History and Firm Overview
Anderson & Co. finds its origins in the 1914 practice of the late Judge Bothwell. Judge Bothwell was followed by George Roth and the late Judge MacLelland. The firm has evolved from those early days into an 8 lawyer practice, whose former members include 3 Queen’s Bench/Superior Court Judges (the latest being Madam J. Ryan-Froslie appointed to the Queen’s Bench in 2000 and Mr. Justice Timothy J. Keene, appointed to the Queen’s Bench in 2009), a provincial court magistrate, and two lawyers having attained Queen’s Counsel designation. Madam J. Ryan-Froslie was later appointed to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan in 2013.
The firm is the largest law firm in the City of Swift Current, and a leader in agricultural law in the Province. In addition to the 8 lawyers, the firm has 20 secretaries/paralegals, divided into working groups focusing on real estate, corporate, and estate work respectively, as well as numerous personal secretaries/assistants.
We have always considered our office to “hit above its weight ” and our firm’s numbers in terms of the use of provincial registries bear this out.
When last checked Anderson & Company ranked as follows:
- ISC (land titles) usage: #1 for rural firms and #10 (out of 300 law firms in total)
- Corporations Branch (Sask Justice) usage: #6 province wide
The firm moved into its present Swift Current office in 2002. The previous structure was completely gutted and entirely renovated. The year that we moved into our new office, we became the proud winner of the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce’s “Property Appearance“ award.
Swift Current is located in Southwestern Saskatchewan, on the Trans-Canada highway connecting Regina and Moose Jaw with Medicine Hat. It is in the heart of the Saskatchewan agriculture community, as well as the oil and gas sector. Swift Current benefits from one of the largest gas reserves discovered in recent Canadian history, as well as the recent development of oil projects in the Shaunavon area.
The City is home to approximately 16,000 people and has one of the lowest crime rates in Saskatchewan (or Canada for that matter). The City has recently undertaken a flurry of commercial and residential construction, including the construction of a brand new $30 million hospital and a casino and arts center.
The City is located a ½ hour from Lake Diefenbaker and sports 3 excellent 18 hole golf courses in and around the City. Other attractions include the Cypress Hills, located near Maple Creek, and the Swift Current Bronco’s, a perennial powerhouse of the Western Hockey League. The City is also just 6 hours from the Rocky Mountains, making it close enough to entertain thoughts of those weekend ski get-aways.
The Articling Opportunity
Prospective articling students with Anderson & Co. can expect a great range of workloads, areas of practice, and responsibility. We attempt to correlate your academic career with the needs of our clientele, resulting in an acute awareness of the law and its application to practical realities.
The successful candidate will work under most lawyers in the firm, resulting in a very broad-based experience, as can be seen by the respective lawyer’s biographies above. In the end, it is hoped the successful candidate will be sufficiently exposed to all areas of practice to make an informed decision as to where their interests lie and strengths are best suited.
As far as academics are concerned, prospective candidates should have been relatively successful in their law school pursuits. One will also note the agricultural focus of the firm and its clientele, which implies that although not required, a farm background is a definite asset. At the very least we require lawyers with the ability to communicate on a personal level with our clients.
Given the difficulty of general practice and the quality expected in our articling students, in return for your talents, Anderson & Co. will deliver a salary near the top of articling positions for Saskatchewan. Additionally, one can expect an average work-week in terms of hours and the ability to participate in social functions (namely numerous golf tournaments) on behalf of the firm. We will also pay your Bar Course fees.
We consider a successful articling year ending in an association with Anderson & Co. in the years to come with the goal of ultimately attaining partner.