What We do
Simplex Legal is changing the business of law. Our approach is simple and unique. We’ve created a formula to reduce your legal fees significantly while bringing you the best talent.
You have an existing legal team needing support. Our lawyers provide that support onsite or virtually.
You don’t have a legal team yet, or it’s thinly staffed. You have recurring legal work and are looking for a cost-effective solution. One that’s scaled to your needs.
You need a basic agreement and you’ll be damned if you’re going to pay a lawyer’s hourly rate when you know exactly what you need and can do it yourself. Stop here and see if we’ve got what you need.
Simplex Overhead vs. Traditional Overhead*
*Generally accepted data as reported in various surveys and articles, including the SURVEY OF LAW FIRM ECONOMICS (US data), available at www.almlegalintel.com/
Who We are
Simplex Legal has provided revolutionary services since 2009. As a new entity, we weren’t burdened by any legacy considerations. We didn’t have a defined service model and we didn’t have any financial commitments. We just had some experienced people who wanted to build a business that challenged the way legal services are delivered.
We realized in order to do that we would need seasoned people, with the confidence to step in and run without undue supervision.
We’re devoted people who are passionate about people, law and business. We believe you can have happy clients along with a healthy lifestyle.LEARN MORE ABOUT WHO WE ARE
Why We do what we do
In our previous law practices, we saw unhappy clients and unhappy lawyers. Clients were frustrated with high fees and as lawyers, we were dissatisfied with the pressure to bill rather than to service. We decided to challenge the least client-centric of the legal conventions and bring a service level commensurate with the best offerings outside of law.
– William Pollard
Simplex Legal lawyers have received the best training that the industry provides and, without exception, have honed their skills working in-house for some of Canada’s greatest companies. They have been called to the bar for at least ten years, thus have the experience necessary to hit the ground running.
Martine Boucher is one of the principals of Simplex and is originally from a small town not far from Montreal. She received her bachelor degree in 1995 from the Faculty of Law of the University of Montréal and passed the bar in 1997. She subsequently obtained her Common Law equivalency and passed the Alberta bar in 2012. She has extensive experience both with a national law firm and in-house with the likes of General Electric and CBC. She is fully bilingual and has concentrations in Natural Resources, Financing, Aircraft, Construction and Transportation.
Pierre is co-managing partner with Simplex and is bilingual in English and French. He is a well-rounded lawyer with close to 20 years of experience mainly in business law including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, governance, outsourcing, various business partnerships and a wide range of complex commercial transactions. He received his Bachelor of Laws Degree (Common Law) from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Laws Degree (Civil Law) from University of Sherbrooke.
Geoff is the other founder of Simplex and is the only non-lawyer in the group. His background is in commercial finance where he obtained ample experience as a customer of the legal industry. The view of the industry through the client’s eyes is something unique Geoff brings to Simplex. He works closely with our principals to challenge the conventions of the industry and to ensure there is always a client’s voice at the table.
Erika is a true Albertan who was born in Calgary, where she has lived most of her life. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from the University of Calgary in 1996 and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Laws in 2000 at the University of Victoria.
Erika returned to Calgary in 2000 and joined Bennett Jones LLP. Here she spent the majority of her time in the Civil Litigation arena, negotiating settlement agreements, analyzing case law and preparing case files.
Patricia (Trish) Steele has over 20 years experience in the practice of law in the areas of oil and gas, general corporate commercial, real estate and construction law. She has done a significant amount of transactional work in acquisitions and divestitures from $2 million to $500 million. She has also documented tax-driven reorganizations. Finally, she has managed employment and occupational health and safety matters and has delivered training to field personnel cross country in risk management as related to contract law.
Lynsey was called to the bar 13 years ago, and has extensive experience in Commercial, Regulatory and Employment law. She cut her professional teeth at a large law firm but has the bulk of her experience supporting a business as in-house counsel. Lynsey was called to the Law Society of Manitoba in 2002, the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2003 and the Law Society of Alberta in 2007.
Frédéric received his Bachelor of Common Law degree (cum laude) in 1994 and his Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1992 from the University of Ottawa. He is fully bilingual in French and English. He has extensive in-house counsel experience culminating as Head of Legal Services of a large food manufacturing company. Here he had a team of eight lawyers in three locations. He provided advisory services to the company principals, supported M&A activities and established credit facilities.
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in general counsel, driving strategic growth initiatives, financing and acquisition transactions, risk management, corporate governance, and executive compensation design. Recognized as an effective leader adept in assessing strategic and operational capabilities, structuring and implementing national and cross-border transactions, and streamlining overall operations for optimal business efficiency.
Andrea has over 10 years’ experience in the practice of law and is fluent in French, English and Hebrew. She is an active member of the New York State Bar. Andrea has a Diploma in International Studies from Université Montpellier III, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies and Political Science from McGill University and a Diploma in Political Science from the Institut D’Études Politiques. She continued her education at McGill Law School where she completing her Civil Law and Common Law Degree with Great Distinction.
Sabine has practiced for most of her career as inside counsel for a major Canadian financial institution. She is fluent in French and English. Her practice focusses on commercial law, banking security, litigation management and risk prevention. She also has a rich experience in corporate and real estate gained at a major law firm prior to moving in-house.
Sabine’s strengths include well-honed analytical skills and a strategic vision as well as litigation prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution.
Joanne has been practicing law for over 15 years, with extensive in-house experience in the Technology and Aerospace industries. She has provided legal guidance on global supply chain, logistics, risk prevention, intellectual property, employment law as well as trade and environmental compliance. Joanne’s strengths include risk management, conflict resolution, conflict management and commercial strategies. She has provided support virtually to geographically separated teams, in both French and English.
Ashley is the Vice President of Business Development at Simplex Legal and is one of the non-lawyers at Simplex. She has a 15 year background in marketing, business development and sales with ten of them being in the legal industry. Having spent six years at one of Canada’s largest law firms, reporting to the executive committee and board she has a unique understanding of the ever-changing ecosystem of legal services and what clients are in search of.
Tricia has been a practicing member of the Law Society of Alberta since 2001. With extensive experience in corporate commercial, intellectual property, governance, compliance, employment and contracts, she is accomplished and experienced giving and implementing practical business-minded strategic legal advice to organizations. She has led and developed legal teams and she combines her business and legal education to ensure her legal advice is grounded in the realities of business.
Thanks to some of our great clients for offering these comments!
We have been working with Simplex for many years and we are thoroughly pleased with their services. Whether to supplement our law department when faced with a surge of activity due to an increase in volume or special projects, or to fill-in during a lawyer’s maternity leave or while we recruit for a permanent position, our partnership with Simplex has provided a very flexible platform that has enabled us to provide seamless legal service coverage across the company. We use Simplex lawyers as an extension of our Law Department. Their lawyers have worked both on-site with us alongside of the other members of the law department and remotely, all to best suit our needs.
Vice President, Legal affairs
Resolute Forest Products
Very professional, prompt and straightforward service. When I’m wondering how our project is going, updates are provided promptly. Lynsey’s personality is approachable, friendly and very professional. I am happy that I do not need to spend time as a “go- between” to “translate” lawyer-speak from her to my internal clients. This is very important, as my internal clients would not respond well to a lawyer who is formal, stilted or inaccessible.
Simplex’s rates are completely reasonable. In short, I would describe Simplex and Lynsey’s service as excellent value. I think that I’m receiving high quality legal work at a very reasonable price. I would recommend Simplex.
Tricia Waddell, BA, MBA, JD
Mount Royal University
Trish has been outstanding and responsive to a variety of issues and legal matters. She has quickly grasped our desired business objectives and has been able to reflect those in her work product. Trish has been dedicated and committed to our business and I respect that she makes sure that the client is happy and that she has fully delivered quality work. I felt the quality was excellent. I did not need to worry about whether the work was being performed correctly or whether something was missed. 5 out of 5 on all.
James A. Bunta
Vice President Legal
AMEC Foster Wheeler
Charlotte, North Carolina
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