, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, the International Rotary Club of Surrey, the Surrey Sailing Club, and Options Surrey Community Services.
- The new office space is an entire floor at the Central City Tower and approximately 17,000 sq. ft.