Responsive solutions & applied innovation

Stikeman Elliott applies innovation to both legal solutions and methodology. This is how we became the firm clients come to when it counts the most. In fact, the mission of our innovation initiative is to seek out fresh ideas and productive tools and methods to serve clients better.

In this way we can:

  • Test the full extent of our legal expertise and discover solutions that may not be apparent to others.
  • Be proactive on our clients’ behalf, identifying opportunities for clients arising from changes in the law.
  • Approach old issues in entirely new ways to better reflect changes in business practices.
  • Help clients explore new opportunities and potential.

This proactive, creative and solution-driven way of approaching our clients’ business is supported by processes and technology that allow for smooth discovery, implementation and results.

Knowledge Management (KM)

Stikeman Elliott has made significant strategic investments in a dedicated Knowledge Management team as well as KM systems. This group consolidates and disseminates the insights of individual lawyers and deal teams. The team then captures and develops leading-edge intellectual capital, making it accessible firm-wide.


STELLA KM is our leading enterprise search platform. Stikeman Elliott lawyers and students use it to gain powerful access to our rich KM collection, closing books, internal experts and body of expertise by context as well as organized by practice group, legal topic and industry. This bilingual tool is so evolutionary, it was shortlisted for the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by ILTA. These state of the art systems support efficient research, collaboration and information delivery while KM lawyers and our professional library team help lawyers and students make the most of the firm’s resources.

Knowledge Hub

Our Knowledge Hub – a key component of the Stikeman Elliott website – focuses on significant developments in Canadian business law. Featuring expert analysis across more than 20 curated topic areas, the Knowledge Hub is user-friendly, timely and fully searchable. It includes our current and historical blog posts, client updates and legal guides and is a valuable resource for our lawyers, students and clients.

Tools and Methodologies

Ever seeking to improve performance, service and efficiency, Stikeman Elliott makes astute use of process improvements, new technologies and original approaches. First and foremost, we monitor new technologies and methodologies to spot those that are applicable to our practice groups. After determining how best to use any new tool or approach and match it to the right situation, we conduct pilot projects to make sure everything is implemented properly and runs smoothly, before taking it firm-wide.